Winter term is over, and exams are upon us. But don’t worry, April exams mean soon It’s gonna be May (). With the summer coming we’ve put together the best places in Edmonton based on accessibility, cost, and of course, places that you can enjoy nature!
1.Clareview Stairs, Northeast Edmonton
Caroline’s favourite not well-known hidden gem for a great workout is the Clairview Stairs! This hidden gem in Northeast Edmonton is easily accessible by car or ETS. Parking is located along 20 St NW, and costs absolutely nothing so you can put your gym membership on hold this summer. The two sets of stairs take you down to a looped trail around the North Saskatchewan River.
2. Lion’s Park, St. Albert
Abbie’s favourite place to spend the summer months is at Lions Park in St. Albert. Lion’s Park is great place to have a picnic, walk along the trails to find Big lake and the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park, and it is nearby St.Albert’s farmer’s market (Saturday’s during the summer), which is western Canada’s largest farmers’ market. On days where there is no market, you can also head to downtown St. Albert and grab some ice cream at the local shop. To get there take any bus to St. Albert and get of at Village Transit station. Then, you can either take a 30 minute walk, or catch a local bus to Lions Park (21 Sir Winston Churchill Ave).
3. Keillor Point, University Area
Rida suggests checking the new and improved Keillor Point (previously known as The End of the World). Keillor point is the perfect pace to spend summer nights watching the sun go down over the North Saskatchewan River. Keillor point is accessible on Saskatchewan Drive and 74th Ave.
4.Wolf Willow Stairs, Central Edmonton
If you are looking for another place to work out this summer, Katherin recommends checking out Wolf Willow Stairs. The stairs are accessible by ETS and by car and is known for having some of the steepest stairs in the city with some of the prettiest river valley views!
5.River Valley Overlook
For a night time adventure, Andrew shares his favourite skyline outlook along Saskatchewan Drive. This beautiful lookout is located gives an overlooking view of the city skyline. It has a stunning view both at the crack of dawn and midnight. You can enjoy skyline views all along Saskatchewan Drive from 109th Street to 99th Street, that’s 20 whole blocks of amazing views! Make sure to bring a camera!
6. Mill Creek Ravine
For a change in scenery from the Edmonton River Valley, Aabid shares one of his favourite’s, Mill Creek Ravine. The ravine flows into the North Saskatchewan River and is located north-south from Connors Road to Argyll Road (63 Avenue). It is a favourite among dog walkers, runners, and mountain bikers.
7. Nellie McClung Park
For a great place to watch Canada Day Fireworks, Jessie suggests checking out the clift outlooks in Nellie McClung Park. A 25 minute walk from the U of A Campus or accessible via car or bus routes 7 and 57, along the parks trails you will find outlooks overlooking the river valley, downtown and U of A skylines.
8. Dudley B Menzies Pedestrian Bridge
Whether it’s a study break or a Saturday afternoon stroll, Shayna recommends going for a walk across Dudley B Menzies Pedestrian Bridge. You’ll find this pedestrian bridge under the LRT which has a beautiful view of the river valley! You access the bridge from Kinsmen Park on the south side of the river or from the Royal Glenora Club on River Valley Drive on the north side of river.
9. Government Park
Perfect for picnics with family and friends, Julia recommends checking out Government Park! The park as a riverfront view of the North Saskatchewan River and a nice walking/jogging trail that could take you to Stony Plain Road with the patience! It is a 15 minute walk from Windsor Car Park and a 5 minute drive from U of A area.
10. Strathearn Drive Trail
If your super obsessed with walking trails and gorgeous Edmonton views (which it seems our Farmers’ Market team is) Claire recommends checking out Strathearn Drive. A great walking trail with lookout points to admire the view of the river valley and the Edmonton skyline.
With lots of summer trail options within the city, we hope that you can make the most out of the beautiful landscapes and views that Edmonton has to offer. So many of the parks above are located close to Downtown Edmonton which always has lots of events and festivals going on in the summer. So, skip the car and use some of these trails to get to your farmers’ markets or festivals this summer!
Farmer’s Market Team