Beat the Heat
It has been a scorcher of a summer this year in Southern Alberta, we’ve even broken a couple record highs. The only problem? Finding a new way to beat the heat when the heat seems never ending.
the risk of heat exhaustion so high, please make sure you’re staying cool and
hydrated but don’t give up on exploring!
On the exceptionally hot days, stay indoors - solve a puzzle, let the kids bounce around for hours, check out a museum! The Royal Tyrrell has over 160 000 fossils on display, enough to fill a day and keep everyone excited as you make your way through the land of dinos.
There’s also the Atlas Coal Mine just a stone’s throw away, where you can check out the life of a miner and make your way into what used to be a fully functioning coal mine in Drumheller. Spend the peak of the day inside the mine with your decades old head lamp on to light the way and keep cool while getting a hint of something new.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump just outside Fort Macleod has 6 floors of interactive exhibits inside! We all learn about buffalo jumps in school, but the impeccable displays inside their interpretive center bring a whole new understanding to what happened on the land years ago and just what went into making sure no part of the buffalo went wasted.
Ever watch a horror movie and wonder how you’d fair in a situation where you’re trapped? Obviously you’d do better than some of these characters, right? The adrenaline and curiosity that comes from being trapped is what has made escape rooms all the rage these last couple years. Grab a few buddies and escape the blistering heat for an hour while you try to get out of whatever situation you decide to trap yourselves in.
Maybe the hardest part of the hot days for parents is keeping the kiddos entertained when it feels too hot to even move. Take ‘em to an indoor jungle gym or trampoline park. Wear ‘m’ Out and Get Air Lethbridge will keep the kiddos entertained for hours and all you have to do is get them there! And they’ll be too exhausted after to fight with their siblings... Probably.
And if all else fails, head to the water.
Floating along Milk River and the Old Man River is a right of passage in the area and a relaxing way to keep cool while enjoying the sun. Just don’t forget to layer on the SPF.
There’s also Park Lake, Beauvais Lake and Wally’s Beach to keep cool and just spend a day on or in the water. But don’t forget, just because you are in the water, you still need to drink lots of it! Stay hydrated in there!
Still really want to get out and go for a hike? Consider shaded trails to glacial lakes. The shocking chill is even more refreshing on a hot day after a long hike.