Spring is in the Air: Blossoming Botanical Gardens and Parks in Edmonton

As the chill of winter melts away, Edmonton transforms into a kaleidoscope of colours and scents, welcoming the arrival of spring with open arms. It’s a time when nature awakens from its slumber, painting the city with vibrant hues and filling the air with the sweet fragrance of blossoms.

Edmonton has a wealth of incredible botanical gardens, including the Muttart Conservatory and the University of Alberta Botanic Garden. There is also a huge list of sprawling parks and green spaces where you can enjoy some fresh air, snap some photographs, have a picnic, and engage in many more family-friendly activities.

Muttart Conservatory

The Muttart Conservatory features themed displays of flowers and plants that transport visitors to botanical realms beyond imagination. From exotic orchids to fragrant lilies, the conservatory’s four glass, climate-regulated pyramids offer a sensory experience on any day. Three of the famed pyramids are home to unique flora found around the world and chosen specifically for their pyramid climate (arid, temperate, or tropical).

The Conservatory is also home to a myriad of ever-changing fun exhibits like:

  • Giants in the Mist, a combination of plants and dinosaurs, on until March 10th
  • Sail into Spring, a unique experience that celebrates the beauty of spring from March 16th to April 28th

Whether you’re a seasoned botanist or simply seeking inspiration, the conservatory’s captivating displays are sure to delight visitors of all ages.

University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Situated on the grounds of the University of Alberta, the University of Alberta Botanic Garden (formerly known as the Devonian Botanic Gardens), is a haven of tranquility and biodiversity.

Home to an impressive array of gardens, including the Indigenous Garden and the Tropical Greenhouse, this botanical oasis offers a glimpse into the wonders of nature from around the globe.

As spring unfolds, the garden comes alive with bursts of color and fragrance, inviting visitors to explore its verdant landscapes and discover the beauty of sustainable living.

Breathtaking Parks and Gardens

Beyond Edmonton’s botanical attractions lie a plethora of parks and gardens waiting to be explored. Enjoy green spaces and trails like:

Each destination offers a unique opportunity to reconnect with nature and revel in the splendour of spring. As the city awakens to the sights and sounds of the season, colourful flowers and blossoms adorn every corner, creating a picturesque backdrop for outdoor adventures and strolls.

Cherry Blossom Viewing

With warmer weather on the horizon, everyone is itching to get outside and enjoy some time in nature with loved ones. So, why not plan a springtime activity to enjoy the cherry blossoms?

Known for their delicate beauty and stunning pink, white, and red petals, these iconic trees are known to captivate visitors. From the enchanting Cherry Blossom Festival at the University of Alberta to the serene pathways of William Hawrelak Park, taking an afternoon (or two) to see the cherry blossoms ensures a tranquil experience to offset the hustle and bustle of city life.

Springtime Activities and Picnics

If you’re a local, you’re no stranger to the dreary gloominess of winter. So with spring finally headed our way, make a plan to enjoy some outdoor activities and picnics in Edmonton’s parks and gardens!

Whether you’re birdwatching along the riverbanks or enjoying a leisurely bike ride through the botanical trails, there’s no shortage of ways to immerse yourself in the season’s beauty. Pack a picnic basket with your favourite treats, gather your loved ones, and get ready for a springtime adventure that’s sure to create lasting memories.

Family-Friendly Fun and Events

Springtime in Edmonton is synonymous with family-friendly fun and events that cater to visitors of all ages.

From Easter Egg Hunts at the U of A Botanic Garden to spring festivals celebrating local culture and heritage, there’s always something exciting happening in the city. With a myriad of interactive exhibits, workshops, and activities, these events offer a perfect opportunity for children and families to explore and connect with nature.

Photography Opportunities and Tips

Capture the magic of spring with stunning photographs of Edmonton’s botanical gardens and parks. Regardless of your experience behind (or in front) the camera, there’s no shortage of inspiration to be found amidst the blooming landscapes.

Remember to bring your camera, pack your creativity, and set out on a photography adventure you’ll definitely want to look back on.

Get Outside to Enjoy Spring in Edmonton

As spring unfolds its petals and paints the city in rich hues, Edmonton’s botanical gardens and parks offer a sanctuary of natural beauty and tranquillity. Whether you’re seeking inspiration, relaxation, or simply a moment of respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life, these enchanting destinations beckon you to embrace the season and immerse yourself in nature’s blooming beauty.

Plus, remember to book your stay through Edmonton’s Best Hotels to experience the magic of spring in Edmonton and earn up to $225 in rewards with our 1, 2, 3 Reward Deal.

Whether you’re a seasoned arts enthusiast or someone discovering the magic of the arts for the first time, SkirtsAFire 2024 offers an unforgettable experience. So mark your calendars, immerse yourself in the captivating performances, and join us in celebrating the immense talent and contributions of women in the arts. Together, let’s create a more inclusive and vibrant arts community in Edmonton.

If you’re visiting Edmonton for this year’s SkirtsAFire, or just want to stay close to the action, book your hotel through Edmonton’s Best Hotels to take advantage of our 1, 2, 3 Reward Deal and get up to $225 in rewards.

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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. 

Reservations

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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