As we head into summer, now is the perfect time to get outside. Whether you're ready for a hike or planning a family picnic, be sure to visit these amazing parks in Edmonton.

Hawrelak Park

Hawrelak Park is a 68-hectare park located in the river valley. It's a simply beautiful area which features a 5-hectare lake (not suitable for swimming, fishing or boating) and open meadows. It's a great place for a bike ride or hike as it features walking and cycling trails.

It's easy to spend your whole day here as it has a playground, picnic sites and a fully-licensed restaurant (Culina on the Lake). The park is an incredibly popular destination and hosts several festivals and events.

Rundle Park

Rundle Park is located on the north bank of the river in northeast Edmonton. This is not your average park. It features sports areas for baseball, soccer, tennis, beach volleyball, frisbee and even horseshoe; multi-use trails perfect for a hike, run or bike ride; a paddling center; picnic sites and a golf course! In winter, locals flock here for its toboggan hills and IceWay.

Sir Wilfred Laurier Park

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park is located in Edmonton's west end on the north bank of the river. A great place to spend the day, it features walking and cycling trails, picnic sites, two natural playgrounds and a boat launch.

Buena Vista Park

Buena Vista Park is located on the north bank of the river, near Sir Wilfred Laurier Park and Hawrelak Park. It's named for, and known for, its beautiful view. It features a large off-leash area for dog owners and multi-use trails for fitness junkies. It is also home to Yorath House, a rental facility which is available for year-round bookings.

Hermitage Park

Hermitage Park is located in the north-east end of Edmonton. It features walking and cycling trails, a large off-leash dog area pet owners will love, picnic sites, and a large pond that attracts wildlife and is open for non-motorized boating. While you can't zip around on a motorboat, you can fish and paddle on the pond!

We hope you'll pay a visit to these fabulous parks in Edmonton this summer!

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