Why hello, spring. It’s been awhile. Time to bust out the blanket and go for a picnic in Edmonton’s river valley. (Did you know – Edmonton’s river valley is the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America, extending 25 kilometres along both banks of the North Saskatchewan River, and containing 22 major parks, 11 lakes and 14 ravines.)
Enjoy a moveable feast in Edmonton’s top picnic spots:
Historical monuments will act as the backdrop with a picnic at The Legislative Grounds. Delight in beautiful gardens, wading pools and shady spots perfect for dining al fresco.
Emily Murphy Park is nestled on the south bank of the river. Features a craft boat launch, picnic sites and walking trails.
William Hawrelak Park is a 130 hectare park featuring a lake and grassy fields perfect for game of bocce or soccer.
Located in the northeast river valley, Rundle Park has paddle boats, a large playground, sports facilities and many picnic spots bordering the river or man-made lake.
Louise McKinney Riverfront Park doesn’t boast any picnic sites, so bring a blanket to enjoy the 500 metres of breathtaking, unobstructed river view. Take a stroll through the Chinese gardens.
For those working in the downtown core, escape the urban jungle with a quick picnic to these urban park gems: Beaver Hills House Park (10440 Jasper Avenue), Beatrice Carmichael Park (10024 – 104 Street), Centennial Plaza (3 Sir Winston Churchill Square), McDougall Park (10007 – 100 Street) and Post Office Clock Tower (10145 – 100 Street).
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1. Blue Pillow, Martha Stewart, Home Depot ($14.99) and Love Pillow, Anthropologie ($68)
2. Outdoor Stemware, Pier 1 ($6.50 each)
3. Portable Radio, Orla Kiely
4. Outdoor Mini Bowls, Pier ($3.50 each)
5. SLOM Bottle, IKEA ($2.99)
6. Malibu Insulated Picnic Tote for Four, Chapters ($99.99)
7. Bocce Ball Set, Indigo $49.99