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Get Outdoors & Explore Summer in St. Albert

Reconnect with nature and find your next outdoor adventure in St. Albert. Our wide-open spaces and breathtaking trails allow for plenty of room to explore, spread out and connect with your inner adventurer.
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Today is the day to lace-up those sneakers, charge up the camera and get outside!

Whether you're planning a family fun day away or a staycation there are many outdoor adventures to choose from.

Take a walk or bike ride through the Red Willow Trail on a nice summer day. Grab the kids, the dog or just your spouse. With 99.5 kilometres of recreational trails, the Red Willow Trail system offers endless opportunities to explore new paths and parts of the city as it winds through major parks and neighbourhoods. Stop off at the Visitor Welcome Centre (71 St. Albert Trail) and pick up a copy of the trails map and spend all year exploring the different routes.

Spend a peaceful morning birdwatching at Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park. If you’re looking for wildlife, this is also the place to be. The John E. Poole Interpretive Boardwalk includes trails, boardwalks, a picnic area and interpretive signage to teach you all about the ecosystem.

Pack the swimsuits, towels and a picnic and spend the afternoon in the water at Woodlands Water Play Park. The park is divided into three sections that are geared towards different age groups. There are over 20 spray features, including a super splash bucket that holds and releases 50 gallons of water. Enjoy fun in the sun at Grosvenor Outdoor Pool as well. This outdoor facility hosts a large leisure pool and deep-diving tank for those wanting to stay cool while keeping active in the summer. Spend the day relaxing on the pool deck and enjoying snacks and beverages from the Splash Deck Café.

Kayak or canoe enthusiasts can take a paddle down the Sturgeon River. However, if pickleball is more your scene there are many specialized courts to choose from throughout the city to play this large-scale version of ping pong.

Don’t want to leave Fido at home? Pack up the whole family and visit an off-leash dog park with your favourite furry friend.  Here you can let them feel the wind in their fur as they make new friends. Just don’t forget the leash and extra poop bags. The city also boasts many off-leash areas (including outdoor rinks) for you to take advantage of.

A trip to St. Albert wouldn’t be complete without taking a closer look at the many pieces of public art located throughout the city. Check out the Art in Public Places page before you make the trip and plan out which pieces you’d like to see in person. How many selfies can you take?

We hope to see you soon as you explore St. Albert this summer!

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