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Edmonton's river valley is the longest stretch of connected urban parkland in North America

22 times larger than New York City's Central Park, Edmonton's parkland has 11 lakes, 14 ravines and 22 major parks (and pocket parks too) to enjoy.

Explore Parks in Edmonton

A modest park just outside the Yardbird Suite music venue with a bronze bust of an Edmonton jazz icon and the park's namesake, Big Miller. The adopted Edmontonian was a Jazz and Blues Singer, who shared the stage with such legends as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Dizzie Gillespie and Miles Davis.

You can't miss the Canadian Pacific Rail caboose sitting in the middle of the park. It's where the railway line into the city ended, back in the late 19th century. The park is meant to be a reminder of this railway history.

There are adventures abound in the Mill Creek Ravine. Enjoy paved and dirt walking paths, bike trails, off leash dog parks, picnic sites and even an outdoor swimming pool, which can be found all along the tributary ravine system leading into the North Saskatchewan River.

A welcome nature retreat amongst downtown office buildings. Beaver Hills House Park provides a pond where you can leap between stones as well as grassy hills, park benches, picnic tables and public art to capture your imagination.

A park in the heart of Old Strathcona with rarely has a dull moment. A place for festivals, public events and informal gatherings with park benches, a gazebo, tiled and natural grass areas.

There's lots to do when you visit Garneau Park. Kids (and kids at heart) can climb, jump and swing in the colourful playground equipment and sand box. You can sit amongst the green space and grassy hills. Participate in an arts or craft class at the Edmonton Arts Centre. Or ramp up your competitive side with tennis and beach volleyball --- you can get involved in a game, a tournament, league or lesson.

A grassy rectangular park framed by large trees with a picnic area on the east side.

A modest little playground with open space for kids to run off some steam.

A pocket park along Edmonton's whimsical 104 Street named in honour of the city's first openly gay politician and hard-working community advocate, Michael Phair.

The town square of Edmonton. The massive, paved, tree-lined gathering place hosts events year-round including the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, the New Year's Celebration, The Works Art & Design Festival, Taste of Edmonton plus more. The City of Edmonton is committed to enlivening the site with fitness classes, light saber training, break dancing and other programs for all ages.

A neighbourhood garden inviting locals to participate in organic gardening. No chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are used in the 87 garden plots tended to by community members.

A well-loved park visited by residents throughout the year. The rink is the place for ball hockey and bicycle polo during the warmer months and skating and shinny in the winter. Ritchie Park also has two paved tennis courts, a basketball court, a playground, spray park and open field with heaps of room to run and play.

Victoria Promenade

An expansive paved walkway stretching along five blocks, overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Park benches dot the promenade for a rest and a chance to take it all in.

Oliver Park

A park with many activities to try. Enjoy the playground, natural green spaces, the indoor Oliver Arena and community hall all year-round, or the Oliver Outdoor Pool in the hotter months.

Grant Notley Park

Get a sense of just how massive the river valley is from the top of Victoria Park Road. Lounge on one of the many park benches or in the gazebo before heading off into the trail network.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park sits on the north bank of the North Saskatchewan River and extends from Whitemud Drive (west) to Buena Vista Drive (northeast.) The River Valley location of this park makes it a fantastic location to visit.

Groat Ravine

A valley filled with pathways weaving through the natural beauty of the boreal forest. The trail system leads down to the North Saskatchewan River with the parkland and picnic areas of MacKinnon Ravine.

Constable Ezio Faraone Park

Bike paths and walkways meet on the north side of the river in Constable Ezio Faraone Park. Atop the edge of the river valley, visitors can survey the view from the gazebo or one of the many park benches.

Edmonton Grads Park

A circular park nestled in beside a well-used bike path in the Westmount neighbourhood. It's named in honour of The Edmonton Grads women's basketball team from the 1920s.

Kitchener Park

An open field with gently rolling hills to run, play and lounge on, while a spray park and playground take up the northern edge of the space.

Westmount Park

A large park space with a variety of facilities including a rink, sports fields, natural areas, a playground and spray park.

Edmonton Valley Zoo

Nestled on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is a small and intimate zoo that provides authentic and engaging animal experiences.

John G. Niddrie Park

Truly a pocket park! This little green triangle of parkland is Edmonton's smallest park. It's named after a pioneer educator in Edmonton.

Malcolm Groat Park

Overlooking Groat Road, the green space adds natural elements between neighbourhood homes and the busy thoroughfare.

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