One of my favourite things to do in the summer is going on road trips, which is what makes living in Calgary so great. Because no matter which direction you go in, you’ll always find something interesting, unique and maybe even a little strange.

I was on Breakfast Television to share some of my tips for super short road trips.I purposely left out mountain destinations because I find the mountains so busy these days, it gives you a great excuse to explore different parts of the province.

Check out the segment, with more info about each spot below:

Alice Sanctuary
(50 minutes from downtown calgary)

The Alice Sanctuary is a not-for-profit, interactive sanctuary for animals located in Alberta, Canada, whose aim is to connect people and rescued farm animals. Tours run only on Saturdays from 11 to 1pm and are $10 a person.


Trekcetera Museum
(90 minutes from downtown calgary)

The movie memorabilia collection to end all movie memorabilia collections! While Drumheller might be known for it’s dinosaurs, be sure to also check out the Trekcetera Museum, which is home to authentic, original costumes, props and set pieces used on various Star Trek series and movies and on other iconic films and TV series such as Hell On Wheels, Magnificent Seven, Harry Potter, Thunderbirds, Sherlock Holmes, Men In Black, Titanic, Terra Nova, Brokeback Mountain, Superman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Drew Carey Show, and more.

Adults – $ 14.00 Seniors (65 and over) – $ 12.00 Youth (7 – 17) – $ 10.00 Family (2 adults & 6 youth) – $38.00 Military (with I.D.) – $12.00 Children Under 6 – Free with adult entry

Aspen Crossing
(60 minutes from downtown Calgary)

If you love trains, you’ll love Aspen Crossing, which features a Dining Car Restaurant, Scenic Train Tours, Caboose Cabins, Greenhouses, Campground where you can rent a caboose and sleep in it.

The train tours last up to 3.5 hours and feature different types of trips, including: Champagne brunch, High Tea, Wine and Cheese, Dinner Theatre, Ales on Raise, Circus Train and more.

Turner Valley / Black Diamond -area

If you haven’t visited these two small town just outside of Calgary lately, a lot has changed. Some of my favourite places to visit include the Eau Claire Distillery, Branch, Westwood and Marv’s Soda Shop. Lots of great antique shops and bike and walking trails.

Mike Morrison