eat :: Picnic in a Park


It's time to resurrect some of Kendall's original gems that got lost in the archives. Here's her original round ups of picnic spots and sandwiches to go (with some updates).

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, behind the library), McDougall Park (10007 – 100 Street), Edmonton Public School Archives and Museum (10425 - 99 Ave) and Post Office Clock Tower (10145 – 100 Street).

Pick-up sandwiches-to-go at these Edmonton hot spots:

Elm Café#100, 10140 – 117 Street
Perfectly situated in the Oliver neighbourhood, this gem of a café makes delicious sandwiches to go. With one hot and one cold daily feature, your choice is simple.  The menu rotates daily, but you can look forward to yummy sandwiches such as pastrami (swiss, tomato, grain mustard, pickle), roast beet (spinach, hard-boiled egg, chevre, parsley) or curried lamb (feta, hummus, spinach, cucumber). For daily sandwich offerings follow on twitter @elmcafe

Zenari’s10180 101 Street
This Italian cafeteria is worth a quick stop to grab a sandwich. The roasted chicken topped with greens and tomatoes served on focaccia bread is delectable. You might want to pick up some desserts while you’re there. For daily menu offerings follow on twitter @zenaris

The Italian Centre10878-95 Street
Order killer panini sandwiches made with your choice of hot or mild deli meats, provolone cheese and vegetable spread. Order a side of marinated olives and roasted peppers. For a sweet finish, buy a Portuguese-style custard tart from the bakery. Be inspired with menu ideas on twitter @italiancentre 

Pangaea10150 - !04 Street
This organic market in the heart of downtown has a few sandwich choices each day, depending on the produce in season. They are proud to source meat and ingredients from local farms. Check what they're serving each day on twitter @PangaeaMkt

Don't forget the bug spray: 


Try this All Natural Bug Spray from Cold Spring Apothecary. Keeps the bugs away using an essential oil blend - no deet, parabens, or other harmful chemicals.
Available at 29Armstrong ($15). 






 *Images: Picnic image via Livet Hemma, Bug Spray image found here.