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Edmonton & Area Summer Bucket List

Jul 10, 2018

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

In this post, I’m going to run you through a few fun summer things you can do right here in and around Edmonton! Think of them as great additions to your summer bucket list.

Festivals
If you live in Edmonton, you’re living in Festival City, so make the most of it! There are tons of really cool, really fun events for you to check out all-year, but especially during the summer. I’ll have a blog post specifically on Edmonton festivals coming your way soon, but for now you can check out the city’s list here.

Outdoor Pools
Did you know Edmonton has five outdoor pools, and they’re all free to use during the summer?! That’s right! Free! They’re open as long as the temperature is above 18°C, the weather isn’t too stormy or rainy, and as long as there aren’t any private bookings. Take a look at the list of Edmonton’s outdoor pools here, and make sure you check it before you go swimming to make sure the one you want to go to is open.

Camping
Another thing I think lots of people don’t realize is that you can go camping right here in the city! Rainbow Valley Campground is at the base of the Snow Valley ski hill, so it’s close to beautiful nature trails that make you forget you’re in the city, and has access to the Snow Valley Aerial Park. There are lots of spots just outside of Edmonton that are close by too. You could bring a tent to Elk Island National Park and enjoy hiking and stargazing, go tipi camping at Elk Island Retreat, or camp at the Pembina River Campground and then go floating down the river!

Attractions
There are tons of cool places to visit for the day in Edmonton, and whether you’re from out of town or a long-time Edmontonian, they’re all lots of fun to check out. You could visit North America's largest shopping mall, explore history at Fort Edmonton Park, learn something new at the Telus World of Science, enjoy plants from all sorts of ecosystems at the Muttart Conservatory, visit the animals at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, or see what’s on display at the Art Gallery of Alberta (admission is free on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and always free for youth aged 0-17 and Albertan students over the age of 18)!

Enjoy your summer in Edmonton! If you’re looking for more ideas, check out the Explore Edmonton website. They have lots of great ideas and have even put together elaborate itineraries to fill your days with city adventure!

Happy exploring!

Emily

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