William Hawrelak Park, Edmonton

4.6
#3 of 21 in Parks in Edmonton
Visit William Hawrelak Park for a tranquil retreat to nature. Sitting in a river valley, the green fields stretch out over 68 hectares (168 acres), providing a sense of peaceful seclusion even in the city's most popular park. Meander your way around the lake trail and pick a leafy spot to relax at one of the many picnic sites. Bring your own food to barbecue alongside excellent views; then, depending on the season, you can rent a paddleboat or ice skates to get onto the lake for some fun. The park's amphitheater attracts many festivals and shows throughout the year. Onsite facilities include indoor restrooms and food concessions in the main pavilion. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Edmonton holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the William Hawrelak Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • What’s more Canadian than skating on an outdoor rink? Not much! Beautiful landscapes to view as you skate across a frozen lake. If you bring your own skates it’s absolutely free. However, rentals are ...  more »
  • Beautiful park, wonderful lake, plenty of space to host your weekend bbq social or to get lost alone with nature on weekday afternoons. Ice castles in Winter are another draw that is on my wish list t...  more »
  • We had a lovely walk around the lake. Lots of birds to enjoy. We take our dog for a long walk around the park to the dog park across the river. Lots of other dogs to enjoy.... Very people friendly pla...  more »
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  • Super fun. nice park to visit. There are lots of picnic tables and fire pits. You can go paddle boating on the lake. It is tons of fun to explore and play in. There is even a secret pit hidden in the park!
  • Beautiful Park with many recreational opportunities free of charge, including picnic and firepit areas (some need to be reserved). Bike and walking trails, skating in the winter and many festivals. Several Pokemon stops and gyms.
  • You wouldn't even know you're in a city when you spend time here. A spacious park with room for all kinds of activities. Definitely worth a visit in the summer!
  • Very nice beautiful park. Great for walks and picnics. Find the secret pit hidden in the park!
  • A beautiful park on the River North saskatchewan. One can enjoy picnic with family and friends. Every year there is a competition of ice castle 🏰 making during winter. Good place for outdoor activities and for morning walk.

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For access to the best entertainment options and proximity to the North Saskatchewan River and the parks surrounding it, you can't beat Downtown's accommodations. Look near the intersection of Jasper Avenue and 100 Street NW--you'll be right next to Central metro station and just a few minutes' walk from the riverside park. If you're after nightlife and cafe culture, look south of the river in Strathcona, or in the neighboring student hub of Garneau. You can also choose from a large selection of accommodations farther out in West Edmonton.
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