Now that we’re mid-summer, with physical distancing measures in mind, we thought it would be a great time to share some of our favourite outdoor trails and parks in South Edmonton.
There’s nothing better than getting out into the sun on the weekends or evenings for a hike, a wander, or a stroll in this beautiful city of ours!
South Edmonton’s Best Outdoor Trails
If you’re looking for an easy, moderate, or difficult hike in South Edmonton, we’re surrounded by loops and trails of all kinds for you to spend your time exploring just outside of the downtown city core, and surrounded by the beautiful parks and nature that make up Edmonton!
Millwoods Pond Loop
Millwoods Pond Loop is a very short outdoor walking loop – only 0.6km, with no elevation gain. This is a good one to take the family to with a stroller and dog if you’re just looking for some basic and quick exercise!
Mill Creek Ravine Trail
Looking for a moderate trail with a decent elevation gain that will keep you busy for a few hours? Mill Creek Ravine Trail is for you. This trail is dog-friendly though they must be kept on leash. The trail stretches for over 10km, with a 182m elevation gain. The trail connects to two parks in Edmonton, Henrietta Muir Edwards Park, and Nellie McClung Park. This one will keep you occupied and outdoors for about three hours!
Reg Gray Trail Loop
This easy loop is dog-friendly, and a short trail at only 2.7km. This trail takes less than an hour to walk, and a minimal elevation gain of 47m. Beware – this trail is notorious for mosquitos so bring some bug repellant for the Reg Gray Trail Loop!
Broadmoor Lake Loop
Located in Sherwood Park, the Broadmoor Lake Loop trail is best used from May to October. This trail is only 1.6km and fairly flat, and doesn’t take long to complete but offers beautiful lake views!
Blackmud Creek trail is for the more seasoned walkers and avid hikers! Stretching out over 9.3km, this trail will take you nearly three hours to complete. The trail features a river during your trek, is dog-friendly, and the elevation gain is minimal at 106m.
South Edmonton’s Best Outdoor Parks
Are you looking for somewhere in Edmonton to be outdoors and relax? Rather than the hustle and bustle of trekking through trails, we’ve compiled a quick list of some of Edmonton’s most popular outdoor parks – including one indoor botanical garden.
Mill Creek Ravine Park
Home to its Mill Creek Ravine Trail, Mill Creek Ravine Park is centrally located and close to nearby restaurants, cafes, and other local amenities in Edmonton. This park is dog-friendly, and has flat paved surfaces for flat trekking, and enjoys plenty of shade – and friendly wildlife! Bring birdseed – they’ll eat from your hands!
William Hawrelak Park
The location of the annual Symphony Under The Sky concert series, William Hawkrelak Park features beautiful walking trails, skating arenas in the winter, an ice castle display, and water you can paddleboard on and swim in, this park is an Edmonton favourite. Definitely be sure to check this place out, no matter the season!
This beautiful botanical garden is surrounded by glass pyramid enclosures featuring exotic plants and flowers from around the world. The Muttart Conservatory admission fee is a mere $12.50/adult, $10/child, and well worth the exploration if you’re looking for an enjoyable activity in Edmonton. While the Conservatory is closed for the remainder of the season they will be reopening come 2021!
Terwillegar Park features a large pedestrian and cycle-friendly bridge over the water! This park is entirely dog-friendly and dogs are allowed off-leash. There’s river access, and shady spots if you’re looking to keep cool in the summer. Bring the dogs and be prepared to throw some tennis balls and let them run to their hearts’ content!
Elk Island National Park
If you’re looking to spot wildlife in Edmonton, Elk Island National Park is for you. People have spotted bison, elk, coyotes, beavers, moose, and more wild animals in this Edmonton park. Elk Island National Park is open throughout the seasons, so come and enjoy this outdoor adventure and visit with the local wildlife!
Lake Summerside Park in South Edmonton
Who could forget Lake Summerside? Arguably our favourite park in South Edmonton. Lake Summerside features a man-made lake your family can enjoy on the sandy beaches, relaxing or playing tennis at the outdoor courts. Enjoy fishing in the lake with your Lake Summerside beach access membership – which you receive FREE when you rent with the Nautical Luxury Suites at Summerside. Make lake life your life this summer at the Nautical Luxury Suites at Summerside, and receive free access year-round to Lake Summerside. Other summer 2020 promotions include the choice of:
- One months’ free rent!
- A gift card to the store of your choice equal to one months’ rent cost
- We move you! We’ll pay your moving costs up to the cost of one months’ rent.
Contact us today to learn how you can make lake life your life this summer at Lake Summerside.