We're Getting Back to Normal! With the recent announcement from the Alberta government about their Open for Summer Plan, we thought it'd be a good time to revisit the idea of a summer staycation. As we’ve all been doing our part, it’s understandable to be feeling a little cooped up, so it’s time to stretch our legs a bit. Back in November, we gave you some ideas on places close to home to explore. Let's expand on that list and throw in a bit of a summer twist!

Hotel Arts

Credit: Hotel Arts

"On warm and sunny summer days, there's no better place to be than poolside nestled in the hotel's outdoor courtyard."
The last time we made a staycation list, we included Hotel Arts Kensington - a lovely place to treat yourself for a night or two. This time around, our sights are set on cocktails by the pool! Centrally located on 12th Ave in Victoria Park, Hotel Arts is the ideal place to escape, without putting on too many kilometres. Book yourself in for a few days and soak in the energy and excitement of Calgary's core, or quietly recharge your batteries.

Check out Hotel Art's Calgary Staycation, Three Ways to get a feel for everything they offer!

Columbia Icefield & the Athabasca Glacier

"Ancient stories, astounding scenery and a deep sense of wonder are at the heart of this unforgettable experience."
Touring through the Rockies is always an exciting adventure. This summer, set your GPS to Jasper and the Columbia Icefields to experience one of the most spectacular sights, right in Alberta. The Columbia Icefield is the largest in the Rockies, covering 325 sq km. Melting summer snow accumulates, turning into ice, flowing outward through the surrounding passes, creating fingers of ice - the most well-known being the Athabasca Glacier.

Book a tour to explore this wonder on a giant Ice Explorer, or pack your hiking shoes for some self-guided exploration! 

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

"Remains of campsites, bones and artifacts such as arrowheads and pottery fragments are often found eroding out of the riverbank."
Pack up the tent and sleeping bags, and don't forget your hiking shoes and swimsuit! Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park has it all - the Milk River to swim in, a campground to sleep at, Hoodoos to explore, and petroglyphs and pictographs to marvel at. There's more than enough to be entertained here for a week-long stay.

Plan your stay and take a look at some of the incredible photos from other's adventures before you set out on yours at Travel Alberta.

Sylvan Lake

"Gather, make memories, and celebrate together in our lively lake town. Set a jam-packed itinerary for all ages, or relax together at a slower pace."
When you want to get out of town, but camping or hiking isn't your thing, Sylvan Lake is an incredible choice for a relaxing and fun-filled weekend! Book tee times at four golf courses in the area, spend the afternoon paddling along the shoreline, and have a relaxing evening enjoying delicious food at one of the many local dining options. And don't worry, no tent is needed! There are many hotels in town to get a good night's sleep.

There are too many activities and experiences to be had at Sylvan Lake for us to mention. We suggest you take a look for yourself!

Where are your favourite staycation places? Or do you enjoy spending time at home? Let us know! Tag us @urbanupgrade on Facebook and Instagram.