Warm weather activities for those new to Edmonton

There are tons of to-do lists for tourist attractions in Edmonton, but not too many lists of things to do for new Edmontonians. If you’ve recently moved to the capital city, here are a few things to do to during the warmer months to acquaint yourself with your new city like a local. [Image credit: iStock.com/&@169 indykb]

Old Strathcona Farmers Market

10310 83 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5C3

What better way to get to know the locals than to buy produce and food from local farmers, bakers and artisans? Open year-round on Saturdays, this indoor marketplace is packed with 130 vendors hawking everything from fresh hummus and homemade perogies to gluten-free treats and handmade jewellery. Buy some crispy green onion cakes and sip on organic coffee while you take a leisurely stroll around. Edmonton and surrounding area also has many other outdoor markets worth checking out, too.

William Hawrelak Park

9330, Groat Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2A8

This park is located in the heart of Edmonton’s river valley. With green space galore, walking and biking trails and a small lake with paddle boats, it’s the perfect place to relax. Pack a picnic, bring a Frisbee and your comfy walking shoes and enjoy our sunny, warm weather while it lasts. The park gets busy on weekends, so go on a weekday if you want to avoid crowds.

Princess Theatre

10337 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z9

The Princess Theatre on Whyte Avenue is the oldest standing movie theatre in town. Built in 1915, it comes with plenty of architectural charm, from the vaulted ceilings to the balcony seating. Focusing on independent movies and documentaries, the Princess offers something different than your mainstream theatre. After your movie, walk along Whyte Ave and take in the sights. Also, check out the Garneau Theatre for more indie movies.

Commonwealth Stadium

11000 Stadium Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 4E2

When it’s not hockey season, go cheer on the Edmonton Eskimos, our community-owned CFL team. If you want to bring your whole family and avoid the rowdies, there’s a Family Huddle section that is general admission and alcohol-free. You can purchase single game tickets at Save-On Foods.

Rapid Fire Theatre Society

9828 101A Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3C6

Whether you’re a fan of improv theatre or not, you’ll have a good time at any of the Rapid Fire shows. The award-winning group is internationally-renowned for their wackiness, quick-wit and talent. RFT’s popularity means they have outgrown their former theatre at Varscona and are now headquartered at the Citadel Theatre. Check out their Improvaganza festival in June for a taste of comedy.

Mill Creek (Outdoor) Swimming Pool

8200 95a St, Edmonton, AB

A summer in Edmonton is not complete without at least one trip to an outdoor pool. Mill Creek Outdoor Pool has picnic tables, concession stands, a sun deck and a slide for the whole family to enjoy. Like a little oasis in the city, the pool is surrounded by trees. It gets pretty busy on weekends, so try to go on a weekday.

Art Gallery Of Alberta

2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1

With its shimmering glass and steel exterior, the AGA holds thousands of art pieces and is home to numerous workshops, tours, Zinc restaurant and even yoga classes. For the adults, there are Late Night Wednesdays complete with artsy cocktails; for kids there is the Tour for Tots. There’s also free admission night the last Thursday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Afterwards, cross the street to check out what’s happening in Churchill Square.

So many nights are whiled away at the same local watering hole. You share some drinks and laughs and repeat, week after week. If you want to shake up your routine and have a memorable night out with your friends sans alcohol, check out this list of fun things to do around Edmonton. [Image credit: iStock.com/sanjeri]
Getting in shape is more fun if you have a partner to share the pain and sweat. If hitting the gym just isn’t your thing, here are a few ideas on fun classes to take together, or places to drop-in to get fit, in and around Edmonton. [Image credit: iStock.com/BraunS]
For history buffs and anyone interested in learning about the past, Edmonton is home to many museums, some you’ve probably never heard of. While we all know and love the Royal Alberta Museum, you may be pleasantly surprised by what these lesser-known museums in Edmonton have to offer. [Image credit: iStock.com/wwing]
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