So what if it’s the middle of winter? You’re ready to explore! Strap on a pair of snowshoes and you’re off on an exhilarating day trip through Edmonton’s River Valley. Here, with 7,400 hectares of parkland and 150 kilometres of interconnected trails, the world is yours to discover. Marvel at the snowy vastness, the glistening expanses of white, and the sense that the world goes on forever.
Or venture out to Elk Island National Park for an intensely serene nature experience. Close your eyes and sense the silence: all is quiet and pristine except the crunch of the snow underfoot and the birds chirping in the trees. Pass through conifer forests, each branch delicately laden with snow. No need to worry if you don't have your own equipment, Elk Island offers rentals for all ages and experience levels (click here for more detail on how to rent).
Want more of an adventure? Don a pair of cross-country skis and find yourself grinning non-stop as you glide through this incredible winter wonderland, with the buildings of downtown Edmonton standing out on the horizon. Realize you are experiencing a privileged opportunity to view nature in its starkness and beauty, in a protected area where the local biodiversity is cherished and respected.
Grab your snowshoes and try exploring these Edmonton parks:
Fort Edmonton Park - Corner of Fox and Whitemud Dr.
John Janzen Nature Centre - Beside Fort Edmonton (corner of Fox and Whitemud Dr. )
Mill Woods Park - 23 Ave. and 66 St.
Rundle Park - 2913-113 Ave.
Borden Park - along 112 Ave.
William Hawrelak Park - 9930 Groat Rd
Snowshoeing locations close to Edmonton:
Strathcona Wilderness Centre - 16 km east of Edmonton
McLeod Creek Farms - 43 km north of Edmonton
Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area - 60 km east of Edmonton