Casual fun at a Botanic Garden date night (photo: Paul Swanson/University of Alberta Botanic Garden)

Things to Do in Alberta This June

By AMA Staff

As spring gives way to summer, get out and enjoy all the province has to offer—in the mountains, on the water, in gardens and even underground. And for more ways to save with your AMA membership, even without a car, visit justacard.ca.

STOP TO SMELL THE ROSES—AND MORE!
Enjoy an evening surrounded by lush, fragrant blooms by attending one of the University of Alberta Botanic Garden’s themed date nights. Great for couples—but also open to groups, families and even singletons—the ticketed events feature an oil and vinegar tasting (June 15), waltz lessons (June 22), and craft beer and garden games (June 29). Of course, if you’d rather just enjoy the garden, it remains open to the public on date nights—as does the outdoor Patio Café.

DIG INTO THE ATLAS COAL MINE
Head back in time and unearth the life of a circa-1930s coal miner in East Coulee. The town outside of Drumheller is home to the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, as well as the East Coulee School Museum; they’ve come together to offer a unique Mine and Dine experience on June 10 (and then again on August 19, September 9 and October 14). The immersion includes many opportunities to get up close and personal with mining artifacts and present-day local miners, and culminates with a family-style Hungarian supper, paying tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who original settled in the area.

SEE VANGUARD MUSICIANS AT STUDIO BELL
Making memorable melodic moments in the stock-in-trade of the National Music Centre’s Studio Bell. In addition to its ongoing exhibitions spread over five floors, the institution’s Artist in Residence program features public workshops by some of North America’s most unique musicians. June is a big month for fans of avant-garde electronic music, with appearances by L.A.-based synth master Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (June 22) and legendary Canadian DJ and producer Richie Hawtin, a.k.a. Plastikman (June 28).

CRUISE THE ALBERTA-MONTANA BORDER
Step aboard the M.V. International tour boat (this year celebrating its 90th year on the water) for a two-hour scenic cruise in Waterton Lakes National Park. In June, Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co. runs three daily, guided tours that offer stunning views of the surrounding mountain peaks, waterfalls and wildlife. Intrepid hikers can choose to disembark midway at the Goat Haunt Ranger Station in Montana, and then catch a later boat back to Canadian soil. (Naturally, you’ll be required to present your passport should you choose to hike at Goat Haunt.) AMA members can pick up a Parks Canada Discovery pass at AMA centres

DRIFT THROUGH THE HEART OF CALGARY
Spend some time floating down Calgary’s Bow and Elbow rivers this summer. Local outfitter Lazy Day Raft Rentals provides rafts for four to 10 people—plus paddles, life jackets and shuttle service. Choose to meander along the Elbow—a slower, shorter trip perfect for families with young kids—or the Bow, which is larger, faster and colder, with multiple entrance and exit points to pick from. The company even offers picnic lunches, which you can stop and savour at one of the many parks along the way.

PADDLE UP TO EDMONTON
Northern Albertans can also enjoy surrender to the current: On weekends from June to September you can rent a two-person canoe and paddle the North Saskatchewan River from Devon to Edmonton. A shuttle from Edmonton’s Emily Murphy Park takes you south of Edmonton; once you’re in your canoe, plan for a leisurely five- to six-hour trip back to the city. You’ll want to make stops for lunch and snack breaks, wildlife spotting, and maybe even fishing and swimming.

GET WET IN KANANASKIS COUNTRY
Or see the Alberta Rockies by water—with a half-day guided rafting trip, on the Kananaskis, Bow or Red Deer rivers, provided by the Inside Out Experience. After navigating the swirling rapids, you can kick back for an optional barbecue steak lunch. AMA members save 15% on adult rates, and 20% on family rates.

CROSS A RIVER ON A RAFT
If you find yourself driving the North Dinosaur Trail (Highway 838) near Drumheller, you’ll stumble upon a quirk of history: For more than a century, the road has spanned the Red Deer River not with a bridge, but the Bleriot Ferry. Named for Andre Bleriot, who built the 105-metre crossing’s first timber raft, it’s now a cable-towed deck for up to 13 mid-size cars. While you’re in the area, don’t miss your chance to visit the Royal Tyrell Museum. AMA members save 10% on admission.

SEE EDMONTON’S BEST ON A SEGWAY
If you’d rather stay on dry land, why not scoot around on a Segway tour through Edmonton’s river valley—North America’s largest urban parkland. Never been on a Segway? Not to worry: The 90-minute guided tour begins with a training session to help you get your bearings on the trendy two-wheeler.

WARM UP IN THE ROCKIES
Regardless of whether you’ve spent the day hiking, biking and sightseeing in the mountains, it’s always a good time to relax and recharge—at Canadian Rockies Hot Springs locations, including the Banff Upper Hot Springs and the Miette Hot Springs in Jasper National Park. Members save 15% on regular admission.

GET SCHOOLED IN SOCCER
Every Wednesday in June, U10 and U8 minor soccer players can get free professional footie instruction at summer clinics hosted by FC Edmonton. The squad’s coaches and academy players will teach basic technical skills while emphasizing movement exercises that promote a feel for the ball. Advance registration is required. AMA Rewards is the proud title sponsor of these sessions; AMA members save 20% or more on admission to FC Edmonton soccer games.

SEE A BLOCKBUSTER SEQUEL OR TWO
A pair of top-grossing film franchises (both of which are, coincidentally, automotive-oriented) are roaring back into theatres this month. AMA members save on Cineplex and Landmark Cinemas movie tickets purchased at AMA centres. Use them to take the family to see Disney Pixar’s Cars 3, in theatres June 16, or Transformers: The Last Knight, opening June 23.