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Edmonton's Best Picnic Spots

Gillian Thomson Edmonton
by Gillian Thomson

You've heard us talk about patios, now it's time to chat about picnics! With this week looking like another dandy, get your basket in gear and take full advantage of the rays.

With the largest urban parkland in all of North America, you’d be silly not to make picnics in Edmonton a regular part of your summer. All you really need is a blanket, some food, and a grassy spot to take it easy, but here are some of our favourites for the perfect picnic:

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park – 13221 Buena Vista Rd
We like to think of this as a mini Hawrelak Park tucked around the corner on the river bank by the Valley Zoo. Bring a frisbee to toss after your meal!

Constable Ezio Faraone Park – 110 Street and 97 Ave
After you finish your picnic, take a few steps over to the High Level Bridge and bask in the river valley view.

Government House Park – 9938 Groat Road (at “the bottom” of Groat Road)
With picnic benches and barbeques to use, you could leave the blanket out of the equation. Before or after your picnic, take a stroll on the paved paths east along River Valley Road or west into McKinnon Ravine.

Legislature Grounds – 108 Street and 99 Ave
If people watching is your thing, set up your picnic on the steps by the wading pool. For a quieter setting, walk behind the legislature and find a spot under the trees in the park.

University of Alberta Botanic Gardens – 51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove
The botanic gardens just minutes west of the city is worth the drive for a memorable picnic. Explore 190 acres of gardens and natural areas including the Kurimoto Japanese Garden and butterfly house.

Bonus - High Level Bridge Streetcar – Gateway Blvd and 84th Ave or 100th Ave and 109th Street
In the mood for a meal with a view? Why not spread your wings and picnic basket atop the city on the High Level Bridge Streetcar, where you can take in the panorama.

Pack your basket with the perfect picnic food:

Sip on this sparkling drink: 1 part Upton’s Lemonade Cordial (from District Coffee Co.) + 5 parts Sparkling Water

Sandwiches or bread + cheese + meat:
Fife n Dekel – 4 locations in Edmonton
Italian Centre – 3 locations in Edmonton
Zenari’s – 10180-101 St (Manulife Place)
Farrow Sandwiches – 8422-109 St

End your picnic on a sweet note with help from Duchess Bake Shop – 10718-124 St

Some helpful supplies to keep in your picnic basket:

These bamboo sporks and knife/spreader from Carbon Environmental Boutique really brought our picnic to the next level. It’s hard not to smile when you’re using these.