Jackson at Walden – Five ways to spend your Summer in the South

I don’t know about you, but I like my summer’s hot, busy, and filled with lots of fun, creative activities!

Jackson at Walden has created a “favourite things to do in the summer” list for you, so you can get out and have fun:

             1.  Heritage Park – If you are looking for something historical, where the family can enjoy all the sights, activities and learn about our Western Canadian Heritage, then Heritage Park is for you. With daily activities, guided tours, ferry rides and more. It’s pure entertainment here.  During the summer months, Heritage Town Square, Gasoline Alley Museum and the Historical Village are open. Heritage Town Square, loaded with great shopping, restaurants and a two acre nature park, is located before the gates and is FREE!

The Park hours are from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm during the summer months. $26.25 for general admission, $13.50 for a child, $18.75 for youth, and $20.50 for seniors.

             2.  Spruce Meadows – Root for your favourite riders at Spruce Meadows.  Head to this world class equestrian venue to take in all of  the events.  Honour our Canadian Military, enjoy shopping, art displays, pony rides, face painting, wagon rides, and the family favourite RE/MAX Prairie Dogs from Friday to Sunday. Admission is $5.00 for adults, seniors and children get in for FREE!  Lots to do at this venue, grab a bite to eat while watching the show and enjoy the fresh air.

            3. Sikome Lake – Take the family to the lake, or pack a picnic with your friends to spend the day at the beach. Sikome Lake offers a great outdoor swimming and sun bathing experience. Sun, sandy beach, concession amenities, playground and change rooms to accommodate everyone. Hours of operation vary depending on weather, open typically from 10:00 am- 7:30 pm. The lake can be accessed by Bow Bottom Trail S.E. or Sun Valley Boulevard S.E. off Highway 22X.

           4. Fish Creek Park – Get on your walking shoes and set out for a day of nature at Fish Creek Park- the largest nature park that runs through our city! The day will consist of hands-on family activities, where you can learn about the watersheds, the surrounding parks and various protected lands.  Teaching us how to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  Exhibits will be set up throughout the Glennfield day-use area where you can learn more about wildlife, recreation, and conservation in the prairies, foothills and mountain park areas.  Plus tons of kids’ entertainment, fly fishing demonstrations, interpretive shows, guided walks, food, amenities, and fun – all at no-cost!

           5. The Saskatoon Farm – My personal favourite- The Saskatoon Farm! As kids, my mom took my sister and I here every summer to pick berries and have lunch. It’s a great little farm for kids to run around, they-pick or U-pick (if you’re in the mood to pick berries and soak up the sun), or you could stop in to purchase berries,  jams,  jellies or baked goods and dine in at the cafe. Serving breakfast and/or lunch. It’s an amazing spot to drive out to for the gift shop, for great gift ideas from the pottery to the gift baskets, lawn ornaments and more. From Calgary head south on Macleod Trail for about 19 km, continue eight km past the Okotoks overpass.  Head east  (left) on 338 Ave. for about three km. This road is a dead end and goes straight to the farm.  They are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day!

I hope you are able to enjoy one of the activities above, be sure to let us know how it goes!

Until next time,

Whitney @ Jackson.

Photo cred to:

Fish Creek Photo – jockrutherford

Heritage Park Ferris Wheel- Nicolas Hesson

Heritage Park Sign – Mark Stephenson

Sikome Lake – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikome_Lake