No one knows how to soak up the sun better than a northerner. From the moment the last snowflake melts away (and often earlier), we are out making the most of our long summer days. But even sun worshippers need to cool off once in a while, and what better way to do so than with that sweetest of cool summer treats—ice cream? Next time you’re overheated, check out one of these five fabulous places to slurp up some delicious summer chill.
Make New Old-Time Summer Memories at Farmers Restaurant
Remember that first lick from the cone on a hot day when you were a kid? Farmers is famous for their home-style, old-fashioned food, and they didn’t forget about dessert! Take your pick from a handful of popular flavours of Chapman’s Hard Ice Cream served in cones, bowls, or in Root Beer Floats. Or go big with a seven-scoop old-fashioned milkshake topped with whipped cream. Just like the old days!
Satisfy Your Snack Attack at the Snack Shack
When you’re craving something cool, there’s nothing like a milkshake made from scratch with fresh, whole fruit. The Snack Shack is a destination spot for locals, where your dipped butterscotch cone, peanut buster parfait and Reese’s Pieces Flurry (among other favourite menu items) are made from scratch by capable, friendly pros. It doesn’t get more satisfying than this.
Enjoy Local Flavour at Youth Scoops Ice Cream
Ice cream isn’t just ice cream at Youth Scoops—it’s a stepping stone in the success of the young people who work there. Since the shop was created as a work experience program for youth through IGNITE Fairview, every scoop served is a notch on the resume of the staff and provides funds that benefit the community as a whole through IGNITE. Cookies’n’Crème for a cause—who knew?
Lick Your Fill at Dunvegan Market Gardens
As a destination summer getaway in the Mighty Peace Region, Dunvegan truly has it all—including an ice cream buffet boasting their customers’ favourite flavours. Carrying Chapman’s, Island Farms, and Foothills’ Creamery brands, the ice cream shop is the perfect place to renew your cool after a hot afternoon on the mini-golf course. Sea Salt Caramel, anyone?
Find Your Cool at the Junction Candy, Creamery, & Coffee House
This little ice cream shop is the perfect reprieve on a hot summer day. They carry dozens of flavours of Alberta’s own Foothills Creamery Ice Cream, as well as unique candies (including overseas imports), and specialty java. They even make their own cotton candy! Everyone in the family is sure to find a sweet treat to cool off with at the Junction.