June heralds the beginning of the long days of summer here in Edmonton. With sun up at approximately 5 AM and sun down as late as 10 PM there’s every reason to get out and explore all that our bustling city and it’s surrounding region has to offer.
From inner city markets, art galleries, water parks and restaurants, to festivals, events and more, Edmonton is home to it all. And, within a short drive beyond the city limits, there are stunning parks to explore, rivers to canoe, lakes to sail, hikes to take and outdoor adventures galore. You, your children, or the child within you, will find ample distractions and experiences wherever you go.
Here a few suggestions to get your summer adventures started.
Parks & Outdoor Adventures:
William Hawrelak Park
Located in the centre of Edmonton, and open 365 days a year, this beautiful urban park is the location for many festivals and activities throughout the year. It features an artificial lake, where paddleboats can be rented in summer and also hosts the swimming portion of the annual Edmonton Triathlon. A great place to picnic with family or friends by day – or plan a nighttime BBQ under the late setting sun (firepits on-site) – the area also includes beach volleyball, walking/biking trails, and much more.
Edmonton Corn Maze
Get lost! Late July through September is the time to visit this unusual 15-acre attraction. New designs every year have people stumped as to how to make their way to the centre and out again. It’s a great place for kids of all ages.
Elk Island National Park
How about a day out in the sunshine and fresh air? Elk Island National Park is a nearby destination that is home to both the largest and the smallest terrestrial mammals in North America: the wood bison and pygmy shrew respectively. Discover more than 250 bird species. Searching for an oasis of calm for a quiet picnic or looking to camp out overnight? Or maybe you’d like to devote a day to all things celestial at the annual Star Party? Well, this is the place to be.
Yes! Even though Alberta is a land-locked province, there are many opportunities to pursue this sport if diving is your passion. Cold water, high altitude dives are alive and kicking at Pyramid Lake Jasper. Check out the local scuba shops in Edmonton for details. Also available at Pyramid Lake: camping, kayaking, mountain biking and extraordinary hiking.
Shopping, Markets & Dining:
West Edmonton Mall
The Mother of all Malls, this is a world-class, year-round destination. With shopping, attractions, daily scheduled events and services that form the most comprehensive retail, hospitality and entertainment complex on Earth, West Edmonton Mall is the place where people come to shop, play, and stay.
Located in West Edmonton Mall, it’s the world’s second-largest indoor waterpark and features the world’s largest wave pool. Enjoy hot tubs, 17 unique waterslides or ride the waves in its newest attraction – Tsunami!
If you love shopping, eating and drinking, combined with a dash of history, take a walk through downtown Edmonton’s Heritage District known as Old Strathcona. Discover unique boutiques, marvel at the work of local artisans, and take your pick of over 100 restaurants and cafés. This is the hub of Edmonton’s arts and cultural community.
Arts, Festivals & Cultural Experiences:
Winspear Centre for Music
Located in our city’s downtown core and home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, this summer’s live music lineup includes events that span the gamut from Classical to Pop and Jazz with some Harry Potter magic thrown in.
Whyte Avenue Art Walk
Come on out and witness creativity in the making with over 450 artists displaying their talents along Whyte Avenue. This event lasts three days, July 7-9, and is not to be missed. Take the opportunity to discover new artists and find that perfect piece to enhance your home.
Edmonton’s Fringe Festival
August 17 to 27, 2017 brings another amazing Fringe Festival to the Old Strathcona district. Featuring main stage plays or productions set in smaller and unusual venues, you are sure to find something to your taste. There are even Theatre for Young Audience shows to capture the attention of the youngsters in your life.
Edmonton Blues Festival 2017
This year, in honor of Canada’s 150th, the Edmonton Blues Festival is bringing more Canadian acts to the stage than ever before. Over half the line up is a great mix of local, regional and nationally known Canadian blues acts. Blues Hounds who come from around the world say: ‘this festival is what we wish all blues festivals were… an intimate, well run, world class celebration of the music and its’ fans…’ Be sure to catch it August 25 to 27.
Whose summer isn’t complete without sports? Be it as an active participant or as an avid fan, Edmonton has lots to offer the sports enthusiast.
- Long summer days lend themselves well to a game of golf. These local courses are open to the public: Lewis Estates Golf Course, Riverside Golf Course and Victoria Golf Course and Driving Range to name but a few.
- If tennis is your game, public access is available in many of Edmonton’s parks.
- Also, no summer is complete without catching a game of baseball. Check out the Edmonton Prospects at the RE/MAX Field located in the heart of Edmonton alongside the North Saskatchewan River.
Canada Day 2017
Finally, don’t forget, Canada celebrates it’s 150th Anniversary in 2017 and there are a huge range of festivities planned in Edmonton.
Check your local TV, radio and newspaper listings for all scheduled events.
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