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Don’t Miss These Downtown Parks

Find the perfect green space, whether you're looking for a jogging trail or off-leash park

Edmonton River Valley

With more than 160 kilometres of pathways stretching from the city’s north edge to the west, the Edmonton River Valley is Canada’s largest urban park. On any given day, the multi-use trails are teeming with joggers, power walkers and nature-lovers sure to make you forget that you’re minutes away from office towers and rush-hour traffic. You can find trail maps on the City of Edmonton website. In the winter, many of these tracks become cross-country ski trails. The most accessible way to get down to the river valley from Downtown is via the 100 Street Funicular located behind the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. 10065 100 Street

Alex Decoteau Park

Sandwiched between shiny office towers, luxury hotels and cool condos, you’ll find a surprising number of green spaces in Downtown Edmonton. Named in honour of the first Aboriginal police officer in Canada, the park was a collaboration 10 years in the making between the City of Edmonton, Downtown residents and nearby businesses. The main attraction is a small fenced off-leash dog park where dogs of all sizes and breeds are welcome. Walk your pup here and you’ll both make friends in no time. There’s plenty to do and see if you don’t have a four-legged friend. This much-loved park has lots of seating scattered amongst the trees, where you can watch area residents tend to their garden plots. The spot is also a favourite hangout for young families thanks to several kid-friendly water features. 10230 105 Street

Louise McKinney Waterfront Park

Located a short walking distance from the Edmonton Convention Centre, Louise McKinney Waterfront Park is a welcome green space on the eastern edge of Downtown. What other park in the capital can boast a Chinese garden, boating dock and riverfront plaza? If you’re up for something sporty, rent a bicycle or Segway from River Valley Adventure Co. which operates out of the park. 9999 Grierson Hill Road

Churchill Square

Smack dab between Edmonton City Hall, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Citadel Theatre and the Winspear Centre, Churchill Square is the ultimate destination for families attending Downtown festivals and events. In the summer, don your bathing suit and splash around in the City Hall fountain. Come winter when the temperatures dip below zero, lace up your ice skates and glide on this urban ice rink. Sir Winston Churchill Square

Beaver Hills House Park

If you’ve got kids that need entertaining, Beaver Hill House Park in between 104 street and 105 street will keep them busy. The park’s playground is superb with plenty of original and imaginatively built features made from recycled parts. There’s also an Aboriginal Walk of Honour, hidden pond and a public art piece connecting Beaver Hills to the adjacent Michael Phair Park. 10440 Jasper Avenue

Michael Phair Park

Take a selfie at the technicolour Confetti mural at 10124 104 St. The park is named after Michael Phair, the first openly gay politician in Alberta. The mural is a physical realization of Michael Phair himself, it’s vibrant, playful, celebratory, impactful, and welcoming. To this day, Michael Phair continues his service to the City of Edmonton by programming the park, leading Queer History Tours and always finding time to dance.

ICE District Plaza

One of the latest amenities to the ICE District is the ICE District Plaza, located in front of the JW Marriott in the centre of the entertainment hub. It’s a great place for an evening stroll after a meal or drink. During the summer, local rollerskaters turn the plaza into a roller rink. 10340 103 Street

Alberta Legislature

It’s true that the grass is always greener on the other side. Many a tourist and locals alike know the iconic Alberta Legislature is a gorgeous setting all year round. In the summer and fall, the grounds are at their most enjoyable with perfectly-manicured lawns, splendid water fountains, the beautiful Lois Hole Memorial Garden, an open-amphitheatre and lawn bowling. In the winter, you can ice-skate behind the legislature and see the legislature’s holiday lights. 10800 97 Avenue

Kinistinâw Park

One sure sign of a city’s maturity is when people start caring as much about spaces between buildings as they do about what goes up vertically. Located in The Quarters on the eastern edge of Downtown, Kinistinâw Park, which is Plains Cree for “us three,” recognizes that the area has long been an important gathering space for Indigenous peoples. Phase 1 of Kinistinâw Park continues into the summer of 2020. It will be surrounded by greenery, native trees and a striking red canopy which will weave itself through the plaza. 10249 96 Street

McKay Avenue School Playground

Downtown Edmonton’s first community playground, McKay Avenue School Playground, is steps away from the historic McKay Avenue School Archives and Museum building. Its bright green hills and a ribbon of blue symbolize the Edmonton river valley. This playground will entertain kids for hours on end with the bright yellow slide, a saucer swing and a rope web for climbers of all ages. 10425 99 Avenue

Railtown Park

Railtown Park is a beautiful little park hidden between condos and shopping centres. Its multi-use trail is great to stroll down any time of day. Follow the trail down to Constable Ezio Faraone Park, which boasts incredible views of river valley. Midway you can hop on the High Level Bridge streetcar and head south of the river. Don’t forget to check out the free graffiti wall on 109 street under the bridge. 110 Street