My goal for this summer is to explore Edmonton. Do things I’ve never done. See places I’ve never seen. Edmonton is full of hidden gems that I have simply overlooked in the 13+ years since I have lived here.
This summer that will change.
Last Sunday, we don’t call it Sunday Funday for no reason MVK told me he had planned out something for us to do that afternoon. Awesome. But first, food. It was a glorious day in YEG, I’m talking patio weather, and we were looking to brunch it up so naturally we went to Whyte Avenue. Jenna had been raving to me about Meat and they had a brunch menu so we decided to give it a go. I am a terrible person and before I could snap a photo of our meal we had eaten it…. oops. Sorry! It was good, in my opinion the lunch is way better than their breakfast. The garlic fries are the true winner though. After we were fully satiated off we went to our next adventure.
Louise Mckinney Riverfront Park. This is a park that I have walked by hundreds of times as my cousin lives just down the block. With the exception of a few carnivals and more recently Red Bull’s Crashed Ice, I haven’t actually spent too much time exploring the trails. This park is stunning, with a sweeping view of the North Saskatchewan River. Nestled down near the river is River Valley Adventure Company.
This place is amazing and I am kicking myself for not knowing about it earlier. They do bicycle rentals, segway tour and rentals, snowshoe rentals as well as sports equipment. They also have a cafe that sells salads, sandwiches, gelato and coffees. MVK had called ahead to reserve us a couple of bikes for the afternoon, I do recommend calling in advance because their bikes are very popular! The bike rental is 10 dollars per hour, or 50 dollars per day and includes a helmet. Safety first. The quality of bikes is amazing. Our original plan was to bike to Hawrelak Park, but we got lost and ended up cycling along the river for 20 kms. If you have a free day do this. We are already planning our next cycling adventure!
What are you favourite ways to enjoy summer in YEG? Let me know in the comments below!