Picnics & Promenades: Plan a Perfect Romantic Day


With kids back to school and a summer jam-packed with outdoor adventure behind you, now’s the time to take a breather. Not one with water parks and pizza (you’ve had enough dedicated family time!), but an understated, relaxing retreat for you and your partner. As the weather cools and the leaves start to turn, take advantage of the remaining warm days for some romantic plans. We’ve developed an itinerary of activities for a romantic day. You can also incorporate an overnight stay for more indulgence.

We often think of picnics as primarily a summer activity, but the thought of eating outdoors in the humidity with the sun beating down is likely a deterrent for some. A warm sunny day on the cusp of autumn means you can enjoy the best of summer with more comfortable weather. Even though the main event for a picnic is the food, you don’t have to spend a lot of time coordinating a menu, shopping or packing. Our picnic pick is Sunterra Market.

Sunterra Market located in the Lendrum Shopping Centre is a small gourmet grocery store with impressive catering and meals-to-go offerings.  Choose breakfast, lunch, dinner, even snacks and starters from the hot-to-go menu.  Your items are ready for curbside pick up within 30 minutes after placing the order online and, voila!  Gourmet picnic ready!

Photo Credit: City of Edmonton

After collecting your order at Sunterra Market, head north via 113 Street towards Groat Road to get to your next stop – Hawrelak Park.  Named for Edmonton’s longest serving mayor, William Hawrelak, the park features a large lake, open meadows, plentiful weeping willows, and 37 picnic tables for drop in use.  You can also reserve a picnic site from May through October.  New in 2021, is the Community League Plaza, a covered area on the southeast side of the lake with benches and picnic tables.  The park has so many picturesque spots that you’re sure to find a beautiful place to lounge.

Post-picnic, consider a walk down Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona.  Whyte Avenue between 109 Street and Gateway Boulevard is well-known for local shopping and dining.  Plus it also straddles the neighbourhoods of Strathcona and Garneau where historic houses and buildings abound.  Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, you can go on a history hunt.  The Edmonton Historical Board makes it easy with listings by neighbouhood.

Photo credit: @jennieleaphoto via @madebymarcus

Before wrapping up, loop back around to Made by Marcus.  A new favourite on Whyte Avenue, Made by Marcus is small-batch ice cream shop.  Pop in for a scoop or two of Field Strawberry Buttermilk, Lemon Curd Blueberry, or Malted Chocolate Honeycomb… just some of many regular menu items, or choose a special flavour of the month.  From there, follow Calgary Trail one intersection north to Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park, a small greenspace with a gazebo just down the street from the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market.  Grab a bench and people watch as you enjoy something sweet with your sweetie (too much?  Sorry, couldn’t resist!).

This is just a sampling of the wonderful tastes and sights to consider for a romantic day.  You can also choose a romantic two-night getaway with the Date Night Deal.  It includes dinner for two at the Sorrentino’s Restaurant location of your choice.   Take a look at our selections for hotels near by so that you can enjoy all these itinerary suggestions without too much travel time.

Hotels within 4 kilometers:

Best Western Cedar Park Inn

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Welcome to this inviting hotel situated along major routes in Edmonton, proudly offering superior customer service and enticing accommodations at an affordable price close to Old Strathcona.


Metterra Hotel on Whyte

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This hotel’s elegant and contemporary decor combines the simplistic beauty of natural materials, including wood, water and rock, with sleek custom-designed furnishings and global artifacts.


Campus Tower Suites Hotel

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A premier Edmonton hotel which is nestled in the heart of the Garneau district, minutes to downtown and the Ice District. Discover unique dining and shopping options just a short walk from the hotel.


Terms and Conditions

The “1,2, 3 Pick Your Rewards”, Terms and Conditions and Blackout Dates 

Rewards Program campaign dates

Reward package available to book from January 5, 2022 for stays to December 31, 2024 for rewards except for possible blackout dates. At present there are no blackout dates scheduled.

Rewards are subject to while supplies last.  Substitutions of equivalent kind, value may be made as necessary.  Rewards are non-transferable, no cash value, no cash back.

  • Rewards are non-transferable, non-exchangeable, have no cash value, no cash back.
  • Rewards cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.
  • Reward deal is net non-commissionable.

Blackout dates

At present there are no blackout dates scheduled. 

In the event blackout dates are scheduled, any guest who makes a booking for a hotel stay during the blackout period prior to the blackout period being named will receive the rewards they are booked for. 

Rewards Program offerings

Book one night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of three $50 rewards excluding blackout dates:

  • $50 Gas Card or
  • $50 Prepaid Mastercard, or
  • $50 Ultimate Dining Card

Book two night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of five reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • $150 prepaid MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 Ultimate Dining Card, or

Book three night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of four reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • Three Night Reward 1: $225 Prepaid Mastercard
  • Three Night Reward 3: $75 Ultimate Dining Card + $75 Prepaid Mastercard + $75 Gas Card

One choice of reward per stay. 

Guest must be 18 years of age or older at time of redemption. 

Prepaid Mastercard’s can be used for online purchases only. In Canada, prepaid Mastercard’s cannot be used at any retail outlet (including your hotel) with point-of-sale systems.

Rewards distribution

Rewards will be emailed directly to guests within 48 hours of Edmonton’s Best Hotels confirming their check-in.  Rewards are not provided by the hotel’s front desk.   All rewards are sent electronically. 


Guest must reserve a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival.

Rewards are NOT available for reservations made less than 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Reservations made directly with hotels and not through Edmonton’s Best Hotels are not eligible for rewards. No exceptions. Rewards are only provided to guests who book through Edmonton’s Best Hotels online booking platform.  Booking reservation confirmations will have Edmonton’s Best Hotels branding on them. Rewards not provided for hotel reservations during specified blackout dates.

Reservations cannot be extended by hotels for additional rewards.

Guests may add a night to an existing one-night deal reservation and receive additional rewards if the request is made a minimum of 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Booking terms and conditions

Rewards provided for more than one night, must be for consecutive nights under one registration under one name at one property. In addition, no more than up to three consecutive nights will be honoured. If a guest checks in for three days and then checks out and re-checks in for the next day, this is considered a consecutive night booking even if the second booking is made at different hotel.  

There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Multiple reservations for the same person for the same night(s) is considered a double booking and only one of those bookings will be eligible for rewards. For example, if a guest books two nights on x and y date and then makes another two-night booking for the same dates at the same hotel or another hotel, EBH considers this a double booking and will honour rewards for only one of those bookings. 

Is there a limit on the number of bookings I make on different dates?  Edmonton Best Hotels welcomes repeat business.  Some of our guests visit Edmonton every month.  Please note as stated earlier there must be a minimum of three days between bookings. Please also note stated blackout dates.

Cancelling and date changes to reservations

If a guest wants to cancel or change the dates of their booking.

What if I want to cancel my booking?  Edmonton Best Hotels must cancel your booking (not the hotel).  If you want to cancel, contact info@edmh.ca and let us know.  We will cancel your booking and send you a cancellation number for your records.  Please do not cancel directly with the hotel.

What if I want to change the dates of my booking?  You must contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca and let us know you want to make a date change.  Your original booking must be cancelled first.  You will receive a cancellation number for your records.  Then, you must rebook for your new dates.  The hotel nor Edmonton’s Best Hotels cannot make date changes to the original booking.  Please note this does not guarantee you will receive the same hotel rate when you rebook for different dates.

Any questions, please contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca 

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