15 Thrilling Outdoor Activities in Edmonton

15 Thrilling Outdoor Activities in Edmonton 

Edmonton is a paradise for people who love the outdoors! This vibrant city offers a lot of great outdoor activities for different budgets and preferences. 

Whether you’re a local looking for new adventures to try or a tourist wanting to explore Edmonton, there’s something here for you. As a team who enjoys the outdoors, we listed down our favorite activities in this article and what we liked about them. 

1. Adrenaline-pumping fun at Edmonton Ski Club

Website: https://www.edmontonskiclub.com/ 
Address: 9613 96 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 2B3, Canada
Contact: +1 780-465-0852
Operating hours: 

  • Monday-Thursday(10 AM-5 PM)
  • Friday (10 AM-9 PM) 

Edmonton Ski Club is an adrenaline junkie’s dream-come-true because there’s no shortage of things to do here. You can snowboard, go tubing, and ski in the winter, and mountain bike during warmer seasons. 

They have plenty of fun programs that you can sign up for as well. There are trails and track camps for kids and mountain bike programs for adults, so there’s something for everyone. 

Pro Tip: Excited for the winter activities? You can avail of their early bird season passes for significant discounts. Check them out here

2. Hiking the trails at Whitemud Ravine Nature Reserve

Address: Unnamed Road, Edmonton, AB T6J 2C8, Canada
Operating hours: 24/7

Nothing beats a good old-fashioned hike with a beautiful view – and lucky for us Edmontonians, we have plenty of trails to choose from. One of our favorite places to go to for hiking is the Whitemud Ravine Nature Reserve. 

The hike here is relatively easy and perfect for beginners but there are also side trails for those looking for more of a challenge. Whitemud Ravine Nature Reserve is known for its rich biodiversity and gorgeous views, so definitely worth a visit! 

Pro Tip: You can download the map of the whole place here so you can prepare beforehand. 

3. Ride the canoe on a trip organized by Canoeheads

Website: https://canoeheads.com/ 
Address: 9420 152 St NW office only, Edmonton, AB T5R 1N2, Canada
Contact: +1 780-481-6044
Operating hours: Daily (5 PM-9 PM)

Canoeheads have canoe rental packages inclusive of use of canoe, paddles, safety gear, and transportation. You can usually choose between a day trip or an overnight trip, but you can also customize your own package. 

We love riding the canoe because it’s such a peaceful experience. You’ll get to see the Edmonton River valley and witness outstanding views. 

Pro Tip: Bring drinking water, a hat, and sunscreen with you. It’s also a good idea to bring rain gear in case of inclement weather. 

4. Drive to Elk Island National Park

Website: https://parks.canada.ca/pn-np/ab/elkisland 
Address: 54401 Range Rd 203, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0V3, Canada
Contact: +1 780-922-5790
Operating hours: 24/7

Although not technically in Edmonton, this UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve is accessible within 35 minutes from the city and definitely worth the drive. You’ll enjoy a great view of the hills, lakes, and beautiful starlit skies at night. 

There are also herds of bison, elk, and bird species here – so you can bring your binoculars and cameras with you on your nature walk. 

Pro Tip: If you’re not really sure what to do yet, you can check out the available tours and programs they have here

5. Check out Muttart Conservatory

Website: https://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_events/muttart-conservatory 
Address: 9626 96a St NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 4L8, Canada
Contact: +1 780-496-8755
Operating hours: 

  • Monday-Tuesday; Friday-Sunday (10 AM-5 PM) 
  • Wednesday-Thursday (10 AM-9 PM) 

Feeling cooped up and want to immerse yourself in the beauty of different kinds of plants? Muttart Conservatory is the place for you. 

It’s one of the largest indoor botanical collections nestled in the river valley. You’ll get to learn about 700 species of plants situated in three climate-regulated biomes. 

It’s the perfect place for quiet reflection and fresh air. Plus, it’s a great educational trip for kids as well. 

Pro Tip: Having a party soon? The Muttart Conservatory can actually be a venue option! Check out their great deals here

6. Play a game or two at Lewis Estates Golf Course

Website: http://www.lewisestatesgolf.com/ 
Address: 260 Suder Greens Dr NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4B7, Canada
Contact: +1 780-489-4653
Operating hours: Daily (7 AM-9:30 PM) 

If you’re stressed at work and want to clear your head, we highly recommend playing golf at Lewis Estates. It’s a great way to get to know new people or bond with friends. 

The 18-hole course is known for its gorgeous tree-lined fairways and great views. The staff is also very warm and professional, so it’s always a joy to go here.  

Pro Tip: If you’re a first-timer, worry not because they offer semi-private and private lessons

7. Spend a night under the stars at Rainbow Valley Campground

Website: https://www.rainbow-valley.com/ 
Address: 13206 Rainbow Valley Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 4Y9, Canada
Contact: +1 780-434-3991
Operating hours: Daily (8 AM-9 PM) 

There are days when we just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of our everyday life. So going to the Rainbow Valley Campground is such a treat because you get to connect with nature and enjoy outdoor activities. 

The campground has 39 power sites and 29 natural sites to choose from. They also have amenities such as a clean bathroom with a shower, laundry facilities, and wood-burning stoves for your s’mores and other treats. 

Pro Tip: Kids will love it here as well because aside from nature trails, they also have playgrounds and park areas they can enjoy. 

8. Photo walk at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park


Address: 13221 Buena Vista Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7, Canada
Contact: +1 780-442-5311
Operating hours: Daily (5 AM-11 PM)

If it’s a creative venture you’re looking for, we highly suggest going on a photo walk. You get your steps in while exploring your talents in photography. 

One of our favorite spots is Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park because of its views and various walking and hiking trails. It’s an ideal place to get some screen-saver-worthy shots. 

Pro Tip: You can also reserve picnic sites here. Check here for more information. 

9. Stargazing at Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve

Address: Uncas, AB T8G 2C8, Canada
Operating hours: 24/7

There’s something about stargazing that just grips us – and if you feel the same, then you’ll surely enjoy a trip to Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve. 

It’s located around 40 minutes from Edmonton but it’s worth the trip because of how clear the sky is here (no light pollution!). You’ll get to see galaxies and maybe even aurora borealis, which is so cool. 

Pro Tip: Check the weather forecast before going to ensure it won’t be cloudy. Also wear warm clothing because it can get chilly! 

10. Beach volleyball at Accidental Beach

Address: North, Edmonton, AB T6C 2C4, Canada
Operating hours: 24/7

Take advantage of good weather and have a fun beach day at Accidental Beach. Bring your volleyball for an exciting game with friends. 

It’s the perfect place to chill, forget about your worries, eat ice cream cones, and just frolick under the sun. 

Pro Tip: Remember to bring only non-alcoholic drinks as they don’t allow alcohol here. 

11. Mix up your yoga routine and have class outside with Prana Yoga Studio 

Website: https://www.pranayogastudio.ca/ 
Address: 5611 199 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6M 0M8, Canada
Contact: +1 780-761-2226

Prana Yoga Studio holds yoga classes on Saturdays during summertime at Glastonbury Park. It’s fun and a great way to connect with other people. 

Prana has expert teachers who offer classes depending on skill level. We love how accessible it is even for beginners. 

Pro Tip: Bring your own yoga mat or beach towel, water bottle, and sunscreen to ensure a more comfortable experience. 

12. Play tennis at these sites

Edmonton has various tennis courts to choose from with standard rates. You can choose the court nearest to your area for convenience. 

In our experience, it’s pretty easy to check available dates and book your slot. Just make sure to check this website  for all the info you need. 

Pro Tip: Do know that you need to cancel 16 days before your booking in order to get a refund. 

13. Test your limits at Snow Valley Aerial Park Tower

Website: https://www.snowvalley.ca/aerial-park/ 
Address: 13204 Rainbow Valley Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 3Y9, Canada
Contact: +1 780-434-3991
Operating hours: 

  • Monday-Tuesday; Thursday-Sunday (9 AM-10 PM)
  • Wednesday (1-10 PM) 

We love how this attraction has over 100 elements on the structure, so you can crawl, climb, swing, and step to get through them all (at 15 meters above the ground, mind you!). It’s a test of your endurance, mental agility,  flexibility, and bravery. 

They have a rainbow wall, a swinging picnic table, a ski bridge, and so much more. It’s designed in a way that you get to pick whatever part of the structure you explore, so you can customize the experience in any way you see fit. 

Pro Tip: The elements are color-coded depending on the difficulty level for your guidance. All climbs can usually be done in around two hours.

14. Swimming at Oliver Outdoor Pool

Website: https://www.edmonton.ca/activities_parks_recreation/oliver-outdoor-pool 
Address: 10315 119 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 1Z6, Canada
Operating hours: Daily (12 PM-8 PM)

The summer months aren’t complete without frequent dips in the pool to cool off. Thankfully, Edmonton has a lot of pools to choose from – our favorite one being Oliver Outdoor Pool. 

It has a sundeck, picnic tables, concession stands, and even a deep water slide. They even have lockers for your valuables. 

Pro Tip: You can bring your own food and drink! However, do know that you may bring in ONLY unopened, factory-sealed beverages.

15. Jogging and cycling at Terwillegar Park

Address: 10 Rabbit Hill Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6R 0R7, Canada
Operating hours: Daily (5 AM-11 PM)

Whether you’re a runner or a cyclist, you’ll love it at Terwillegar Park because there are great trails here. It’s a beautiful riverfront park with an off-leash dog area so it’s great for your fur babies too. 

They have ample parking and clean toilets as well. We like that it’s easily accessible and affordable – who says we need to spend a lot to see amazing views and connect with nature? 

Pro Tip: Download the trail map here so you can be guided when you visit the park. 

Those are some of our favorite outdoor activities here! We hope we helped you in choosing your next big outdoor adventure. 

What are your favorite outdoor activities in Edmonton? Let us know if you think we missed out on any – we’ll love to hear from you. 

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