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William Hawrelak Park, Edmonton

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#3 of 20 in Parks in 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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  • Lots of vendors from around the world who serve up their interesting food for you to sample. Pros: - Variety of food to choose from - Nice location as long as weather permits - Good transit shuttles t...  more »
  • This has been a favorite park of mine since I was a young girl- what i dont like is how much they charge for the paddle boat rides but that said you do get a good half hour to paddle on the "lake" . L...  more »
  • This is one of the beautiful park of Edmonton. A huge picnic areas for families. In the summer a great place for picnic and relaxing on a lawn chair. In the winter time a great place for ice skating. ...  more »
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  • Family friendly park. Good place for running. Too manicured not enough native plants or natural space.
  • 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.
  • Hawrelak park's best quality is that it makes you forget that you are in Edmonton. The main area of the park is surrounded by a huge green wall of trees which insulates you from the brutalist architecture and traffic noise of the city. Unfortunately, there is a ring road where the usual lifted trucks and harleys will blast though and disturb the tranquil nature of the park. Overall, the park is a great place to spend the day, but if you are wary of crowds, go to one of the smaller and more unpopular parks. The heritage festival is a bust, however. Rather than a unique look at different cultures, it has turned into a outdoor mall where you can observe different ethnicities commodify themselves in order to make a quick buck.

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