June 4, 2020
Category: Blog Posts
How to Enjoy the Outdoors Downtown
As Alberta is officially in Stage 2 of reopening, here are three Downtown activities that you can do outdoors. Grab a friend, enjoy the fresh air and don’t forget to stick to social distancing rules.
Roll through the river valley on a Segway
River Valley Adventure Co. offers tours of the River Valley and Downtown via Segway, the two-wheeled stand up motorized people-mover. If you’ve never been on a Segway before, a beginner’s ride takes you on a half-hour adventure through the River Valley. Once you’ve completed the beginner ride, you can sign up for the 60- or 90-minute advanced ride through the core. The Downtown ride begins in Louise McKinney Park, heads up Grierson Hill into the core, takes you past the Art Gallery of Alberta and Royal Alberta Museum, through the Ice District, past the Neon Sign Museum on 104 Street and eventually towards the Legislature Grounds. Oh, and there’s a gelato pit stop at La Carraia. You need to be 14 years of age or more to ride. River Valley Adventure Co, 9735 Grierson Hill, 780-995-7347, rivervalleyadventure.com
Hop on a Vespa
Want to make Downtown Edmonton feel like a “Roman Holiday?” The second you get on a Vespa, you’ll feel the need to say “ciao” to all your fellow riders. All you need is a Class 5 driver’s license to rent one. For a guided adventure, join VespaYEG’s City Tour. Meet at District Moto, have a latte, then spend the next couple of hours touring the city. Experience the Legislature Grounds and the Walterdale Bridge on a Vespa. Helmets are provided and District Moto offers Vespas for hourly, half-day or full-day rentals. Unleash your inner Italian. District Moto, 10309 107 St, 780-752-2014, districtmoto.ca
Rent an electric scooter
We saw a lot of electric scooters on Downtown streets and sidewalks during 2019. And, while the reintroduction of the scooters from Bird and Lime was delayed because of COVID-19, they’re now ready to roll. If you’ve been on a bike, you can ride the scooter. A credit card unlocks it, and there are nearly eight kilometres of protected lanes and paths downtown to use. Lime is introducing a new pass that allows riders to unlock unlimited rides for seven straight days. Lime is also going to allow one credit card to unlock up to five scooters at one time. So, if you want to ride with a group, you can say “this one’s on me.” Now, this should go without saying, but be a responsible rider. Park your rides when you are done. Be a responsible user, and ensure the scooter service can grow and thrive in Edmonton.
If you’re looking for a more guided experience, sign up for a scooter tour of the scenic river valley with River Valley Adventure Co ($25 for a 60-minute tour or $40 for a 90-minute tour). This experience is so new it’s not even up on their website yet. River Valley Adventure Co, 9735 Grierson Hill, 780-995-7347, rivervalleyadventure.com