Best Places to Watch Sunrises & Sunsets in Edmonton
We might not have mountain views, but here in Edmonton our prairie skies are legendary. Regardless of the temperature, we have a host of locations all around the city that are perfect for taking in mother nature's magical views, from sunrise to sunset.
Waking up just got a whole lot easier
Not an early bird? Not a problem! In Edmonton the sun rises as late as 8:49am in the winter months, leaving you with plenty of time to get up, grab a local coffee, and check out a stunning sunrise! In the heat of summer, our sunrises are sure to make anyone a morning person.
100 Street Funicular
With its spectacular views of the river valley, the 100 Street Funicular is the perfect spot to catch some early morning rays. Hop into the glass-walled elevator and head down to the adjoining promenade to get an even closer look at the sun rising over the river valley.
Louise McKinney River Front Park
Give your morning walk a boost with beautiful views on a winding walkway through Louise McKinney River Front Park. Heading East on the promenade will connect you to the Tawatinâ Bridge, where you can take in more than 500 works of Indigenous art while watching the sun peek up over the river.
If you’ve got a furry friend who likes to tag along in your morning adventures, then Rundle Park is the sunrise spot for you! Make your way across Ainsworth Dyer Memorial Bridge to access an off-leash trail right along the riverbank. Is there anything more beautiful than the sun’s rays peeking through the forested trail? We don’t think so!
The Best Way to End the Day
Winter sunsets hit differently. On the shortest day of the year, the sun sets around 3:00pm, which means you can get some fresh air while taking in an astounding sunset, all before dinnertime. Hoping to cap off a glorious summer evening? Edmonton's epic summertime sunsets begin on average at 10:00pm.
Keillor Point/End of the World
A local favourite, Keillor Point (also known as the End of the World) is the perfect place to stop by and take in the sunset. Park nearby in the beautiful neighbourhood of Belgravia and pop down a set of stairs to this popular lookout.
Gallagher Park/Muttart Conservatory
Want a dose of skyline with your sunset? Head to Gallagher Park near the Muttart Conservatory to take in the city steeped in the sun’s golden glow. For the ultimate summer experience (complete with a fantastic natural backdrop), be sure to check out the Edmonton Folk Music Festival on the hill this year!
Wolf Willow Stairs/Fort Edmonton Footbridge
Take on the 1km trail and 200 steps to check out this sunset hot spot. The Wolf Willow Stairs have the perfect combo – views of our ever-changing skies and the stunning river valley below. We promise the effort is worth it! Rather skip the steps? The view from the iconic Fort Edmonton Footbridge is sure to knock your socks off.