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Five Things to do Around Alberta This Week - Part XV

The long, hot days of summer are a great time to get outside and visit Alberta’s outdoor attractions and destinations – but what do you do when it’s raining?
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Well, a little rain is no problem! This province is full of things to do indoors that will keep you active and engaged regardless of the weather.

Golf in the spookiest way possible in Calgary and Edmonton

A fan of Halloween and spooky ghosts and goblins? You don’t need to wait for October! Head to Monster Mini Golf where you play on a black lit course under the prying eyes of the “scary” monsters. The atmosphere is upbeat and fun, and the course provides a good challenge for all ages. Both Calgary and Edmonton locations also feature an arcade.

Get fit while having fun in Fort McMurray

The Suncor Community Leisure Centre in Fort McMurray has a variety of activities including curling, Kids Clubhouse, an indoor playground, fitness centre, art gallery, skating rink, visual arts studio, climbing wall, and more. Day passes are available and COVID safety measures are in effect.

Master a Meal in Edmonton or Stony Plain

Sorrentino’s is known in the Edmonton region for their great Italian food, but did you know they also offer group cooking classes, themed small group dinners, and private lessons? Check out their event calendar to see when you can attend a pasta date night, a pop up garlic cooking class, the annual mushroom harvest, and more. You’ll love the food, learning a new skill, and the delicious wine parings that accompany most events.

Enjoy the Carter-Ryan Gallery in Canmore and Banff

During the day the Carter-Ryan Gallery features the work of Indigenous artist Jason Carter. During the summer nights (pre-COVID) the gallery transformed into a theatre and film venue. While the theatre is on hold during the pandemic, you can enjoy Carter-Ryan production short films on their website. The gallery is not the only place to enjoy Carter’s beautiful work. He has a number of installations around the province.

46 HSG - Red Willow BadmintonVisit the world’s largest badminton racket in St. Albert

Jean Folinsbee is a World’s Masters badminton champion and holds numerous titles. She and her late husband David built the Red Willow Badminton Club to provide professional instruction and a place for recreation for those new to, or already invested in, the sport of badminton. It is a safe, inclusive space where you learn more than the sport. According to Folinsbee, badminton also teaches diligence, patience and discipline. Before you head inside out of the rain, check out the world’s largest badminton racket, which stands quietly and stately outside, watching over the Folinsbee’s legacy.

Nerissa McNaughton is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the Hot Summer Guide advertising feature. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.