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10 Activities for Seniors Around Calgary and Edmonton

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Get out and experience the great outdoors with this list of these great day trips ideas around Calgary and Edmonton.

It's time to put on a sweater and explore the outdoors. Here, we'll show you where to discover the rich history, serene lakes and towering peaks.

This guide will leave you with a fall schedule of delightful adventures as you explore the best this region offers. Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast, a fearless adventurer, or a history buff, we have ideas to suit all budgets and tastes.

“Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast, a fearless adventurer, or a history buff, we have ideas to suit all budgets and tastes. Breathe in the fresh Alberta air as you explore the vast and beautiful landscape.”

Breathe in the fresh Alberta air as you explore the vast and beautiful landscape. And allow us to reveal ten activities for seniors in Calgary and Edmonton this season.

1. Banff Gondola

Visit beautiful Banff (1) and ascend to the top of Sulphur Mountain via a state-of-the-art gondola. Your eight-minute journey over the snow-covered trees will offer a trip to remember.

The view captures six mountain ranges and the Bow Valley offering you a breathtaking landscape. This visit is fully accessible for those with limited mobility, including wheelchairs.

You can explore the informative discovery centre at the summit, learning more about this famous national park. And at the top is the Sky Bistro, an award-winning restaurant.

2. Lake Minnewanka Cruise

If you love cruises, you can enjoy exploring Banff's Minnewanka Lake (2). The cruise includes an expert guide around this location's beautiful natural wonders and wildlife.

For the more adventurous, there are also motorboat rentals and even canoeing.

This cruise is perfect for unwinding and breathing in the crisp, clean mountain air. Food is available at the onshore shop, or you can bring a picnic for a warm autumn day trip.

3. Banff National Park Vintage Open Top Tour

Consider stepping back in time for a tour of Banff National Park aboard a vintage open-top bus on those warm fall days. This guided journey through the mountain landscape will provide a rich history of the area.

You'll learn some captivating stories during this 1.5-hour tour. Plus, you have some unbeatable photographic opportunities, including the Bow River.

If you stay in Banff, this tour will include a hotel pick-up and drop-off, making it an ideal time for those with limited mobility.

4. Dinosaur Provincial Park

The Dinosaur Provincial Park is a two-hour ride from Calgary and a must-stop on any tour. This Canadian park is a UNESCO World Heritage (3) site rich in prehistoric history.

It contains some of the best deposits of dinosaur fossils in the world. The park offers guided tours to view the excavation sites. Or you can explore the park independently.

The site offers an educational centre, making it a fascinating and unforgettable day.

5. Kananaskis Nordic Spa

The Kananaskis Nordic Spa is the perfect retreat to help you feel rested and rejuvenated. It's set in the heart of nature, offering a therapeutic setting surrounding the most breathtaking scenery.

The spa offers everything from a wellness centre, including hot, warm and cold pools, hammocks and treatments. The resort also has an on-site bistro with a range of local cuisine.

This adult-only getaway is the perfect choice for seniors looking for a tour to help them unwind.

6. Elk Island National Park

Elk Island National Park (4) is three hours from Calgary and a short drive from Edmonton. This park is a paradise for those wanting to discover nature and wildlife.

The park is a haven for bison, elk and hundreds of bird species. There are hikes to take on the official trails, or you can hire a boat to enjoy Astotin Lake.

The park also boasts a Dark Sky Preserve for those wanting to experience the spectacular night sky. Take a picnic to this spot to enjoy lunch in one of the beautiful park areas.

7. Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Drive an hour from Edmonton and arrive at the fascinating and historic Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (5). And from Calgary, it is only an extra two or three hours, so it's a perfect spot for an overnight trip.

This village is an open-air museum that educates visitors on the Ukrainian pioneers who arrived in Canada during the late 19th century.

The site includes over 30 restored buildings to discover. That includes traditional church buildings and schools. Costumed tour guides help you explore the area and discover this fascinating Canadian history.

They also offer special events throughout the year, plus a taste of traditional Ukrainian dishes.

8. Métis Crossing

For an immersive cultural experience, visit the Métis Crossing (6). This exceptional venue provides a rich history of the Métis people, including their traditions and lifestyle.

The guided tour will provide an in-depth educational experience, and there are self-guided tours too. There are also workshops you can book for a more hands-on educational day.

You'll learn traditional arts and crafts and leave the venue with new skills and tales from a unique trip.

9. University of Alberta Botanical Gardens

The botanical gardens situated at the University of Alberta offer a delightful day out. These gardens span 240 acres, giving you ample space to explore.

The gardens host over 7000 plant species, all in stunning displays that will inspire those with green thumbs. Three must-see gardens include the Indigenous, Aga Khan, and Japanese Garden.

On-site, you'll also have the chance to book one of the many workshops and events throughout the year. Or you can simply enjoy the peaceful oasis of this beautiful outdoor space.

10. Reynolds-Alberta Museum

The Reynolds-Alberta Museum (7) is a celebration of Canada's technological history. It has a vast collection of vintage cars, planes, and farming equipment, perfect for the transport enthusiast.

Visitors can explore the interactive exhibits or the many events throughout the summer and fall to learn how these innovations shaped Canada's history. Must-see exhibitions include the Aviation Display Hanger.

Ten Exciting Activities for Seniors

Alberta's beautiful autumn scenery beckons, so how will you use this time to create memorable experiences? Will you opt for the breathtaking scenery or cultural touchpoints? With these ten activities for seniors, you have plenty of choices.

Join the senior independent living community and discover what More Living can be for you. Book a tour to get started or call us at 1-877-929-9222.


1. Parks Canada: Activities and Experience – Banff National Park
2. Banff & Lake Louise Tourism: Lake Minnewanka
3. UNESCO World Heritage Centre: Dinosaur Provincial Park
4. Parks Canada: Elk Island National Park
5. Government of Alberta: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
6. Métis Crossing
7. Government of Alberta: Reynolds Museum – Celebrating the Spirit of the Machine

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