go :: Edmonton's Best Picnic Spots

We aren’t lying when we say we love picnics. We’ve written about Edmonton’s best picnic spots before, but we’re at it again with more ideas to add to the list. This year, we’re partnering with Explore Edmonton to share some of our favourite picnic spots. If you haven’t already, take time to look around ExploreEdmonton.com – they’ve got endless ideas for things to eat, see and do in our lovely city.

Picnic at Royal Alberta Museum Grounds: Sandwiches from Fikendekel, Dessert from Duchess Bake Shop, Lemonade Cordial from District Coffee Co., utensils from Carbon Environmental Boutique.

Picnic at Royal Alberta Museum Grounds: Sandwiches from Fikendekel, Dessert from Duchess Bake Shop, Lemonade Cordial from District Coffee Co., utensils from Carbon Environmental Boutique.

With the largest urban parkland in all of North America, you’d be silly not to make picnics in Edmonton a regular part of your summer. All you really need is a blanket, some food, and a grassy spot to take it easy, but here are some of our favourites for the perfect picnic:

Places to have a picnic in Edmonton:

  • Sir Wilfred Laurier Park13221 Buena Vista Rd
    We like to think of this as a mini Hawrelak Park tucked around the corner on the river bank by the Valley Zoo. Bring a frisbee to toss after your meal!
  • Constable Ezio Faraone Park110 Street and 97 Ave
    After you finish your picnic, take a few steps over to the High Level Bridge and bask in the river valley view. 
  • Government House Park 9938 Groat Road (at “the bottom” of Groat Road)
    With picnic benches and barbeques to use, you could leave the blanket out of the equation. Before or after your picnic, take a stroll on the paved paths east along River Valley Road or west into McKinnon Ravine.
  • Royal Alberta Museum Grounds 12845-102 Ave
    The mix of nature and architecture makes this the perfect setting for a picnic. Plop your picnic on the grass or set up in the Korean pagoda for some shade.
  • Legislative Grounds108 Street and 99 Ave
    If people watching is your thing, set up your picnic on the steps by the wading pool. For a quieter setting, walk behind the legislature and find a spot under the trees in the park.
  • Devonian GardensHighway 60, 5 km north of Devon
    The botanic gardens just minutes west of the city is worth the drive for a memorable picnic. Explore 190 acres of gardens and natural areas including the Kurimoto Japanese Garden and butterfly house.
  • High Level Bridge Streetcar – Gateway Blvd and 84th Ave or 100th Ave and 109th Street 
    In the mood for a meal with a view? Why not spread your wings and picnic basket atop the city on the High Level Bridge Streetcar, where you can take in the panorama.

Pack your basket with the perfect picnic food:

Sip on this sparkling drink: 1 part Upton’s Lemonade Cordial (from District Coffee Co.) + 5 parts Sparkling Water

Sandwiches or bread + cheese + meat:

End your picnic on a sweet note with help from Duchess Bake Shop – 10718-124 St

Some helpful supplies to keep in your picnic basket:

These bamboo sporks and knife/spreader from Carbon Environmental Boutique really brought our picnic to the next level. It’s hard not to smile when you’re using these.

If you’re serious about picnics, you’ll need a special blanket. May we suggest a handwoven yarn blanket from Ilya’s Handweaving at Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market? Their friendly wave in this video makes us smile.

Lastly, we’ve got our eyes peeled on Twitter for the moment @YEGpicnic launches their website. We will likely be the first customers for their new gourmet picnic basket service.