William Hawrelak Park, Edmonton

4.6
#2 of 20 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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  • October 2, 2017
    Great place all year! If you plan to do a picnic lunch on the grass watch where you step or sit, the Canada Geese have invaded the lake as well as the grass, Too bad an effort is not made to make the ...  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    We bring the kids here often during the warm months. The kids love feeding the hundreds of geese, and we enjoy watching them burn energy. Great spot to just walk  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    Beautiful Park. Lots of walking trails. Great location for Fise could use some more seating to watch the event. Would love to come back another time.  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    Family friendly park. Good place for running. Too manicured not enough native plants or natural space.
  • March 24, 2017
    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.
  • January 4, 2017
    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.
  • January 6, 2017
    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.
  • June 19, 2017
    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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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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