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Healthy Beginnings: Outdoor Activities and Fitness in Edmonton

The new year has arrived, and with it, the resolutions that you absolutely intend on keeping. If your new year’s resolution for 2024 is to embrace a healthier and more fit lifestyle, this is the blog for you.

Edmonton offers a plethora of outdoor activities and fitness opportunities for people of all ages and fitness levels. With its breathtaking landscapes, extensive trail systems, and a wide range of recreational facilities, our fair city is a haven for those seeking to embrace the “New Year, New You” of it all by incorporating an active and healthy lifestyle into their current routines.

The Benefits of Outdoor Activities for Physical and Mental Health

Engaging in outdoor activities not only provides a refreshing change of scenery but also brings a multitude of benefits to our physical and mental health. Numerous studies have shown that spending time in nature reduces stress, improves mood, and boosts overall well-being.

Whether it’s taking a leisurely stroll through one of Edmonton’s beautiful parks or participating in adrenaline-pumping winter sports, the outdoors offers a natural and invigorating environment that promotes a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Winter Sports and Activities

Edmonton’s long and snowy winters provide the perfect opportunity to indulge in a variety of exhilarating winter sports and activities. Ice skating, for instance, can be enjoyed at many outdoor rinks throughout the city. From the iconic Victoria Park Oval to the picturesque Rundle Park Iceway, there are plenty of locations to lace up your skates and glide across the ice.

For those seeking a more adventurous winter experience, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter hiking are popular choices. Edmonton boasts an extensive network of trails, such as the River Valley Trail System, which offers breathtaking views of the North Saskatchewan River and the surrounding natural landscapes. Rental options for winter sports gear are widely available, ensuring that everyone can partake in these exhilarating activities regardless of their level of experience.

Edmonton’s Extensive Trail System

One of Edmonton’s greatest assets is its extensive network of trails and pathways, which allow you to explore the city’s stunning natural beauty while engaging in various forms of exercise. The River Valley Trail System, spanning over 160 kilometers, is a paradise for walkers, runners, and cyclists. This interconnected system of trails offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, no matter the season. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll, a snowshoeing adventure, or an intense bike ride, the River Valley Trail System has something for everyone and every fitness level.

But the River Valley Trail System isn’t all we’ve got. Edmonton is home to numerous other trails and pathways that cater to different interests and fitness levels. From the picturesque Mill Creek Ravine to the scenic Terwillegar Park, outdoor enthusiasts are spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring Edmonton’s natural wonders on foot, snowshoe, cross-country skis, or bike.

Parks and Green Spaces for Active Living

Edmonton boasts a wealth of parks and green spaces where individuals can engage in a variety of outdoor activities. Whether you’re looking for a perfect spot for a picnic, an open field for a game of frisbee or soccer, or a recreational area for a friendly match of tennis or basketball, Edmonton’s parks have it all.

Hawrelak Park, nestled on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, is a beloved destination for outdoor enthusiasts. With its sprawling green spaces, sandy beaches, and serene lake, this park offers endless opportunities for relaxation and recreation. Rundle Park, located in the city’s northeast, features an 18-hole golf course, numerous sports fields, and a beautiful lake where visitors can rent paddle boats and canoes in the summer. Mill Creek Ravine Park, with its winding trails and lush vegetation, provides a tranquil setting for nature lovers to explore and unwind.

Group Fitness and Outdoor Classes

For those who prefer a more structured approach to their fitness routine, Edmonton offers a wide range of group fitness classes and outdoor workouts. Engaging in group exercise not only provides motivation but also fosters a sense of community and camaraderie among participants.

Local fitness groups and classes often use the city’s parks as their outdoor gym, taking advantage of the vast open spaces and fresh air. From yoga and boot camps to Zumba and Pilates, there is a class to suit every interest and fitness level. Whether you’re a beginner looking to try something new or a seasoned fitness enthusiast, joining a group fitness class in one of Edmonton’s picturesque parks is a fantastic way to stay active and connected with like-minded individuals.

Here are some group fitness and outdoor classes available in Edmonton:

  • Zumba Fitness: Dance your way to fitness with Zumba classes offered at various community centers in Edmonton. Find a Zumba Class near you.
  • Cycling Club: Join a cycling club in Edmonton and explore the city’s bike paths and trails. Connect with other cycling enthusiasts and find more information here: Edmonton Bicycle and Touring Club
  • Outdoor Bootcamp: Participate in outdoor bootcamp classes that combine cardio, strength, and endurance training. Check out the schedule and locations here: Outdoor Bootcamp
  • Pilates in the Park: Strengthen your core and improve flexibility with Pilates classes held in various parks in Edmonton. Find more information and register here: Pilates in the Park. Be sure to check out their winter programming as well.
  • Outdoor Running Group: Join a community of runners and participate in outdoor group runs in Edmonton. Discover different routes and clubs and connect with fellow runners on RunGuides.

    Please note that availability and schedules may vary, so it’s best to check the respective websites for the most up-to-date information.

Family-Friendly Outdoor Adventures

Edmonton is a city that values family and encourages parents and children to embrace an active lifestyle together. With its abundance of playgrounds, splash parks, and green spaces, there are endless opportunities for families to bond and have fun outdoors.

Playgrounds, such as the iconic Kinsmen Park Playground and the whimsical Castle Downs Park, offer a safe and exciting environment for children to explore and burn off some energy. Family bike rides along the River Valley Trail System are a popular activity, allowing parents and children to enjoy the beauty of nature while staying active. Instilling a love for outdoor activities in children from a young age sets the foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Tips for Staying Safe and Prepared During Outdoor Activities in Edmonton

As with any outdoor activity, safety should always be a top priority. When engaging in outdoor activities in Edmonton, you should always be prepared and take precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Dress appropriately for the weather and layer your clothing to stay warm during colder months.
  2. Stay hydrated by carrying a water bottle and drinking plenty of fluids, even during winter activities.
  3. Check weather conditions and trail reports before heading out, and be aware of any potential hazards.
  4. Carry a first aid kit, a map or GPS device, and a fully charged cell phone for emergencies.
  5. Let someone know your plans and expected return time, especially if you’re venturing into less populated areas.
  6. Respect wildlife and follow trail etiquette to preserve the natural habitats and ensure the safety of both humans and animals.

Other Wellness Activities and Resources in Edmonton

In addition to its outdoor activities and fitness opportunities, Edmonton also provides various wellness activities and resources to support individuals in their pursuit of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Yoga and meditation studios abound, offering classes and workshops for practitioners of all levels. Spa retreats and wellness centers provide a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation, offering a range of services from massages to holistic therapies.

Edmonton is also home to numerous wellness events and workshops, covering topics such as nutrition, mindfulness, and stress management. These events foster a sense of community and provide valuable knowledge and resources for those seeking to enhance their overall well-being.

Fun and Unique Things to Do in Edmonton for a Healthy and Active Lifestyle

Embracing a healthy and active lifestyle doesn’t have to be limited to traditional exercise and wellness activities. Edmonton offers a plethora of fun and unique things to do that promote physical fitness and mental well-being.

Why not try your hand at axe throwing, a thrilling and unconventional sport that has gained popularity in recent years? Or embark on a challenging ropes course adventure, testing your strength and agility high above the ground? For those seeking a more serene experience, stand-up paddleboarding on the North Saskatchewan River provides a peaceful and scenic way to stay active while enjoying the beauty of nature.

Edmonton’s outdoor activities and fitness scene offer a wealth of opportunities for individuals to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Whether you’re exploring the extensive trail systems, participating in group fitness classes, or enjoying family-friendly adventures, Edmonton provides a multitude of options to suit every interest and fitness level. So get those New Year’s Resolutions off on the right foot this year, and don’t forget, if you’re visiting Edmonton to get your fitness on, book your stay through Edmonton’s Best Hotels. You can get up to $225 in rewards with our 1, 2, 3 Reward Deal!

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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.

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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:

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

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  • $75 Gas card and $75 MasterCard, or
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Book three night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of four reward packages excluding blackout dates:

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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