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William Hawrelak Park, Edmonton

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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. Arrange to visit William Hawrelak Park and other attractions in Edmonton using our Edmonton trip itinerary planner.
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  • Very nice park located along the river valley accessible all year round. The park offers a large deal of green space around a pond. The large number of geese that take up residence on the pond make it...  more »
  • Gorgeous park to watch around in the summer and skate in the winter. Great place for a picnic. Would definitely recommend a walk here and through the river valley.  more »
  • I've been to this park a few time and it really is a oasis in the middle of the city. Beautiful area and lots to explore. Was there today and a large portion the the park was fenced off. I'm not sure ...  more »
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  • The 68-hectare park with a lake offers covered picnic sites, an amphitheater & hiking/biking trails. William Hawrelak Park is a park in Edmonton, Alberta. It is named after former mayor William Hawrelak, and was formerly known as Mayfair Park. Good place family and group of people for outdoor activities. Ice Castle in deep winter and other multicultural activities are going all around the year. Hawrelak Park has 5 sites available for reservation and 23 picnic tables that can be used on a first come first served basis.
  • It was neat to see the ice formations. Definitely something to see. The line up to the slide was too long, need to move the kids faster some how. The price to enter was a bit high, even $2-3 dollars cheaper would have been a better price for what you get/saw. I have gone last year and this year and at that price I won't go again. If you charge that much you need something more for the kids, going down the slide more than once, a cave or maze or something.
  • Our group of 9 of varied ages (from 3 yrs to adult) enjoyed the ice castle. The structure was beautiful and the entry was smooth and well organized. Going for the 3:30 or 4 pm entry is perfect b/c you get sunset and the view of lights in the castle walls. The kids enjoyed the slide and it was well operated safety wise. Negatives: it took too long to get the warming fires lit and the warm beverage stand was very busy. The slide line was too long but I think that was b/c they only had one of two runs operating on the first day.
  • A Winter Castle in Edmonton I arrived at the Ice Castle on opening night. This was the second time they built it in Edmonton but last year was so warm that it must have been a challenge. Warmth is not a problem this year. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The castle is clearly designed with families and children in mind but there are opportunities for photographers too. Unfortunately they say that tripods are not allowed. I really don't see why as it's hard to get a good photo without a tripod. Hopefully they will reconsider that rule so people like me don't have to break the rules. I think the castle is something to do once but I would consider it again if they change it significantly. This is definitely something that most people should see once.
  • Castles made from ice were awesome. Good family fun and got some great photos Suggestions for improvement 1. Make more slides for kids 2. Make some safe and fun ice climbing walls 3. Create more activities around the ice Looking is great but some kind of action activity would help