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Top 10 Hidden Gems


Explore Edmonton’s unknown treasures. These summer to-dos aren’t as well known, but that’s part of the draw. From underground festivals to quaint summer eats, this list will have you wandering off the beaten path and into some of Edmonton’s best-kept secrets. Edmonton’s known for a lot of secrets, including these nifty finds When it comes …Read More
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Explore Edmonton’s unknown treasures.

These summer to-dos aren’t as well known, but that’s part of the draw. From underground festivals to quaint summer eats, this list will have you wandering off the beaten path and into some of Edmonton’s best-kept secrets.

Edmonton’s known for a lot of secrets, including these nifty finds

When it comes to anything unusual, Edmonton has its fair share fair share of hidden finds, some of them tucked away in popular locations, and others requiring a bit of sleuthing to discover. We’ve taken a bit of legwork and heavy lifting out of the equation to provide you some background on just a few of them.

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Alexander Circle Park

From the air, this grassy refuge looks like everything converges to the centre of the world. Actually, you’d find yourself in a park in Old Glenora, with an ornate fountain and lots of bench space on the premises. Located by Stony Plain Road and 102 Avenue, even passers-by are unaware of the spot.

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Clap and Squeak

Who knows how many acoustic engineers it took to create this effect on the Legislature Grounds? Follow the footpaths north of the domed building to a giant brick circle and stand right in the centre. Now clap. Almost instantaneously, you’ll hear an echo of a squeak.

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End of the World / Keillor Point Viewing Area

Edmontonians can’t stand being told they live in the middle of nowhere, but at least they can claim being on the edge of the planet. That would be the retaining wall blocking remnants of the old Keilor Road from the river. See it from a distance via Saskatchewan Drive in the Belgravia neighbourhood.

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Henday Wildlife Underpass

It’s admirable that planners introduced this component as part of the Anthony Henday Freeway to accommodate wild animals who use the river valley to pass through the city undisturbed. For a chance to see nature using the facility, you can access it via the McTaggart neighbourhood.

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Leadbeater’s Genesis

At first glance, this sculpture in The Citadel’s Lee Pavilion looks like a flying saucer crash. But its creator, Roy Leadbeater —one of the city’s most celebrated artists— said it was inspired by the historic Apollo 11 moon mission and the Big Bang Theory. Either way, it’s an eye-catching display.

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Okuda San Miguel Mural

Edmonton’s Old Strathcona neighbourhood has more than its share of eccentricities, namely a six-storey mural by Spanish street artist Okuda San Miguel. Donations totaling $120,000 made possible this half-wolf, half-human caricature on the side of the Crawford Block, making it the city’s largest mural.

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Purple Haze

Edmonton’s weirdest surreptitious pastime consists of folks heading down to the Legislature Grounds to stare into one of the orange footlights aimed at the dome for 30 seconds. The result? You’ll see everything in a shade of purple for about a minute.

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Resonant Progression Sculptures

In Terwillegar Park lie three weird-looking installations meant to be seen and heard. Created by artist Royden Mills, one piece amplifies natural sounds, the other bounces those sounds while the third one is meant for personal reflection, probably to help make sense of those altered sounds.

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Roper Pond

Believe it or not, pelicans use this wetland spot that’s totally surrounded by industrial complexes on the south side. Just off Roper Road east of 75 Street, you’d never know you’re in the city, given the lush vegetation and abundance of animal life.

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Talus Dome Balls

This sculpture is hardly a hidden find, since locals have complained about this installation at Fox Drive and the Whitemud Freeway for eons. But its real secret is up close where you can catch the reflective splendor of the sculpture, which depending on the sun’s position can get kaleidoscopic at times.

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Top 10 Activities for Teens


Nip boredom before it begins with these activities that are sure to please even the pickiest of teens. Teenagers can be a little harder to keep occupied than young kids, and they’re not always up for activities with the whole family. These events are your teen’s opportunity to get away from screens for a few …Read More

Top 8 Rainy-day Activities


Head indoors for one of these weather-proof activities.   Don’t let a little rain spoil your summer fun. There are plenty of indoor activities around the city to keep you occupied when the weather turns sour. From galleries to indoor markets to escaping a haunted cabin, these rainy day activities will keep you dry and …Read More
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Head indoors for one of these weather-proof activities.

  Don’t let a little rain spoil your summer fun. There are plenty of indoor activities around the city to keep you occupied when the weather turns sour. From galleries to indoor markets to escaping a haunted cabin, these rainy day activities will keep you dry and delighted. Visit the Art Gallery of Alberta     2 Sir Winston Churchill Square Located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, the Art Gallery of Alberta features curated exhibitions from local and international artists. Get inspired by world-class collections and encourage youthful creativity at the interactive children’s exhibition, then re-energize at the Gallery’s own Terrace Café or Zinc Restaurant. - - Head over to a City of Edmonton Rec Centre     Various locations around the city Swim, run, skate or play at one of the city’s extravagant new recreation centres. Meadows, Commonwealth and Clareview are three of the newest and most equipped centres—complete with elaborate pools, running tracks, sports fields and gyms for all of your rainy-day needs. - - Go back in time at the Royal Alberta Museum      9810 103a Ave Edmonton’s provincial museum has been relocated to a brand new building in the downtown Ice District. Check out the live creepy crawlers in the Bug Gallery before wandering through historical exhibits from the ice age all the way to the post-cold war era. - - Shop at the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market     10310 83 Ave NW Every Saturday morning, vendors and buyers gather at the Strathcona Farmers Market for a lively event. With everything from homegrown produce, meat and preserves, to artisan clothing and pottery, this hub of activity is a wonderful way to spend any Saturday morning—rain or shine. - - Have drinks at the Hotel MacDonald     10065 100 St The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is Edmonton’s luxury hotel. On days when the weather is less than cooperative, stop by for a drink or meal in the hotel’s restaurant, and take photos in the historic lobby. _ _ Play a game at Board N Brew Café     9929 103 St This hidden gem board-game café has one of the best selections in the city, without the wait. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you learn any game, and the good selection of food and beer means you don’t have to cut your visit short to accommodate a growling stomach. - - Try to escape an escape room Grab your friends and choose from unique escape scenarios. Some include investigating a spooky asylum to fleeing a space colony after a meteor strike. Do you have what it takes to escape?  - - Test your limits at Vertically Inclined    8523 Argyll Rd Stay active on rainy days with a trip to Vertically Inclined. This rock climbing gym offers drop-in programs for first-timers, where you’ll learn the basics of a safe climb and get an all-day pass to work on your skills. Orientations run on a first-come first-served basis, so it’s best to call ahead to make sure they can accommodate you. - - Visit an Edmonton Public Library     Various locations around Edmonton The Edmonton Public Library is a rainy day’s secret weapon. Not only is it full of books, movies, video games, music and audiobooks, it is host to a huge number of programs for people of all ages and abilities. Drop in with the kids for LEGO at the Library or family story time. Or grab a couple of friends and head over for a film event or game night. See upcoming activities for all locations here. - - Did we miss your favourite activity or event? Do you have memories you want to share? Share them in the comment section below, or share your photos on our instagram feed. https://www.instagram.com/edmontonsummerinthecity/ [post_title] => Top 8 Rainy-day Activities [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => top-8-rainy-day-activities [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-07 23:47:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-08 05:47:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.summercity.ca/?p=9162 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [_excerpt] => Head indoors for one of these weather-proof activities.   Don’t let a little rain spoil your summer fun. There are plenty of indoor activities around the city to keep you occupied when the weather turns sour. From galleries to indoor markets to escaping a haunted cabin, these rainy day activities will keep you dry and … ) 1

Top 9 Things to Do Just Outside Edmonton


Get out of the city and spend the day at one of these nearby hangouts. Looking for a quick getaway? These nine spots are less than two hours from the city and are the perfect way for families, friends, or solo fun-seekers to explore what nearby cities and towns have to offer. Walk with dinosaurs, …Read More
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Get out of the city and spend the day at one of these nearby hangouts.

Looking for a quick getaway? These nine spots are less than two hours from the city and are the perfect way for families, friends, or solo fun-seekers to explore what nearby cities and towns have to offer. Walk with dinosaurs, shoot some spuds, or laze on the beach—just make sure you pack a snack for the drive home.  _ _ Hang with dinosaurs at Jurassic Forest      23210 Township Road 564 #2 Gibbons, AB  Travel back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Set in an old-growth forest North of Gibbons, Jurassic Forest is home to life-sized dinosaur replicas, interactive displays, and other prehistoric activities for families. Identify the remains of one of the forest’s previous dwellers, or search for clues in a scavenger hunt. _ _ Look for wildlife at Elk Island National Park      54401 Range Rd 203 Fort Saskatchewan, AB    Spend the day bird or animal watching, kayaking, or hiking in this natural wildlife refuge. As an important sanctuary for bison, 300 species of mammals, birds and fish, Elk Island is a nature-lover’s paradise. _ _ Spend the day at Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm     56311 Lily Lake Rd Bon Accord, AB With a corn maze, garden centre, farm animals, tractor and wagon rides, haunted farm house and more, a trip to Prairie Gardens is worth the drive. Take the kids to the Outpost General Store for a free mini face painting, and stroll through the forest trail. __ __ Visit the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park      4 Meadowview Dr St. Albert, AB Take a guided tour of two provincially designated grain elevators and experience a taste of early 20th century living. The site is also home to a replica 1920’s train station where history buffs can put their Morse Code skills to the test. _ _ Go country at Leduc Black Gold Rodeo      Leduc, AB May 26–May 29, 2022 The Leduc Black Gold Rodeo and Exhibition is a home-grown good time for couples, families, or friends. Ride the midway rides, watch world-class rodeo performers, and kick the dust up at the rodeo dance. _ _ Soak up the sun at Sylvan Lake      Sylvan Lake, AB Enjoy a day at the beach, just an hour and a half south of Edmonton. Park your towel on the grass and soak in some rays before grabbing an ice cream cone from one of Sylvan’s famous parlours. Then float around the lake or try the Aqua Splash—the town’s floating obstacle course. _ _ Get lost in the Edmonton Corn Maze      Spruce Grove, AB Not just for autumn, the Edmonton Corn Maze opens for summer visitors July 26. Along with the classic maze—grown in a new shape every year—the Corn Maze has farm animals, giant jumping pillows, pedal cars, spud guns and a ton of games. A great summer destination with something for everyone. _ _ Float on Pembina River       Entwistle, AB Relax and take in the natural beauty of Pembina’s river valley as you float down the gentle river. Bring your own tube or rent one from Pembina River Tubing, and take a shuttle from the parking lot to the river entrance. Expect the journey back down the river to take around 3 hours—plenty of time for laughing, splashing, or sun-soaked serenity. _ _ Experience the Ukrainian Cultural Village      Hwy 16 E Tofield, AB See history brought to life at this living history museum. Learn about Ukrainian immigration to Alberta as told by costumed interpreters, and see how it has impacted our province’s cultural landscape. Check out the Village’s summer programs or group tours for a unique, interactive experience. _ - Canoe down the North Saskatchewan      Devon, AB Grab a friend or two, some snacks and a canoe, and paddle down Edmonton’s winding river. Book with a service like Canoeheads, and catch a ride from Wilfred Laurier Park to Devon Bridge before making your way downstream. Did we miss your favourite activity or event? Do you have memories you want to share? Share them in the comment section below, or share your photos on our instagram feed. https://www.instagram.com/edmontonsummerinthecity/   [post_title] => Top 9 Things to Do Just Outside Edmonton [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => top-9-things-to-do-just-outside-edmonton [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-07 23:35:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-08 05:35:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.summercity.ca/?p=9160 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [_excerpt] => Get out of the city and spend the day at one of these nearby hangouts. Looking for a quick getaway? These nine spots are less than two hours from the city and are the perfect way for families, friends, or solo fun-seekers to explore what nearby cities and towns have to offer. Walk with dinosaurs, … ) 1

Top 9 Free Summer Activities for Kids


Your guide to free summer activities for the entire family.  School’s out, and summer fun is in! Check out these free events and child-friendly destinations, and get kids active, inspired and involved in the city this season. From running around with dinosaurs to floating down a lazy river, this guide to free summer fun has …Read More
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Your guide to free summer activities for the entire family.

 School’s out, and summer fun is in! Check out these free events and child-friendly destinations, and get kids active, inspired and involved in the city this season. From running around with dinosaurs to floating down a lazy river, this guide to free summer fun has the family covered. - Splash around at a spray park Edmonton and its surrounding area is full of spray parks that are free to use. Find one (or a few!) in your area, here. - - Check out Kids Fringe     Dates TBD Foster creativity and help your kids find their inner performer at KidsFringe! The festival has an array of free activities, stories, crafts and performances just for kids. Check out the Face Painting Palace and watch your child transform into their favourite character, or head over to the Book Nook to see beloved stories brought to life. - - Zip around at Meadowview Dinosaur Park     Leduc, AB Located in the Meadowview neighborhood in Leduc, this park is a modern stone-age good time for youngsters. Nearly every surface in the park fits the dino theme—including a triceratops slide, boulder stairs and a “fossilized” T-Rex—but the main attraction is a mini zip line. _ International Children’s Festival of the Arts     Online - 2021 St. Albert, AB The largest children’s festival in Northern Alberta hosts more than 55 000 kids for six days of art and cultural events. While not all of the festival’s activities are free, there is a lot for families to partake in at minimal to no expense. The festival aims to be very inclusive, even offering tools for children with sensory processing disorders. __ __ Have a Family Nature Night      Various locations around the city   ---- Dates TBD These free two-hour events are put on by the City of Edmonton and take place all around the city. Learn about Alberta’s plant life and critters from local nature-lovers in the city’s most beautiful green spaces. The events are designed for 4–12 year-olds, though all are welcome.  __ __ Watch the Sourdough Raft Race      TBD    10 Rabbit Hill Rd NW Head on over to Terwilleger Park for the 60th annual Sourdough Raft Race. Watch from the banks of the North Saskatchewan as participants set sail on their homemade rafts and partake in Edmonton’s river water fight! ___ __ Bowl for free Sign your kids up for the Kids Bowl Free Program and they can play two free games at a participating bowling alley this summer. A perfect rainy-day activity that gets kids out of the house and active. Greater Edmonton Bowling alleys include ___ __ Visit a Green Shack Located at many city of Edmonton playgrounds, Green Shacks are your kids’ ticket to a summer filled with crafts, music, games and more. Visit your local shack for a schedule of the coming week’s events—all of which are free. ___ __ Take a drive to Discovery Canyon Park     3800 Riverbend Drive   Red Deer, AB Complete with a lazy river, beach, playground and concession, Discovery Canyon has everything you need for a day of (free) summer fun! Pack a picnic lunch, and your own tubes, and enjoy the natural pools fed by the Red Deer River. This free play area features:
  • natural river-fed bubbling pools of water
  • tube floating
  • trickling rivulets
  • a wading pool
  • accessible beach and boardwalk
  • picnic tables
  • concession
  • accessible washrooms and showers
  • nature themed playground
  • RV and large vehicle parking is not permitted
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Top 9 Free Things to Do in Edmonton


All of the summer fun with none of the cost!  Getting out with family or friends this summer shouldn’t break the bank. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of free activities in Edmonton. Take advantage of free admission days, explore some of the city’s arts festivals, or get up close and personal with the night sky—Edmonton’s free …Read More
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All of the summer fun with none of the cost!

 Getting out with family or friends this summer shouldn’t break the bank. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of free activities in Edmonton. Take advantage of free admission days, explore some of the city’s arts festivals, or get up close and personal with the night sky—Edmonton’s free summer fun awaits.   Check out the Whyte Avenue Art Walk     Every Weekend, June 11 to August 1, 2021 The Whyte Avenue Art Walk brings together over 450 visual artists and their masterpieces to line the avenue every July. Grab an iced chai from Remedy café, and stroll through the 4 km art show. A great event for families, friends, and solo art-lovers alike! Located at the old Army and Navy building 10411 82 Ave  ____ Walk around the Edmonton International Fringe Festival grounds       TBD for 2021 This annual theatre festival features international and local acts for ten days of plays, street performers, improv shows and more. Walk around the main grounds (located in Old Strathcona, on 83 Ave and between Calgary Trail and Gateway Blvd) and take in the sights and sounds of the oldest and largest Fringe festival in North America. Note: While you’ll need to buy tickets to the plays, the Fringe grounds are a lively hub of activity that you can enter for free, or with a small donation to the festival. ____ Visit the Art Gallery of Alberta      2 Sir Winston Churchill Square Every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 5:00–8:00 p.m., the AGA is free for all visitors! Start your evening with a walk around the Ice District, and then scope out the Art Gallery for some world class exhibits and architecture. ______ Stroll through Larch Sanctuary     23 Ave, between 119 St and Rabbit Hill Rd A south Edmonton hidden treasure, this nature sanctuary is a little bit of wilderness right in the city. Pack your hiking shoes and a camera, and trek alongside Whitemud Creek on the MacTaggart Sanctuary Trail loop. There’s a parking lot at the entrance to the sanctuary where you can park for free before spending an afternoon bird watching, mountain biking, or on a rugged nature walk. _____ Stargaze at the University of Alberta Observatory     Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) Visit the Department of Physics’ Observatory during their public hours on Thursdays for solar or evening observing. Learn from an astronomer before taking a trip to the roof for a peak through the observatory’s telescopes. Teachers can book class visits for free too! _____ Explore the Works Art & Design Festival      Dates and online TBD This 13-day visual extravaganza is jam packed with art exhibits, live music performances, workshops, and art and food markets. Taking over 30 venues around the downtown core, with a main stage at the Alberta Legislature, this festival will introduce you to local artists and give you the opportunity to explore your own creativity! ______ Thursdays to be Discovered (TBD) Thursdays    9820 107 St NW (On hold for 2021) The Alberta Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre hosts free weekly events including movies in the Pehonan Theatre’s 4-D immersive theatre-in-the-round, historical exhibits and themed tours. Check the webpage for upcoming events to be discovered. __________ Walk across the Fort Edmonton Footbridge The Fort Edmonton Footbridge is Edmonton’s first suspension bridge over the North Saskatchewan River. Located southwest of Fort Edmonton Park, this footbridge connects a network of paths between Wolf Willow Ravine and Patricia Ravine. Stop in the middle of the bridge and enjoy the sights before wandering through either of the surrounding ravines. _____ Visit the St. Albert Botanic Park      265 Sturgeon Rd St. Albert, AB As a largely volunteer-run garden, the St. Albert Botanic Park is free for visitors. Take a stroll down Crabapple Lane, or reminisce in the English-inspired Cottage Garden. Pack a picnic lunch and make it a day trip, or pop by for a quick evening stroll. _ _ Share the stories of your favourites, whether they are in our top 10 or if you have other ideas. Share your stories in the comments below, or share your photos on our instagram page. https://www.instagram.com/edmontonsummerinthecity/ [post_title] => Top 9 Free Things to Do in Edmonton [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => top-9-free-things-to-do-in-edmonton [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-07 22:44:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-08 04:44:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.summercity.ca/?p=9156 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [_excerpt] => All of the summer fun with none of the cost!  Getting out with family or friends this summer shouldn’t break the bank. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of free activities in Edmonton. Take advantage of free admission days, explore some of the city’s arts festivals, or get up close and personal with the night sky—Edmonton’s free … ) 1

Top 10 Outdoor Recreation Spots


Pack a blanket, a picnic lunch, and enjoy the great outdoors. The city and surrounding area is filled with beautiful parks, gardens and nature reserves, and there’s no better time to explore them than during summer. Hike in the city’s river valley, admire the cultivated gardens or glimpse an elk or bison over lunch. Edmonton …Read More
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Pack a blanket, a picnic lunch, and enjoy the great outdoors.

The city and surrounding area is filled with beautiful parks, gardens and nature reserves, and there’s no better time to explore them than during summer. Hike in the city’s river valley, admire the cultivated gardens or glimpse an elk or bison over lunch. Edmonton and area’s top summer spots are waiting for your next outdoor adventure or tranquil walk in the park.

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  1. William Hawrelak Park       9330 Groat Rd NW

Packed with picnic spots, plenty of open green space and a man-made lake, Hawkrelak Park should make every local family’s summer to-do list. Centrally located in Edmonton’s river valley, it is easily accessible by car or public transit and plays host to a variety of summer festivals including the Freewill Shakespeare Festival and Symphony Under the Sky. Bring a football, Frisbee, or badminton rackets for a fun-filled afternoon in the park.

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  1. Elk Island National Park      54401 Range Rd 203    Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Elk Island National Park is an Alberta treasure. Located approximately 30 minutes East of Edmonton, the park is a wildlife oasis for bison, elk, and birds. Bring a blanket and enjoy a quiet day away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or strap on a backpack and hit the trails. You can also visit the interactive Astotin theatre, rent a kayak, or check out their seasonal programs.

  • Adult  $7.90
  • Senior  $6.90
  • Youth  Free
  • Family/ Group  $16

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U of A Botanic Garden
  1. U of A Botanic Garden     51227 AB-60      Parkland County, AB

The University of Alberta Botanic Garden, formerly known as the Devonian Gardens, is a 240-acre collection of carefully cultivated themed gardens including the Kurimoto Japanese Garden and the new Aga Khan Garden. Explore flora, fauna, and family fun just 15 minutes southwest of the city.

10 am to 10 pm daily

  • Adult $18.75
  • Senior (65+)  $12.75
  • Student  $9.50
  • Youth (13-17)  $9.50
  • Child (3-12)  $5.00
  • Child 2 and under | free

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  1. St. Albert Botanic Park      265 Sturgeon Rd      St. Albert, AB

This five-acre garden is perfect for locals with an appreciation of Alberta plants. Hosting a variety of themed gardens including the famous Rose Garden, Crabapple Lane, and cozy Cottage Garden, the Botanic Park is a peaceful place to spend an afternoon.

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  1. 100 Street Funicular      10065 100 St NW

The River Valley Funicular provides mechanized access to the river valley for people of all ages and abilities. The Funicular operates like an elevator and can fit up to 20 people inside. Take a scenic trip down into the river valley for a hike or picnic before walking across the promenade to the lookout point.

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  1. Rundle Park            2909 113 Ave, NW

Located on the northeast side of Edmonton, Rundle Park is a beautiful multi-use area with trails, sports fields and a Frisbee golf course. There are six sites available for reservation, and many more sites available on a first come-first served basis, making it a great location for family functions and birthday parties.

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  1. John Janzen Nature Centre         7000 143 St

Go on a nature adventure at the John Janzen Nature Centre. Learn about composting, look in on a real bee hive, get up close and personal with pond life and explore Edmonton’s natural flora and fauna. On rainy days, kids can explore re-created wildlife habitats in the Tegler Discovery Zone.

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  1. Victoria Park         12030 River Valley Rd NW

This park runs alongside the north bank of the North Saskatchewan, and is known for its walking and cycling trails. Play a family game of softball or cricket before enjoying a picnic lunch or barbeque at one of the park’s picnic sites.

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  1. Alberta Legislature         10800 97 Ave NW

Walk through the grounds and explore the site’s many fountains and gardens. Bring a swimsuit for the wading pool, and spread out under one of the historic trees for a picnic. Visit the brand new visitor’s centre on your way in, or take a guided tour of the provincial building, which run every run every hour.

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  1. Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park       250 Diamond Ave    Spruce Grove, AB

Running along the western edge of St. Albert and Edmonton, the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park is filled with possibilities for your next family adventure. Big Lake takes up more than half of the park’s area, making it a hub for waterfowl, swans and other birds. Take a pair of binoculars and see what you can spot from the boardwalk, and enjoy your walk through this tranquil marshland.

 

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Top 10 Kid-friendly Campgrounds


Unwind and unplug for a weekend of family fun at one of these Alberta campgrounds. It wouldn’t be summer in Alberta without a few weekend getaways with the family. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of great kid-friendly campgrounds in the province. So pack up the trailer, and enjoy the great outdoors at one of these local …Read More
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Unwind and unplug for a weekend of family fun at one of these Alberta campgrounds.

It wouldn’t be summer in Alberta without a few weekend getaways with the family. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of great kid-friendly campgrounds in the province. So pack up the trailer, and enjoy the great outdoors at one of these local destinations. . [caption id="attachment_14815" align="alignnone" width="350"] Dinosaur Provincial Park Campground[/caption] .
  1. Dinosaur Provincial Park Campground      Patricia, AB
Located in the Alberta Badlands, Dinosaur Provincial Park is as rich with family fun as it is with history. Go for a guided tour through the hoodoos, and visit the Interpretive Visitor’s Centre to scope some of the fossils found in the area. Camp in one of the park’s tent or RV-friendly sites, or get cozy in a luxurious canvas-walled tent.
Site Type Campsites Rate / Night
Unserviced 29 $31
Power ( 15 /30 amp) 92 $39
Winter Camping 28 $34
. . [caption id="attachment_14819" align="alignnone" width="350"] Little Bow Provincial Campground[/caption] .
  1. Little Bow Provincial Park Campground     Champion, AB
Situated on the Travers Reservoir, the campground at Little Bow Provincial Park is ideal for water sports and fishing. During the day, the entire family can enjoy the beach and nearby playgrounds, while evenings can be spent looking for Great Horned Owls in the campground’s trees. .
Site Type Campsites Rate / Night
Unserviced 138 $31
Power ( 15 /30 amp) 86 $39
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  1. Ol’ MacDonald’s Resort       Erskine, AB  (feature photo above). 
Nightly rate: $30–55 This family-friendly campground is packed with amenities for any kind of weather. Zip around the grounds on pedal carts, visit the farm animals, or take in the sun and sand at the beach on Buffalo Lake. The resort’s arcade and indoor mini golf will keep the good times going even on unexpected rainy days. .   . [caption id="attachment_14832" align="alignnone" width="425"] Pelican Point Campground[/caption] .
  1. Pelican Point Park and Campground       Bashaw, AB
Nightly rate: ($27/night unserviced, $36/night power) Located on the North Shore of Buffalo Lake in Camrose County, Pelican Point Campground has one of the best family beaches in the province. In addition to traditional amenities like coin showers, fire pits, and hiking trails, the campsites face the beautiful lake, which is complete with a large playground, volleyball nets, and a basketball hoop.
  • Beach
  • Caretaker/Manager on Site
  • Concession Stand with hot/cold food and snacks
  • Day-use area
  • Fire pits
  • Firewood - cost
  • Group camping available
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Interpretive trail
  • Picnic Tables
  • Water pump
  • Water tap
  • Showers
  • Trailer Dump Station
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  1. Kinbrook Island Provincial Park Campground     Rainier, AB
With ample opportunity for water sports, fishing, as well as land activities like hiking, horseshoes and bird-watching in the nearby wetlands, this lakeside campground is sure to be a new family favourite. .
Site Type Campsites Rate / Night
Unserviced 14 $31
Power ( 15 /30 amp) 155 $39
Winter Camping 29 $34
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  1. Stargazer Campground      Tofield, AB
This private campground is located just 30 minutes east of Edmonton, making it ideal for quick getaways with young kids. The campground is complete with an outdoor pool and playground, and has only 40 treed sites—perfect for a peaceful weekend adventure.
Lindbrook Stargazer Campground Rates Daily Weekly
50 amp pull through sites $50.00/unit $300.00/unit
30 amp site $48.00/unit $288.00/unit
15 amp site $45.00/unit $270.00/unit
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  1. Crimson Lake Provincial Park Campground      Rocky Mountain House, AB
This campground is packed with amenities to make your stay comfortable. The campground store is stocked with food and souvenirs, while showers and laundry mean you can comfortably deal with messy kids. Take the family for scenic hikes on the many surrounding trails, and visit the amphitheater for educational programming.
Power ( 15 /30 amp) 161 $39
Winter Camping 11 $20
. [caption id="attachment_14843" align="alignnone" width="642"] Crimson Lake Provincial Park[/caption] . [caption id="attachment_14846" align="alignnone" width="525"] Writing On Stone Provincial Park[/caption] .
  1. Writing on Stone Provincial Park Campground      Milk River, AB
Nightly rate: $26–33 Located among cottonwood trees in the Milk River valley, Writing on Stone Campground is an idyllic spot for families to explore Indigenous culture in the Southern Alberta landscape. Immerse yourself in Blackfoot history at the Interpretive Centre, or view ancient petroglyphs on a scenic bus tour. On hot summer days, kids can play on the sandy beach before heading to the general store for ice cream. [caption id="attachment_14847" align="alignnone" width="599"] Writing On Stone Provincial Park[/caption] , [caption id="attachment_14849" align="alignnone" width="551"] Long Lake Provincial Campground [/caption]
  1. Long Lake Campground        Ellscott, AB
Complete with volleyball nets, horseshoe pits, and concession, this provincial park campground is fun for the entire family. Take a scenic hike through the nearby forests, and spend sunny afternoons boating or building sand castles on the beach. Located an hour and a half north of Edmonton, this campground is a short drive away for young kids.
Site Type Campsites Rate / Night
Unserviced 75 $35
Power ( 15 /30 amp) 145 $43
Walk-in Tenting 6 $32
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  1. David Thompson Resort        Cline River, AB
Nightly rate: $25–50 Located near Nordegg, Alberta, David Thompson Resort is a short drive away from Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, and the Columbia Icefields. Enjoy the nearby hiking and biking trails, fishing and horseback riding, and see what the Canadian Rockies has to offer. They also have a hotel for those wanting to limit their outdoor experience to daytime only! Did we miss your favourite campground? Do you have memories of these campgrounds? Share your camping experiences in the comment section below, or share your camping photos on our instagram feed. https://www.instagram.com/edmontonsummerinthecity/ [post_title] => Top 10 Kid-friendly Campgrounds [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => top-10-kid-friendly-campgrounds [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-02 21:00:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-03 03:00:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.summercity.ca/?p=9148 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [_excerpt] => Unwind and unplug for a weekend of family fun at one of these Alberta campgrounds. It wouldn’t be summer in Alberta without a few weekend getaways with the family. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of great kid-friendly campgrounds in the province. So pack up the trailer, and enjoy the great outdoors at one of these local … ) 1

Top 7 Hot Dogs/Sausages


Take a city-wide tour of summer’s favourite food on a bun. Cooked on the barbeque or roasted over a campfire, hot dogs are a summer staple. But you don’t need a grill to get a great dog this season. These restaurants, carts and food trucks are serving up some of the best hot dogs and …Read More
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Take a city-wide tour of summer’s favourite food on a bun.

Cooked on the barbeque or roasted over a campfire, hot dogs are a summer staple. But you don’t need a grill to get a great dog this season. These restaurants, carts and food trucks are serving up some of the best hot dogs and sausages in the city—meat-lovers rejoice!

Fat Franks     Various locations around the city

If you’re craving a traditional hot dog or smokie, Fat Franks has you covered. With a fleet of street carts and three permanent locations around the city, Fat Franks is the city’s oldest street vendor serving up traditional-style dogs with a few twists for the adventurous.

Otto     11405 95 St NW

This funky eatery has fast become known for its assortment of craft sausages. With menu options like the Peruvian—a Latin-inspired sausage with red wine and cumin—and a chicken sausage made with Thai green curry and coconut milk, these sausages go way beyond ketchup and mustard.

MEAT    8216 104 St

It’s no surprise that this trendy smokehouse would have great sausages. In addition to their extensive menu of, well, meat, they offer a full or half-ring of artisan Andouille sausage, crafted by Meuwly’s. With a lineup of sides and original barbeque sauces, your dog is in good company.

 Yeg Burger    

Yeg Burger

Tubby Dogs    

Go for a drive to Calgary for these tasty dogs

Pub 1905     10525 Jasper Ave

Among the classic pub fare of nachos and pulled pork poutine, you’ll find a menu of gourmet dogs. Available in beef, sausage, or veggie, Pub 1905’s hot dog menu has everything from traditional dogs with a twist to pairings well beyond sauerkraut and mustard–think goat cheese, artichokes, and sundried tomatoes. Plus, there are plenty of other options for friends who aren’t in the mood for a dog today.

MKT     8101 Gateway Blvd.

Along with a drink menu overflowing with craft and popular beers, MKT offers a great selection of food items—enter: brat on a bun. Served on a soft pretzel bun with curry ketchup and Dijon, the MKT brat is a traditional German sausage turned up a notch.

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Top 10 Things to Do if You’re over 18


A lot of culture with a few beers on the side. Note, dates for 2021 and 2022 to be determined. –  Get away from the kids—or the parents—for a few hours with one of these adult-oriented activities. – Travel back in time with a retro-themed festival, play with knives, or grab a drink with a …Read More
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A lot of culture with a few beers on the side.

Note, dates for 2021 and 2022 to be determined. -  Get away from the kids—or the parents—for a few hours with one of these adult-oriented activities. - Travel back in time with a retro-themed festival, play with knives, or grab a drink with a few friends. While not all of these events are strictly for adults, we think they’re best appreciated by mature audiences. -
  1. Taste-test at the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival     
The city’s premier beer, spirit, and food festival will tickle your taste buds and introduce you to some of Edmonton’s finest brewers, distillers, and artisan chefs. This sampling event is for adults only. - [caption id="attachment_14717" align="alignnone" width="350"] Rockn August[/caption]
  1. Admire the classics at Rock‘n August    Aug 6–10   St. Albert, AB
Rock’n August remembers the good ol’ days with St. Albert’s own classic car show. With pancake breakfasts, a street dance, and nearly 1000 cars on display, this all-ages event is a blast from the past for nostalgists and Baby Boomers alike. Proceeds from Rock’n August go to the Canadian Diabetes foundation. -
  1. Get Cajun eats at DaDeO      10548 a Whyte Ave
DaDeO is Edmonton’s New Orleans style diner and bar—for adults only. Smack dab in the heart of Whyte Ave, this retro, 50’s style diner offers the best po’boys around. Slide into a vinyl booth and order up your favourite creole dish, take in the lively ambiance, and experience a little slice of the Pelican State. .
  1. Take pictures at the Neon Sign Museum     104 St, south of 104 Ave
Edmonton’s history in neon signs can be seen lighting up the night every evening on 104 Street. Snap some photos at this free outdoor spectacle before heading over to a nearby eatery, bar, or Roger’s Place for some appies and drinks. -
  1. Watch a Movie at Princess Theatre     10337 82 Ave
Whyte Ave’s arthouse cinema plays current blockbusters and indie films—so you’re unlikely to encounter many children. Stop by any summer evening and enjoy a film and popcorn from the balcony of this 1915 gem. .
  1. Partake in Pub Trivia       Various locations around the city
There are several pubs and bars around the city that host trivia nights. Some, like The Buckingham offer weekly trivia events, while others host special trivia events more sporadically often revolving around a pop culture theme. .
  1. Check out Improvaganza       
Get ready to laugh—a lot. Improvaganza is an international improv and sketch comedy festival unleashing some of the world’s funniest people onto our city for ten days in June. While not an “adult only” event, much of the comedy is geared toward young adult audiences. .
  1. Throw axes at the Rec Room       1725 99 St
A lively way to spend the evening with friends or a date, axe throwing is step 1 in your zombie survival training. Sharpen your throwing skills with help from the Rec Room’s coaches, and battle it out with your friends over the title of axe champion. This is an 18+ event. .
  1. Have dinner and drinks at A Taste of Edmonton      July 22–August 1
There’s no better way to find a new favourite restaurant than at Edmonton’s largest food festival. At A Taste of Edmonton, restaurants from around the city offer visitors small portions of their best menu items for a few bucks each. While this is an all-ages event, adults can escape to the kid-free beer gardens before tasting their way through the Capital City.  .
  1. Explore the nightlife on Whyte Ave
Whyte Avenue is a bustling centre for nightlife. Whether you’re looking to grab a couple of pints at a pub, or dance the night away, there are plenty of bars, clubs and eateries open late in to the night on this lively Ave. [post_title] => Top 10 Things to Do if You’re over 18 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => top-10-things-to-do-if-youre-over-18 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-05-31 20:00:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-01 02:00:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.summercity.ca/?p=9174 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [_excerpt] => A lot of culture with a few beers on the side. Note, dates for 2021 and 2022 to be determined. –  Get away from the kids—or the parents—for a few hours with one of these adult-oriented activities. – Travel back in time with a retro-themed festival, play with knives, or grab a drink with a … ) 1