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Explore The Capital City

Whether you're looking for adventure, sports activities, or arts and history, Edmonton has fun activities the whole family with enjoy

North Saskatchewan River Valley

Embrace the beauty of the outdoors and the largest expanse of urban parkland in North America

With over 20 major parks and attractions, 7,400 hectares of land and a river valley that's 22 times the size of New York City's Central Park, there’s tons to explore. The trails are perfect for jogging, cycling or taking in the nature and wildlife with many views of the cityscape along the way.

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      Fort Edmonton Park & John Janzen Nature Centre

      Fort Edmonton Park

      Visit Fort Edmonton Park and experience four distinct eras in Edmonton’s past: the days of the fur trade, and the pioneer years of 1885, 1905 and 1920. For more information visit

      Summer Hours:

      Friday July 1, 2016 – Sunday August 28, 2016
      Weekdays and weekends from 10am – 5pm

      John Janzen Nature Centre

       A gateway to the heart of Edmonton’s River Valley and located just minutes from Fort Edmonton Park, the newly-renovated John Janzen Nature Centre takes visitors for a walk on the wild side with programs, events and interactive exhibits designed to promote awareness and engagement with nature in an urban setting. For more information visit the website.
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      Hawrelak Park

      The perfect family summer outing and also home to many of Edmonton's major festivals and sporting events

      William Hawrelak Park is a 68 hectare park in the river valley with activities such as paddleboat rentals, picnic sites, sheltered pavilion and playgrounds.  The park hosts several major festivals and events throughout the year and is a fantastic location for all Edmontonians and visitors to explore.

      Learn more about how to get to Hawrelak Park here.

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      Muttart Conservatory

      Muttart Conservatory is Edmonton's iconic horticultural attraction featuring four pyramids filled with thousands of species of plants.

      This innovative botanical garden sets the pace for plant science in western Canada and defines Edmonton’s skyline with striking glass pyramids rising from the river valley. Culina Muttart offers one of Edmonton’s best dining experiences, and can cater private celebrations. The Muttart Conservatory hosts events, camps and educational courses and is also a sought after venue for special occasions and weddings.

      For more information click here.

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      Alberta Legislature

      Memories are made at this historic landmark.

      Come explore the Alberta Legislature, the province’s foremost historic site. Sitting at the gateway of downtown Edmonton, the Alberta Legislature overlooks the majestic river valley. With over 55 acres of manicured lawns, wondrous tree-lined walking paths and dozens of historical monuments, there is no shortage of activities or sights to be explored.

      For more information on tours and special events visit the website.

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      Work on your swing and book a tee time while your visiting Edmonton

      With mid-summer daylight lasting 17 hours, it’s no wonder the Edmonton region boasts more than 80 golf courses. Choose from riverside urban to rolling rural golf courses.

      For more information on golf courses in Edmonton, visit Explore Edmonton.

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      Edmonton Valley Zoo

      The home of Lucy the elephant

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      Nestled in Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park, in the heart of the sweeping Edmonton River Valley, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is home to more than 350 animals.

      Bring along the kids for a chance to see Lucy the elephant, native prairie dogs, a zebra, fox, and bighorn sheep. Bird lovers can catch the snowy owl, bald eagle, and great-horned owl. Hoot twice if you love owls!

      Check out the new Polar Extremes exhibit that gives visitors an up-close view of seals, sea lions and arctic foxes.

      For more information visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo website.

      Old Strathcona and Whyte Avenue

      Discover a plethora of unique local boutiques, one-of-a-kind art galleries and music shops, and trendy restaurants and cafés.

      Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona has been named one of Canada’s five best shopping neighbourhoods.

      Anchored by the funky, bohemian spirit of Whyte Avenue, historic buildings blend with youthful exuberance to make Old Strathcona one of Edmonton’s trendiest neighbourhoods. The city's celebrated arts and cultural community makes its home here.

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      For more information on things to do in the capital city or to get an Edmonton Attractions Pass, visit Explore Edmonton's website.