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Nestled in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Calgary is a treasure. After our time in Banff, we recently visited Calgary and enjoyed exploring the town. Visiting Calgary in June is the absolute best time to go. Many students are still in school in the US & Canada, so you visit right before the peak summer season in July & August.
Calgary is a fun town for all ages. If traveling with kids, there are many family-friendly activities. But don’t worry; there’s lots to do if you are kid-free in Calgary. There’s a vibrant culture and many outdoor activities. Calgary is a great place for a vacation in the month of June.
Best Activities in Calgary in June
June is an amazing time to visit Calgary- crowds are lower, the weather is fantastic, with warm temperatures and a late sunset time giving you extra time to enjoy being outdoors.
1. Heritage Park Historical Village
Heritage Park is a massive living history museum in Calgary that preserves the rich history of western Canada. The center focuses on the 1860’s-1950’s. It is one of the best places to learn about local history. Also, you can watch reenactments, ride a train, hear ghost stories, shop, and eat.
On Saturdays in the summer (starting in June), they have Market nights from 3-9. Local vendors sell their homemade items, and admission is free. It is also pet-friendly!
2. Calgary Zoo
If you travel with kids, a zoo is always a great idea. My kids are fairly active, so we build in activities that allow them to burn off some energy, and a zoo is a great way to achieve this goal with a dose of family fun.
From late June-August, the zoo offers breakfast with gorillas. You will enjoy a pancake breakfast while learning about gorillas and their habitat. Or choose the Sunday Safari brunch if that fits your schedule better. On a fun note, it has a chocolate fountain for guests to dip fruit into!
pic credit: K. Brothers
Visiting the zoo is one of the best Calgary events in warm weather.
3. Prince’s Island Park
One of our favorite spots in Calgary is Prince’s Island Park. We spent an afternoon leisurely walking through the park. You can rent scooters, and bikes, grab ice cream, play on the playground or enjoy a picnic. It is a wonderful way to relax and take in the beautiful scenery of Calgary.
It also has public bathrooms if needed, which is nice!
In the heart of downtown Calgary, you’ll find the Tower, which gives visitors panoramic views of the city and the Rocky Mountains. At night, it lights up with different colors to represent special events, holidays, and city events.
In June, guests can visit from 10 am-10 pm. Ticket prices are reasonable, especially for children. Kids under three are free.
Book a river rafting trip on the Bow River through Calgary if the weather is warm enough. The trip is relatively calm and a nice way to take in scenic views of Calgary. This isn’t white water rafting but rather a float through town in rafts that hold four, six, eight, or ten people. Plus, you don’t need a guide.
Calgary is a bike-friendly city. During our visit to Canada, I couldn’t believe how many people were on bikes to move around the city. There are designated trails in the city for bike riders.
You can also bike at the Glenmore Reservoir or the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway, a loop around the city. Biking the loop is a great experience for outdoors people. Or you can go further outside of town to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.
7. Devonian Gardens
If you have time, check out Devonian Gardens, a botanical garden in the heart of Calgary. This indoor garden displays over 500 trees and 50 types of plants. This will be a great activity if it rains.
8. Fort Calgary
For history buffs, you must visit Fort Calgary, where the Bow & Elbow rivers meet in town. This site demonstrates the early history of the city’s founding as well as the influence of the Métis in the area.
In the summer, they run a series called Films at the Fort, where they screen and talk about a specific movie. They offer this event several times in the summer, and the movies differ each night.
9. Walking Tour
If I have time, I love to walk the city. It is the best way to get a feel for a city; you can see so much more versus driving through town. You can download audio tours that guide you through the city if you aren’t sure where to start. The prices are low, so it’s a good deal.
There’s also the opportunity for small group guided walking tours too.
10. National Indigenous History Month
In Canada, June is National Indigenous History Month, and celebrations are at various locations across the city. It is a time to celebrate, recognize and learn about the indigenous groups in Canada, such as First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. The actual day is celebrated on June 21st.
Calgary holds celebrations in the city as well. In previous years, they’ve hosted Blackfoot Hand game tournaments and Métis jigging lessons. Visit Calgary’s official city website for upcoming events.
11. Dine at a local steakhouse
If you visit over Father’s Day weekend, schedule dinner to celebrate dear ole dad. Calgary, in particular, is known for its beef, so plan and reserve a table at one of the best steakhouses in town. Caesar’s Steakhouse, Carver’s Steakhouse, and Modern Steak are just a few recommendations.
12. Olympic Park
Visit the site of the 1988 Olympic Park! See the great ski slopes, the bobsled trail, and the snowboarding route. You can participate in mountain biking, mini golf, and downhill karting in the summer. Check their website for updates; some were under construction when we visited.
13. Glenbow Museum
Looking for an art museum while visiting Calgary? If so, make sure to carve out time to visit Glenbow. For planning purposes, the museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
14. Stephen Avenue
Make sure to visit Calgary’s pedestrian with shopping, restaurants, and entertainment options.
15. Calaway Park
If you travel with kids, you’ll want to add a day to visit Calgary’s local amusement park, Calaway Park which has over 32 rides and activities.
You can easily spend a day at Calaway Park having the best family adventure.
Day trips from Calgary
Calgary is the gateway to several national parks in the Canadian Rockies. If you don’t have time to add a few days to your trip, consider a day trip to one of the parks. You can go alone, as they are about 1.5 hours away, or on an organized tour if you don’t have a rental car.
If you can make time for a day trip to Banff, you will never regret it. In fact, you will immediately start planning a trip to return.
So you only have a day? You can book an organized tour to take you to the main stops, and you’ll briefly see a lot. This is great if you don’t want to mess with planning it, as you’ll need passes to get into those beautiful lakes. A tour takes all the planning and stress away!
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If you are like my husband and I, we love to explore and want to be in control of our time. You’ll need to purchase a one-day pass to the park when you arrive—however, purchase tickets for the shuttle to Lake Louise and Lake Moraine beforehand. You can’t reach Lake Moraine without the shuttle. Seeing both lakes will take a chunk of your day.
If you have extra time, look into a hike to Johnston Canyon, take the gondola ride in Banff, or walk the adorable town of Banff.
18. Yoho National Park
About 2 hours away, you’ll discover the beauty of Yoho National Park. Book your shuttle reservation to Lake O’Hara or take a hike. You can hike to see the Burgess Shale fossils or the iconic Natural Bridge.
If you want to see a bit of Yoho & Banff on the same day, book an organized tour to quickly take you to Lake Louise & Moraine before moving on to Yoho. A tour will take out the stress of parking and the shuttles.
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Where to stay in Calgary
We’ve recently become big fans of the Hyatt chain because we can transfer credit card points. Hyatt points go further than many other chains.
Hyatt Regency Calgary is a Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Winner due to its amazing location and views of the Tower. The hotel has a relaxing spa and pool with scenic city views.
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Looking to stay in the heart of Calgary but on a mid-range budget? Then Le Germain Hotel is your place at a reasonable price. You are close to the Tower, Olympic Plaza, and Glenbow Museum. You are also close to Stephen Avenue, a pedestrian walkway with many shops and restaurants.
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If you are on a tighter budget, consider staying near the airport at Hyatt Place. The drive into town isn’t long, and you can save some money. We stayed here during our trip and found the hotel clean with a good breakfast. Plus, there’s a free shuttle to the airport.
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- Adult Sunscreen
- Child Sunscreen
- Travel bookbag
- Apple AirTag for each suitcase
- kids headphones
- Adult Water bottles
- Child water bottles
- Granola bars
- Protein snack
- Applesauce for kids
- Portable fan to attach to stroller
FAQ: Visiting Calgary
Calgary is easier than ever to reach from any major airport in the US & Canada. We flew directly from Atlanta to Calgary International Airport, and customs was the easiest process we had ever encountered. We place Apple AirTags in each of our checked bags.
Also, we found the people we met in Calgary incredibly friendly and welcoming.
🍁Is June a good time to visit?
June is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful time to visit. Cold winters are officially over, and Canadians are outside enjoying the sunshine.
The crowds are smaller than in July when guests are in town for the Stampede, or visitors headed north to the National Parks at Banff, Yoho or Jasper.
🍁What are the temperatures in June?
The average temperature in June is in the high 60s, but you may find yourself experiencing warmer weather. When we visited in June, it was in the 80’s! Make sure to check the weather forecast before you start packing. We brought jeans and light jackets but needed shorts almost every day. Regardless, the whole family had a great time.
As a side note, June is the wettest month in Calgary, so pack a rain jacket and an extra pair of shoes.
🍁When is the Calgary Stampede?
The Stampede is in mid-July.
🍁Is Calgary worth visiting?
Calgary is definitely worth visiting, and we would go back without any hesitation. The city offers activities for all ages in all seasons. There are athletic and cultural events, live music, great food, and warm weather. This time of year is absolutely beautiful.
🍁How many days do you need in Calgary?
You’ll want at least 2-3 days to explore Calgary. I would do at least 2 days and then head north for a day trip to Banff or stay several days in the national parks as they are some of the most beautiful in North America.
In Conclusion: Visit Calgary in June- The Best Things to Do, 2023
Living in the South, I didn’t grow up hearing about the beauty of Canada. We went to National Parks like Yellowstone and Grand Canyon in the American West but didn’t consider Canada until the last few years. What a mistake that was!
We loved our time in Calgary & Banff and honestly can’t wait to return. And when we do- it will most definitely be in June. Calgary in June is a rare treat with great weather and lower crowds. I hope my post has helped you plan your next great adventure to Calgary.