Tuesday, August 30, 2011

5 Ways to Spend Labour Day Weekend in the City

With fall around the corner, here are five ways to soak up the last of the summer sun in and around the city this long weekend (more to come later in the week):

Even if you don’t adhere to the no-white-post-Labour-Day rule (who really does?), have a little fun with an all-white dress-up lawn bowling event. Get teams together and crown a lawn bowling champ. (Naturally, you’ll need one last little white summer dress for the occasion.)

Calgary Lawn Bowling Club; 1238 16 Ave. S.W.; 403-245-4341

Braveheart is on TV again but instead of settling for the couch, and Mel Gibson for that matter, head to Canmore for this annual end-of-summer event that includes highland dance and piping and drumming competitions, heavy sports contest, sheep dog demonstrations, Celtic wares and traditional food and beverages.

Centennial Park, Canmore; 403-678-9454

Relive your favorite Friday Night Lights moments at a real football game this long weekend as the Calgary Stampeders take on the Edmonton Eskimos in what is known as the greatest rivalry in CFL. No interest in football? No worries; the people-watching alone is totally worth the ticket price. 

McMahon Stadium; 1817 Crowchild Trail; 403-282-2044

True Calgarians love their rafting, so what are you waiting for? If you’re a beginner, start with the calmer Elbow River before graduating to The Bow (perhaps next summer).

We all scream for ice cream – especially before the temperatures drop to 40 below. Indulge in the summertime treat at the historic ice cream shop in Cochrane, just a short drive out of the city but well worth it thanks to the gorgeous scenery.

Mackay’s; 220 1st St. W., Cochrane; 403-932-2455

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