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Parks and Hiking Trails in Edmonton

If you enjoy the lush outdoors, then you will find Edmonton a hiker's paradise. The city has more than 460 parks, nature trails and community gardens that exhibit its beautiful greenery. The abundant sunshine and pleasant weather makes it great for biking, trekking and picnics. Bring along your binoculars to view the amazing wildlife.

Most of the parks in Edmonton are located on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. In fact, the river has given the city a series of 22 urban parks, creating an oasis of lush greenery amid azure lakes and subterranean ravines. Known as the 'Ribbon of Green', this area is the largest expanse of urban parkland in the whole of North America.

If you are lucky, you may spot a porcupine, deer, coyote or bear hiding in the dense foliage. You can also enjoy golf and a range of water sports along the river bank. Anglers are sure to find the teeming fish in the river, simply irresistible. Fishing is also permitted in certain lakes of the sprawling riverside parks of Edmonton.

Winter brings new possibilities. The falling of a thick blanket of snow and the freezing of lakes signifies the beginning of winter sports. The biking trails magically transform into slopes for cross country skiing and tobogganing while the lakes become skating rinks. You can also chill out by building snow forts and having a few good old snowball fights with your pals.

Here is a list of parks in Edmonton with available facilities. Some parks allow you to purchase admission tickets online.

Fort Edmonton Park
William Hawrelak Park
Millwoods Park
Rundle Park
Muttart Conservatory
Northlands Park
Elk Island National Park
John Janzen Nature Centre
River Vally Parks
Coronation Park

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