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Getting Back Into Nature: What to do Along the Saskatchewan River

Published Jul 22, 2020
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It's time to get back into nature and enjoy the summer with unlimited activities along the River Valley.

We've got five River Valley activities close to our Edmonton apartments, to keep you having fun outdoors this summer.



It's safe to go fishing along the North Saskatchewan River, just remember to remain 6 feet from others. Fish from the shore or in a boat, but remember to follow sportfishing regulations. Try the Go FISH! challenge this summer, and gather new skills while you learn about responsible angling practices.



Stay active and have fun along the River Valley. Take in a round of golf at Victoria Golf Course, Riverside Golf Course, or Rundle Golf Course. Disc Golf, available at Rundle Park, is a fun and challenging alternative to traditional golfing, or check out the River Valley Adventure Co. which offers Segway or scooter rentals and mountain bike rentals


Water activities

You can kayak, canoe or get out on the river in a passenger boat to stay cool and active this summer. Edmonton Canoe is open with canoe or kayak rentals all summer. If you'd prefer to go for a swim to keep cool, check out the Edmonton River Swimmers get together for regular river swims. This is perfect for training as it provides opportunities to swim with a group.


Nature walks

The River Valley is the perfect place for a nature walk. There are two mapped multi-use nature trails near the John Janzen Nature Centre; the 1km Birch Tree Trail and the 3km River Loop Trail. These self-guided tours can take from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on your pace. Along these trails you can expect to see different tree species, animal tracks, some beaver-chewed logs, and tons of birds.



Take a sketch pad to the River valley and draw what you see or take your camera and capture the ever changing landscape. You can also stroll through the Indigenous Art Park ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW). Located at Queen Elizabeth Park, the Art Park is on ancestral lands and features artworks by Canadian Indigenous artists. Take the walk and see the art installation "Telling the stories about this place."