Ideas to remain active outdoors
Outdoor activity ideas are endless! We live in a 4-season province and therefore, can enjoy a huge variety of outdoor activities. Here are a few ideas:
City of Edmonton River Valley Programs
City of Edmonton Green Shack Program
City of Edmonton Travelling Playground
City of Edmonton Activities Map includes locations for canoeing, biking, cross country skiing, outdoor skills, orienteering, archery and more.
The November Project November Project™ is a FREE fitness movement that was born in Boston as a way to stay in shape during cold New England months. Now offered in Edmonton and lead by Edmonton Oilers Captain, Andrew Ference, the movement is using a simple sense of accountability to motivate and encourage people of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels to get out of their beds and get moving. Members vary from Olympic medalists, professional athletes, marathoners, triathletes, current and former collegiate athletes all the way to complete fitness rookies and recent couch potatoes just looking to kickstart their healthy life choices.
Move is a free weekly exercise program that provides the opportunity for Edmontonians to be physically active along side a family physician and a kinesiologist. Move meets every Wednesday at the south east parking lot of Hawrelak Park at 1:00 to 2:30 pm. For more information, please visit: www.moveyeg.ca
St. Albert offers many outdoor opportunities; see the listing on their Recreation & Parks webpage.
Stony Plain has an abundance of outdoor opportunities; see their Parks & Trail website.
Healthy Hearts has a searchable listing and provides information on activities offered in Leduc and area.
The Devon Public Library hosts Walk & Talk on Wednesdays at 5pm. Please see the Devon Public Library website for more information.
The City of Calgary has over 8,000 hectares of parkland, as well as 800km of pathways for citizens to enjoy! Check out the City of Calgary Parks & Activity Highlights
Our region has an abundance of walking tails that are maintained year round. Check out our Walking page for links to local trails.
Off-leash Dog Parks:
Don't forget about Fido! Taking your dog to any of our local dog parks provides exercise for both of you. Remember to follow the rules and guidelines at all off-leash parks.
There are over 40 off-leash sites in Edmonton. Check out this map for locations.
Leduc has 2 off-leash dog parks. Maps can be found here.
Strathcona County offers the Deermound Dog off-leash site.
Town of Beaumont neighbourhood dog off-leash area and the Town of Devon has created a new fenced-in area for off-leash use at the corner of Miquelon Avenue and Michigan Street.
St. Albert offers Lacombe Lake Dog-Friendly Park.
Fort Saskatchewan offers an off-leash park located close to the recycling station. Click here for the map.
Gardening is one of the most popular activities amongst Canadian adults and recent studies show that it provides the recommended amount of physical activity required to maintain and improve health. If you don't have access to a garden, there are over 80 Community Gardens throughout the Edmonton area for rent at reasonable prices.
Geocaching is a popular outdoor activity and can be enjoyed alone or by the whole family. Participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) to find and hide containers (geocashes) anywhere in the world, like a big treasure hunt! For more information, see the Geocaching.com website.
You don't need a seperate GPS unit to take part; there are many free local geocashing applications (apps) for download on your smartphone.