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7 Things You Can Do To Kick Off The Start Of Summer In Edmonton

Beat the heat with activities, awesome summer prizes, and the chance to win $10,000!

The days are longer, trees have finally turned green and flowers have bloomed, giving Canadians something other than a white tundra to look at when they step outside. The long winter is finally over and temperatures across the country have begun to soar.

This is the time of the year when Canadians can start to head outdoors for exercise, a picnic or hit the beach for some fun in the sun. Although restrictions will make things a little different this year, there are still plenty of things to do in Edmonton to beat the heat.

Pepsi® is launching the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest offering Canadians a chance to have the best summer ever by giving them an opportunity to win some epic prizes — including bikes, paddleboards and barbecue grills — and the chance to win $10,000 weekly!

So whether you're relaxing on the sand or hitting the trails with a Pepsi cola in hand, you could end up with some awesome prizes to level up your summer fun.

Get Moving Outdoors

Why You Need To Do It: Canadians love to stay active, and now that the summer months have arrived, it's time to get moving outside. Whether you're running, walking, doing yoga or a full HIIT workout, there are outdoor fitness parks available all over Edmonton to enjoy the sun while getting in some activity.

You could head to a fitness-specific park with free equipment- or check out any of the beautiful trails, like Mill Creek Ravine, if that's more your speed. These parks are also the perfect place to hit the trails on some brand-new wheels, that is if you're lucky enough to win a bike in Pepsi's Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest.

Check Out Some Local Art

Why You Need To Do It: There are some incredible pieces of art all over the city of Edmonton that you can safely enjoy this summer with friends or family. Pick up a refreshing drink and wander at your own pace, taking in some of Edmonton's local creative culture while feasting your eyes on some beautiful artwork.

Kick Off The Summer With A BBQ

Why You Need To Do It: What's summertime without a barbecue? There's something so perfect about a warm summer day and meat or veggies sizzling on the grill. It just makes sense. To kick off the summer season, how about hosting an epic barbecue for your household? Grill all of the essentials — burgers, hotdogs, steaks, tofu or whatever you have a craving for — and whip up some tasty sides to share.

And when trying to figure out what to drink, consider sipping on something like a refreshing Pepsi, and you could win a new barbecue grill thanks to the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest.

Reconnect With Nature On A Hike

Why You Need To Go: Summer is the ultimate time to reconnect with nature. Feeling the breeze in your hair, smelling the flowers and hearing the sounds of wild animals is an ideal way to get grounded and reset your mind.

Edmonton has lots of natural beauty to be explored and taking a hike is a great way to do it. North Saskatchewan River Loop Trail is a local favourite that's suitable for the entire family. Or if you're looking for something a little bit more challenging, Mactaggart Sanctuary Path will make you forget that you're in the city.

Go Star Gazing Outside Of The City

Why You Need To Go: Warm summer nights are perfect for gazing at the stars and taking in the vastness of the universe with your significant other or a few socially distanced friends

Elk Island National Park is about half an hour east of Edmonton and with limited light pollution, you'll be able to enjoy the twinkling of the night sky without any interruptions. Plus, if you go while it's still light out, Elk Island National Park is also home to over 200 bird species as well as bison and elk.

Head To A Patio & Support Your Local Businesses

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Why You Need To Do It: There's nothing better than sitting on a patio enjoying a nice cold, refreshing beverage and some tasty appetizers.

Now that it's safe to do so again, hitting the patios in Edmonton this summer is probably near the top of every local's to-do list. With some incredible options to check out, like Rocky Mountain Ice House, Tzin Wine & Tapas and The Glass Monkey.

Hit The Beach For Some Fun In The Sun

Why You Need To Do It: Grab a beach towel, some tasty snacks, SPF, a hat and backpack — you can even win one courtesy of Pepsi — and you're ready for a great day at the beach soaking up the sun and relaxing by the water.

Edmonton has plenty of beaches for locals to choose from including Accidental Beach and Terwillegar Park. If you're willing to drive a little outside the city, Pigeon Lake and Alberta Beach are also fantastic options.

Whether you're stargazing with a loved one or enjoying a refreshing beverage on a patio, hitting the trails for some exercise, there are many things to do in Edmonton this summer to make the most of the heat.

Pepsi is here to make the sunny season the best it can be with the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. Thousands of instant summer prizes are ready to be won including t-shirts, hats, barbecue grills, bikes and much more, and there's even a chance to win $10,000 weekly. Keep an eye out for specially marked Pepsi products with on-package codes to enter for your chance to win this summer.

To learn more about the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff, visit the contest website or check out Pepsi's Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook pages.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.