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Nature and Recreation

Edmonton River Valley: Nature in the middle of the city. North America's largest urban park stretches along Edmonton's river valley, encompassing 7,340 hectares. Residents and visitors enjoy year-round access to more than 200 kilometres of trails for walking, jogging, bike riding, picnicking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Edmonton Queen Riverboat: The Edmonton Queen Riverboat offers a unique experience, a relaxing atmosphere, and one of the most picturesque views of our beautiful river valley and city.

Golf:  With about 85 golf courses within an hour drive of downtown (40 within city limits), golfers can find plenty of courses to meet any level of interests and skills. Several public courses are in the river valley, easily accessible from downtown.

John Janzen Nature Centre: In the heart of Edmonton's River Valley, the John Janzen Nature Centre is a focus for programs, events, exhibits and information to help raise awareness and understanding of nature in an urban setting. In addition to interactive exhibits, there are also two self-guided interpretive nature trails.

Kayaking/Canoeing:  The North Saskatchewan River, running right through the city, is popular for canoeing and kayaking. Many organizations rent canoes and kayaks.

Kinsmen Sports Centre: This sports facility, across the river from downtown Edmonton, features world-class amenities including an aquatic area, indoor track, fitness centre, fieldhouse, fitness program rooms, basketball, badminton, tennis and volleyball courts.

Muttart Conservatory: Four spectacular glass pyramids can be found at the Muttart Conservatory – from a jungle setting to a desert oasis see the wonders of the plant world.

Elk Island National Park: Established in 1906, Elk Island Park is Canada's first federal wildlife sanctuary for large mammals. Less than an hour from Edmonton, it is home to large herds of plains bison, wood bison, deer, elk, moose, and a variety of smaller mammals (including beavers) along with some 230 bird species. The Living Waters Boardwalk is a favourite activity for children. Nature walks and camping are other popular family activities.

University of Alberta's Devonian Botanic Garden: West of Edmonton, the Devonian Botanic Garden consists of 80 acres of display gardens and 110 acres of natural areas. It is Canada's most northerly botanic garden. Special features include the Kurimoto Japanese Garden, an extensive alpine garden, a native people's garden, a sensory and healing garden and much more.

Valley Zoo: Located in Edmonton's River Valley Park System, the Valley Zoo, established in 1959, is home to more than 100 exotic, endangered and native species.

Walking Tours: Get a peek at some of Edmonton’s most historic buildings and landmarks along with the best places to find art, entertainment, dining and recreation in downtown Edmonton. Interpretive walks are also available for other areas of Edmonton, including Oliver and funky Old Strathcona. Or tour the campus of the beautiful University of Alberta.