If you ask any local, they’ll tell you that the heartbeat of Edmonton is our glorious river valley. Stretching right through downtown, our expanse of parkland is the largest in North America; to give you some perspective, this bad boy is 22 times the size of New York City’s infamous Central Park.
Explore the North Saskatchewan River Valley in each of our four seasons. Rent a pair of cross-country skis, snowshoes or a bike from River Valley Adventure Co. and explore 150 kilometres of trails. If you are keen to explore but aren’t looking to work up a sweat, book a Segway tour with Chris and his team of pros. You will start with a quick lesson and then be off on your scenic trek. Chris will share some of Edmonton’s natural history and natural wonders along the way. For a completely different perspective, rent a canoe or take a tour with Edmonton Canoe and paddle your way through the river valley.
After a day of exploring you’ve likely worked up a killer appetite. Edmonton has a fantastic culinary scene for whatever you might be in the mood for. The Harvest Room offers one of the city’s best outdoor patios with a magnificent view of the North Saskatchewan River Valley.
For your second day of outdoor adventure Elk Island National Park is a must. Under the big prairie sky, Elk Island epitomizes the rugged Alberta wilderness in a vast oasis teeming with wildlife. This is your chance to hike, camp, ski or snowshoe alongside bison, moose, deer, elk and over 200 bird species. If you are looking for an original outdoor experience join guide Wayne Millar on a wildlife tour.
Wayne is one of Alberta’s most knowledgeable and engaging tour guides. He will bring you to some of Alberta’s most pristine locations and teach you about aboriginal heritage, flora and local wildlife. Then sit back as Wayne prepares the most outstanding backcountry meal you’ve ever had, from gourmet brunch to traditional Albertan barbecue.
Or maybe you’d prefer to catch your own lunch. Discover rarely explored fishing holes with Get Hooked, Edmonton’s premier outfitter for guided fishing trips. Head out on the North Saskatchewan River or one of several local lakes, and angle for Walleye, Northern Pike, Sturgeon, Sauger, Burbot and Goldeye. Even if you’re a fishing veteran, you’ll discover new techniques. As you explore the remote beauty of central Alberta, hear stories of the local area, and gain a connection to this pristine landscape.
There is no end to the outdoor adventures you can find in Alberta’s pristine wilderness, but these suggestions should give you a fair start. Explore responsibly!