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Wintery Adventures in Edmonton

Winter is here!

Did you need that reminder? Maybe not, but you might need to be reminded of all the wonderful outdoor adventures you can have in Edmonton during the cold months. This week’s blog is here to the rescue with a short list of our favourite activities to pack those shorter days with tons of fun.

Sunridge Ski Area

About 15 minutes from the heart of downtown, is Sunridge Ski Area.  Don’t let the name fool you, though, skiing is just one of the things you can do there, and our choice is actually tubing.  For $20 per person, you get 2 hours of tubing.  With a lift dedicated to the tubing area, you maximize your time by not having to climb back up the hill every time.  

One of the extra special tubing experiences is the private rental.  If you’ve got family visiting for the holidays, need an activity for a Christmas party, or are hosting a big birthday party, the tubing area is available for private functions on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings.

Feel like some skiing or snowboarding?  The facilities have hills and equipment rentals for these, too, in case you want to mix it up, as well as two terrain parks for practicing tricks.  What more could you want?

Snow Valley

For an alternate skiing & snowboarding venue, that doesn’t feature tubing, Snow Valley is another option.  With ski lifts, equipment rentals and lessons, you’ll have everything available to enjoy a day on the slopes.  

Take a break in the lodge for a snack, visit the Snow Rider gear shop for a tune up or clothing, and hone your tricks at one of the two terrain parks.  It’s a great place to fill a day, evening or a whole weekend with fresh air and exercise.  Conveniently located near Whitemud Drive in the southwest part of the city, it’s a fantastic escape without going far.

River Valley Adventure Co.

Tucked away in the river valley’s Louise McKinney Park is the River Valley Adventure Co.. It’s the place to go for outdoor adventures year-round.  Winter, though, is when you’ll be able to indulge in some of the more exciting and unusual activities.  

Take a fat bike for a ride on the trails (call to get on the wait list), a Segway tour (on a Segway with winter tires because, safety first!) or do a snowshoe tour.  For a holiday-themed activity, the Legislature Lights Segway Tour takes riders to the legislature grounds to see the sparkling seasonal lights.  

Post-tour, take a seat at the Urban Green Café for coffee, cocoa, and a selection of sweet treats to replenish the calories you burned adventuring.

River Valley Overlook

If outdoor adventure means a leisurely walk, then this final option is for you.  Start off at an Edmonton institution, Remedy Café for a hot chocolate or their famous chai latte.  From Remedy (which is located at 105 Street NW and 82 Avenue), head north towards Saskatchewan Drive which is less than a 10 minute walk.

Located on Saskatchewan Drive a little bit west of 105 Street NW is the River Valley Overlook.  From here you can see the entire expanse of downtown, the Walterdale Bridge and the power plant.  This spot is perfectly positioned for Instagram shots, but we recommend living in the moment, for a change, to simply enjoy.  There are a few benches along the park areas of the street where you can sit and take in the experience.  It’s lovely any time of day, but especially nice during late afternoon for a sunset viewing.  

These are just a few of the magical winter adventures in Edmonton and we’ll share more in future blogs. Got some that you recommend? Share with us in the comments.

To get started with some outdoor adventures for yourself, book our River Valley Adventure Deal today. The deal for two includes a 30 minute Segway ride followed by a drink on their outdoor patio and a s’mores kit when you book the deal for a one-night stay, and even more extras when you stay for 2 or 3 nights.

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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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