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Happening in Edmonton: July 16-17

Blog by Sara Kalke | July 14th, 2016

This week, still on vacation, our family has been exploring the waterways here in the east, and it makes me wonder what Edmonton would be like if we used the North Saskatchewan River to its fullest capacity. I know there are some accessibility challenges because of the steep river banks (at least until the funicular is up and running), but there is still plenty to do in our beautiful river valley.

River Valley Events and Activities

The river valley and ravines that cut through our city are considered to the largest urban park system in Canada, and are criss-crossed with many different types of trails. Take advantage of our good fortune by hiking, biking, running, strolling, bird watching, picnicking, or geocaching.

Check out the new trails at Terwillegar Park, seek out the Fort Edmonton Park Footbridge, or hunt for wood violets in Whitemud Nature Reserve. I was delighted to discover that the City of Edmonton offers teaching in archery in Victoria Park. Classes are available for kids, teens, and adults. This is something I have written on my bucket list in pen.

While there could be more, Edmonton does have some opportunities to get out on the water.

The North Saskatchewan is calm and slow as it flows through our city, so it’s ideal for rowing, canoeing, stand-up- paddle-boarding, and kayaking. Check out the city’s website for boat launch locations and classes. Several companies offer boat rental and shuttle services, so get floating, and have fun!

Other Events:

If you want to get work on your health and wellness in the open air, check out Yoga in the Park at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park on Sunday at 1:00 PM. This event available for a cash donation, with proceeds going to Fort McMurray’s fire relief.

Both the Freewill Shakespeare Festival at Hawrelak Park, and the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival downtown end after this weekend, so there are only a few days left to experience this year’s performances.

Unscheduled Fun:

Summer and ice cream just go together. Grab your kids or your friends or your significant other, pick up a tasty, creamy treat, and enjoy it outside in the sun (between rain showers, perhaps). If you’re tired of the same old DQ or McD’s, maybe it’s time to splurge on Edmonton’s own Pinocchio Ice Cream, available at the Italian Centre and several other locations around the city.

What I’m Doing This Weekend:

This weekend, we will be camping lakeside. The kids have set their hearts on fishing with Poppa and mini-golf with Nanny, and I’m sure there will be plenty of reading and relaxing on my part (or maybe a drive into town in desperate search of Wi-Fi and AC!).

- Joanna

Links for More Information:

edmonton.ca/activities_parks_recreation/parks_rivervalley/river-valley- parks.aspx


edmonton.ca/activities_parks_recreation/parks_rivervalley/boating-and- canoeing.aspx