Village Ice Cream
Melted Chocolate, Guide’s Mint, Salted Caramel, Phil Seb coffee.. Heck, they’re all amazing. Best flavour combos are the melted chocolate+strawberry, coffee+salted caramel, but really the flavours are endless. It’s more of a grab n go ice cream, as there isn’t a large seating area, but the melted chocolate will win over the fussiest of kids.
Find Village Ice Cream at 431 10 Ave SE
You might have noticed Family Freezed at the local (and not so local) fairs this year. The food truck serving up popsicles in the likes of mini donut pops and the original lemonade pop are making it so easy to cool off. You can even get them delivered right to your door. The flavours are so fresh, your little ones are going to devour the watermelon pop!
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My Favorite Ice Cream Shoppe
Where else can you get ice cream at a joint with a mechanical horse or piano? Get your favorite flavor (choose from 70+) and take it across the street to sit in the grass for an impromptu ice cream picnic.
Find the shop at 2048 42 Ave. S.W
Tropic Pops is Calgary’s first gourmet ice pop supplier, a healthy alternative to the overly sweetened, processed frozen treats that have been making the scene for years.
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Fiasco Artisan Gelato
Check your local grocery store for this staple. If you haven’t tried the Fiasco Gelato campfire s’mores flavour, you’re in for a treat. This is delicious gelato that you’re going to want to put away until the kids go to sleep because you’re not going to want to share this splurge. Bonus? You can even get it delivered to your house, or try a delicious ice cream sandwich.
Find it at 4303 4th Street SW
Mackay’s Ice Cream
Can we really create a ‘best ice cream in Calgary’ list without this staple? The shop has been around for 60 years – and it’s a legend. Gauranteed most of the people you know rave about the ice cream and have been going there since they were a kid. Located in Cochrane, it’s one of the must-haves of the summer.
220 1 Street, Cochrane
Near the Bow River, it’s one of the most popular places to grab ice cream after a hot afternoon spent exploring. You can mix up the flavours in a milkshake, giving you ample opportunity to create something new. Have you had your favorite ice cream flavour as a shake? Head to Leavitt’s and give it a try!
Find it at 3410 3 Avenue NW
With 70+ flavours of gelato, you’re never going to get bored. If you do, and have a special occasion coming up, you can check out the selection of special occasion cakes that are available in-store.
Find it at 104-255 28th Street, SE and 2104 # 7 Kensington Road NW
Old School Bus Ice Cream
Okay, I know, not in Calgary. It’s so close to our top destinations from our top ten day trips with the kids though, that it was worth a mention. You can get ice cream, from a bus, in Canmore. The yummy, traditional flavours are worth a stop the next time that you’re heading out of town.
From in and around Calgary, to Canmore and markets and destinations in between, this is gelato that you’re going to have to try this summer. New flavours are updated weekly, on the Facebook page, where you can find the likes of green mint and lemon, giving you those fresh flavours you crave from a top local gelato place in Calgary.