6 of Edmonton's most beautiful parks you need to explore this summer

Jun 26 2023, 4:09 pm

It’s always a good idea to take in some fresh air and admire nature. If you’re into that, here are six of Edmonton’s most beautiful parks you need to explore.

From a park that’s nearly 70 acres in size to one that you can paddle, kayak or canoe in, here are six of Edmonton’s most beautiful parks you need to check out.

Terwillegar Park

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Gifted with a wealth of beauty, Terwillegar Park is a gem of Edmonton’s river valley. Nearby is the Terwillegar Park Footbridge, which spans the North Saskatchewan River bringing you to even more vast fields and forests. If you follow the trail just a little further, it will take you to the Wolf Willow Stairs and the Fort Edmonton Footbridge. It’s truly one of Edmonton’s most beautiful parks you need to explore.

Hermitage Park

 

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Tucked away in the northeast end of the city, Hermitage Park is filled with nature trails, a large off-leash dog area and many picnic sites. There’s also plenty of nature in the area, with the occasional owl nesting spotted from time to time. So grab lunch and lace up those running shoes; there are plenty of beautiful views throughout the park to check out.

Rundle Park

 

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Sports fields, multi-use trails, picnic sites and a golf course are all at Rundle Park in northeast Edmonton. Try your hand at horseshoeing at the horseshoe pits, play some mini-golf, or rent a paddleboat and cruise around the park’s multiple ponds. Ask any Edmontonian who enjoys the outdoors in their own city, and Rundle Park will certainly come up.

Louise McKinney Park

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An ideal park for those who are downtown, Louise McKinney Park offers spectacular views of the river valley, with numerous benches to sit down and take it all in. Considered the front door to the river valley parks system and gateway to trails throughout the city, it’s nearly 13 acres in size.

Borden Park

 

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Borden Park is bursting with works of art, walking paths, and a formal flower garden. It’s also home to one of Canada’s best restrooms, so be sure to check that out on your visit too.

Mill Creek Ravine

 

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Mill Creek Ravine flows into the North Saskatchewan River and is located north-south from Connors Road to Argyll Road (63 Avenue). The city says it is a favourite among dog walkers, runners, and mountain bikers, and we can totally see why. There are plenty of trails, bridges and calming landscapes to enjoy.

Honourable mention: William Hawrelak Park

Hawrelak Park

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Sprawled across 68 acres of land in the river valley, William Hawrelak Park also features a five-hectare lake and open meadows. Its size allows you to get lost in nature right in the city, so go for a walk, have a picnic or just lounge in a grassy area and take it all in. You deserve it. Sadly it’s closed this summer due to construction work and won’t reopen until early 2026.

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