Five Best Picnic Spots in Edmonton
There is no better way to enjoy summer than with food, friends, a Frisbee and a blanket at your neighbourhood park. Picnic season may be short in Edmonton, but city residents like to take full advantage, filling up all of the cities green spaces on weekends and during lunch or after work on weekdays. Here are some of the best picnic spots in Edmonton.
Where: Edmonton, AB T5B 4W8
What: This park located in the community of Virginia Park is a great place to relax for an afternoon. It’s art work and formal flower garden make it a favourite amongst city residents and visitors alike. It has four bookable picnic areas, cycling and walking trails, a playground, outdoor tennis courts, a pavilion with washrooms and vending machines, and parking.
Where: 51227 AB-60, Parkland County, AB T7Y 1C5
What: The botanic gardens are just minutes west of the city along Highway 60. Two hundred and forty acres of gardens and natural features, including the Kurimoto Japanese Garden and butterfly house, a tropical show house with exotic butterflies; temperate and arid show houses; alpine, herb, rose, peony, lilac and lily collections; the Native Peoples Garden; trial beds and much more, are yours to explore and enjoy.
Where: 2909 113 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5W 0P3
What: Rundle Park’s six canopied picnic areas are perfect for large gatherings. With eight to 12 tables each, they can hold up to 96 people. They are equipped with barbecue pits, stoves, electricity and water. You can use them on a first-come-first-serve basis for free, or guarantee your spot by reserving an area for $36.70 per hour. The Park is situated along the North Saskatchewan River. It also features a large playground, paddle boats, a sports facilities and a man-made lake.
Where: 108 Street and 99 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5K 0B7
What: The outdoor space surrounding this government building boasts beautifully manicured gardens, historical monuments, wading pools and shady spots. It is a great place for dinin al fresco, and watching tourists and locals come and go.
Where: 9330 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB
What: Hawrelak Park is a 130 hectare park with multiple sheltered picnic areas that seat between 64 and 96 people available for reserve. They are equipped with barbecue pits, stoves, electricity and water. The grassy fields surrounding the picnic area is great for game of bocce or soccer, and the nearby lake.