If experiencing the great outdoors is as important as strolling the streets of a bustling city, then Edmonton, Canada, is the best summer holiday choice you could hope for. The city boasts some serious green space – you’ll find over 7,400 hectares of land and river valleys, a space equivalent to 22 times the size of New York’s Central Park. In fact, Edmonton is home to the largest expanse of urban parkland in North America. Here’s how to make the most of it…
City-based adventures – To fully embrace the beauty of Edmonton’s green space, you don’t have to travel far – there’s so much on offer right on the city’s doorstep. One of the best ways to take it all in is by discovering the picturesque river valleys 100 miles of trails – great for a gentle stroll or a more challenging hike depending on what you fancy that day. Take a jog with epic views over the cityscape, or pick up the pace and explore on two wheels. Adrenaline junkies will love the off-road mountain bike routes, which offer a chance to break away from the trails and discover the lesser known corners of the city’s spectacular parks.
For a less traditional way to cover some ground, check out the River Valley Adventure Co.’s Segway tours. The trips will have you blazing your own trail and venturing through the river valleys routes at your own pace. With these tours you’ll have the chance to hear about Edmonton’s rich history, while also soaking up some tips on how to get skilled on a Segway. If you’re looking to just kick back and enjoy the park’s scenery, the company will also lend you volleyball, croquet and football gear – perfect for a picnic session in the park.
After exploring the parks’ tree-packed slopes, it’s time to hit the water. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle your way along the wide and gentle North Saskatchewan River. Bring a fishing rod and throw it over the side – it’s a great chance to catch some sturgeon or walleye along your route. If that’s not your scene then try paddle boarding along the peaceful river — it’s one of the best ways to spend a summer day in the city.