Alberta is an incredible place, especially if you love the outdoors. From the wildlife to the towering trees there’s so much to see year-round, but few destinations are as impressive as the North Saskatchewan River Valley park system in Edmonton.

With over 160 kilometres of maintained pathways, the River Valley is the largest Urban Park in all of Canada and is sometimes referred to as the city’s “Ribbon of Green.”

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Located along the North Saskatchewan River, there are 20 major parks that make up its incredible size – each with something incredible to offer its visitors.

Here, Edmontonians can explore by foot, fatbike, or cross-country ski in the wintertime and can go canoeing, fish or have a picnic in the summertime.

There are also a ton of attractions along the river including the Edmonton Valley Zoo, the Muttart Conservatory and Fort Edmonton Park.

Of course, if you’re an adrenaline seeker and dream of doing something a little more extreme, there are also areas where you can ride off-road on a mountain bike – as long as you stay safe. 


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To get there, take one of the many entry points across the city, one of the most exciting being the 100 Street Funicular, a glass-walled elevator with an incredible view.

With so much space to explore, no two experiences will be quite the same, so lace up, dress warm and enjoy.

Whether you’re hoping to go for a run or just want to observe from afar, the bragging rights are yours, Edmonton.

There’s no place quite like the Edmonton River Valley.

North Saskatchewan River Valley – Edmonton, Alberta

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