Edmonton is a young city that loves any excuse to go out on the town, even in a snowstorm. And there's prime shopping, too. West Edmonton Mall is literally the size of a city and the Old Strathcona farmers market is famous for a reason.
The perfect place for picnic or to take in a festival, Hawrelak Park is one of the jewels of Edmonton's beautiful river valley. Explore the many trails by foot, bicycle or even cross-country skis. Sit back and enjoy one of the amazing festivals that take place throughout the year. From the Heritage Festival in the summer to Silver Skate in the winter, there's never a boring weekend down in Hawrelak Park!
Originating at the base of the Saskatchewan Glacier in the Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rockies, the North Saskatchewan River flows eastward. It bisects the city of Edmonton in a deep and winding river valley – providing one of the largest areas of urban green space in North America at 7,400 hectares. The river valley has 22 major parks and over 150 km of trails for hiking and cycling in summer and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter. Many of the city’s famous festivals are held here, year round.
Located an hour’s drive east of Edmonton, this provincial park is a popular summer destination thanks to its large beach and waterfront for swimming, boating, and sailing. You’ll also find plenty of trails for hiking and biking in the park, as well as opportunities for geocaching, fishing, camping, baseball, and other outdoor activities. Because the park is home to so many species of birds — everything from bald eagles and mallards, to heron and ospreys — it’s an ideal spot for birding as well.