A picnic in the park is one of life’s simple pleasures! Grab some sandwiches, fruit and a thermos of ice cold lemonade and head out for some lunch el fresco. Here are five of our favourite picnic spots in Edmonton!
1) Rundle Park: Rundle Park tops the list because not only for its pretty river valley location but after your picnic (or before, or during, really) there is an awesome assortment of things to do. There’s the requisite playground, but you can also check out the paddleboats and canoes, stand up paddleboarding, mini-golf, Frisbee golf, beach volleyball courts and endless spots to explore, plus if you want to go for a swim the ACT Centre is right there too .
2) Alberta Legislature Grounds: A picnic at the Leg is one of my favourite summer things to do in Edmonton. The extensive grounds mean you can likely find a quiet spot to spread your blanket (the lower grounds by the bandstand and bocce courts are usually less crowded than the upper grounds by the fountains.) Admire the lovely gardens, wish the newlyweds having pictures taken well, and take a wade in the fountains. If you haven’t been to the new visitor centre in the Federal Building, you are missing out! You can combine your picnic on the grounds of the provincial legislature with a ride on the LRT or even the High Level Bridge Street Car.
3) Jackie Parker Park: If you are looking for seclusion and a quiet respite from the world, Jackie Parker is probably not your best bet for a picnic. If you are looking for a sunny spot with ample people watching opportunities and a handful of the best playgrounds in the city, it is definitely the place to be! The popular spray park is a fun way to top off a picnic, and the trails along the lake are a great spot to stroll and be grateful for the open spaces and parkland in Edmonton.
4) Louise McKinney Riverfront Park: There’s no spray park or playground at Louise McKinney, but for getting feel for the river valley, you won’t go wrong. My kids love exploring in the pagoda and statuary in the Chinese Garden, and the Riverfront Walk is a beauty spot like no other. Bonus points for indoor bathrooms at the Millennium Plaza! There is also a public dock at the riverside, so if you are the watercraft type, it’s an excellent place to start or end your adventure!
5) Terwillegar Park: If you have a furry companion you would like to bring on your picnic adventure, you will all be happy you chose the off-leash Terwillegar Park. Bring a towel as dogs (and sometimes children) find the easily accessible water’s edge irresistible. There aren’t many amenities here (although there is a so-called “remote toilet”, )but you will forgive the rustic setting almost as quickly as you forget you are in the city when you venture to this idyllic spot.
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