Picnics are one of the best ways to spend a summer day in Edmonton. You can bring sandwiches from home for an easy and inexpensive day out, stop at your favorite picnic friendly restaurant and get take-out for an easy way to add a bit of fun to dinner.
Here are some of the top places to picnic in Edmonton:
The fantastic playground shaped like a fantastic tree fort, colorful sculptures and paths to walk and bike makes this one of our favorite parks in the city to spend a picnic at. The public art is one of my favorite parts of the walk, and the kids appreciate the playground that makes it into our list of the top five in the city.
On a hot day, the kids love the spray park – and the playground deserves a mention too. It’s full of fun and has many different things for the kids to do. There’s shaded areas, and you can use the BBQ pits to make dinner, for something a little different.
Strathcona Science Provincial Park
If bike paths are your thing, there are 4+ km of bike paths and bbqs, picnic tables and shelters to finish off a fun ride with a picnic.
Paddleboats and picnics. At Rundle Park, you can take the kids on Paddleboats before or after the picnic, giving you a bit of entertainment to go along with it. You can easily spend hours with lots to do and multiple playgrounds, and the kids are going to love it.
Giovanni Caboto Park
Right across from the Italian Center, this was one of our favorite places to spend the afternoon when we lived downtown with a toddler. We would grab something from the Italian Center shop (and always popsicles) and play on the playground, bring a ball and hang out in the shade to cool off a bit during a hot day.
Royal Alberta Museum
Lots of green space and places to explore, this is the perfect way to begin (or end) a trip to the museum. The kids love playing inside the Korean Pavillion outside, and again, lots of shade.
Telus World of Science
There is so, so much space to run around outside of the Telus World of Science, and a playground and picnic shelters, it’s easy to spend an afternoon outside at a picnic.
Highlands Hiking Trail
An easy walk for kids, you’re going to want to avoid the stroller as there are a couple of staircases through the walk. One of the favorite parts of the walk for the kids is under the bridge, and the footbridge you pass about half way through. It’s a good way to tire the kids out, and there are lots of places you can stop for a picnic along the way.
Beuna Vista Park
Start off at Sir Wilfred Laurier Park parking lot and follow the trail system. There are river views, lots of places to stop but the trails are multi use and can get quite busy – so be prepared for a quick stop after an active morning or afternoon.
One of our favorite spots for a picnic with a bit more romance than play on the playground, Alexander Circle, in Edmonton is a romantic picnic spot, and a popular place for wedding photos during the summer months.