Things to Do Outside this Fall

Sep 18, 2022

In Edmonton, fall is welcomed with open arms! Though we love summer, there's nothing like the river valley's transformation into a beautiful fall wonderland along with the smell of the crisp, cool air. It's truly a sight to behold. Discover all the outdoor fun to be had this season!

Go on a Food Bike Tour

Chef Table Living provides active culinary experiences that you and your loved ones can enjoy together. This is an incredibly fun way to explore the city and its local flavours. Take in a delicious Edmonton Food Bike Tour, add effortless riding with a Food Electric Bike Tour, or step out and taste local menu favourites with a Food Walk Tour! Don't miss the themed pop up tours which run every Friday evening (did someone mention a Donut Bike Tour?!) or try a Brewery & Distillery Bike Tour. You'll have enough fuel in your belly to bike across the city!

Discover Indigenous Edmonton

In recognition of Truth and Reconciliation day on September 30th, you can take a self-directed tour with our handy guide to the city's remarkable Indigenous landmarks and spaces and don't forget to check out our guide to exploring ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞.

Talking Rock Tours provides interactive experiences that reveal the history of the land with a Métis guide and geologist who combines his culture and knowledge of geology.

Venture further to Metis Crossing, the first major Métis cultural interpretive centre in Alberta. The wildlife park is home to rare white bison, wood bison, plains bison, elk, and Percheron horses.

Fall in Love with the River Valley

There's no doubt about it... the best place to take in the fall colours is Edmonton's river valley. This massive park has over 150 km of trails that are perfect for jogging, cycling, and taking in the picturesque city vistas. Check out the city's best hikes and walks, or blaze your own trail on a Segway tour with River Valley Adventure Co.

Take your river valley adventures up a notch when you explore the Commonwealth Walkway with the help of an interactive app and embark on the Quest for the Golden Key! Using the app, visitors can explore the river valley while reading and listening to one of five storylines (Indigenous, History, Family, River & Winter).

Patio Season is Every Season

Though summer might be over, the best summer patios in the city are still yours to enjoy! Whether you're looking for afternoon beers or weekend brunch, cheap eats or fine dining, there’s no shortage of incredible options in Edmonton. From massive outdoor patios like Campio Brewing Co. and Baijiu, to vibrant rooftops like Craft Beer Market and Spotlight Cabaret, you're never too far from a stellar patio.

Spook Yourself Silly

Pumpkins After Dark is a one-of-a-kind outdoor walk-through experience that features over 6,000 pumpkins! Explore the magical pathway of lit pumpkin sculptures and displays, with music, sounds and special effects. This family friendly event has something for everyone.

If you're looking for something really spooky, DARK offers three wicked experiences that will leave you sleeping with one eye open. From local food truck favourites to creepy cocktails to a live DJ spinning eerie beats, DARK is Edmonton’s Haunted Festival that you definitely don't want to miss.

Channel Your Inner Photographer

We've said it before, we'll say it again – Edmonton's river valley hits its peak in the fall, and has a never-ending list of Instagrammable locations just waiting to be discovered. Peruse our list of picture-perfect hidden gems in our Edmonton's Best Photo Spots article and make your followers jealous! You'll see the city from a whole new perspective while taking your Instagram page to the next level.

Where the Bison Roam

Just 35 minutes east of Edmonton, Elk Island National Park provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in North America! This park is the cornerstone of Canada’s bison conservation story; without this place and the dedication of its people, herds of plains and woods bison would not thrive in Canada today. If stargazing is up your alley, you can experience the wonder of Elk Island’s night sky with Gateway to the Stars. In the heart of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, escape the city to gaze upon the countless stars in our galaxy and learn to navigate from one constellation to the next. Campfire and a friendly park interpreter are included.

Hop on a Vespa

If you haven't had the chance to ride a Vespa, you're missing out! Take an exciting Vespa tour around Edmonton's most beautiful streets with VespaYEG. You'll find hidden gems and local treasures with the help of a dynamic guide. All tours begin with a complimentary mocha, latte, americano, or espresso at District Moto. Afterward, you'll cruise towards Edmonton's finest historical backdrops, including the Alberta Legislative Grounds, University of Alberta, and the High Level Bridge.

Catch a Game!

Grab your friends and head out to witness some of the city's best outdoor sporting events.

Edmonton loves its football! Grab a drink, a hot dog, and join the fun-loving fans at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Cheer on the Elks as they battle it out on the field!

Enjoy premier pro-soccer in the city! Root on the FC Edmonton at Clarke Stadium as they compete for the winning goal! Grab a beer at the concession, wave your flag, and enjoy premier pro-soccer with the cheering locals.

It's Corn!

We all love corn, so let's get a little corny. Each year, the Edmonton Corn Maze creates a new theme designed to get thousands of visitors lost in their tracks. Expect 5 kilometers of twists and turns, as well as 85 decision points. A series of clue cards will offer guidance along the way, with questions rated for all ages. While the maze is the main attraction, you'll also find farm fun at every corner - from jumping pillows and potato guns, to the Corn Cob Express and a locally grown produce market. We can't imagine a more beautiful thing!

Scoot Through the Season

Explore Edmonton's iconic places with YEG Scoot! Embark on an exhilarating adventure while riding an electric scooter around the city's most unique spots. Cruise across the High Level Bridge and feel the wind rush by! YEG Scoot offers high-performance scooters and custom experiences curated by locals. This outing is perfect for date nights, team activities, and spending time with friends. Weeeee!

Grab Your Picnic Blanket

Just a forty-minute drive from downtown Edmonton you'll find the University of Alberta Botanic Garden — the largest botanical garden in the province, and another beautiful place to see the fall colours pop. The gardens have partnered with Edmonton's best local food and beverage makers to create fully stocked picnic baskets for two. Boxes are charcuterie-style and adorned with fresh flowers and herbs grown right there at the garden.

Rather take your picnic plans into your own hands? Pick up snacks from Edmonton's incredible restaurants and fill your basket to the brim. Then lay your blanket at one of our favourite picnic spots! Or step-up your picnic game with the help of YEG Picnic or True North Picnic. These local companies will plan and set up the ultimate luxury experience, perfect for special occasions.