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7 Adventure-Packed Edmonton Day Trips Perfect For Your July Long Weekend

And chances to win $10,000 with Pepsi!

Everyone loves a long weekend, but nothing beats a long weekend in the summer. Beach days, bonfires and day trips are among the many things Canadians can look forward to, and in Edmonton, there are tons of ways to kick back, forget about work and make the most of that extra day off.

Alberta's well-known for its stunning natural views (hello, Rockies), and there are plenty of options for Edmonton locals to live it up this July long weekend at home. With Pepsi®'s Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest, you might get to upgrade your summer with awesome prizes — think new bikes, barbecue grills, paddleboards, backpacks and even weekly prizes of $10,000.

Get ready to make this long weekend count, and if you happen to bring a Pepsi cola with you on your adventures, don't forget to look for codes on specially marked Pepsi products for your chance to level up your summer.

Hike To A Stunning Waterfall At Hard Luck Canyon

Price: Free

Address: 125A Range Rd., Woodlands County, AB

Why You Need To Go: Alberta has some of the best scenery, and Hard Luck Canyon doesn't disappoint. After an easy five-minute hike, you'll arrive at a staircase that takes you down to a gorgeous canyon bed and waterfall. For hot summer days (like the July long weekend usually is), Hard Luck Canyon is a great spot to play in the water, grab a few cute pics and cool off.

Plus, if you happen to win one of Pepsi's backpacks as part of their summer contest, you'll easily be able to carry snacks and water with you to the Canyon — or on any other hikes you decide to take this summer.

Enjoy A Picnic At The University Of Alberta's Botanical Gardens

Price: Starting at $125 + tax

Address: 51227 AB-60, Parkland County, AB

Why You Need To Go: The University of Alberta's Botanic Gardens is a stunning place featuring a rainbow of floral species. For the summer, you can book ahead for the twilight picnic experience where you can stroll through the grounds, take in the beautiful sights and relax with a picnic for you and your partner (or BFF).

This picnic experience for two includes a gourmet picnic box, live entertainment and garden games for your amusement. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and halal picnic boxes are available. Advance booking is essential.

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Go On A Taste-Test Tour At Some Of Edmonton's Finest Breweries

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Price: Various

Address: Various

Why You Need To Go: If there's one thing Alberta does well, it's brewing delicious beers and ciders that are loved across Canada. If a brewery tour gets your mouth watering, you can list out all the places you want to stop by, and enjoy a drink on the patio.

While you can't yet sit down for a flight at Bent Stick Brewing, they are open for takeaway sales. Other locations to check out are Alley Kat Brewing Company, Blind Enthusiasm, Odd Company Brewing, Sea Change Brewing Co., and Town Square Brewing Co.

Tip: Spread your must-try destinations out over the weekend to ensure you're enjoying responsibly.

Bask In The Sun At Pigeon Lake Beach

Price: Free

Address: Wetaskiwin County, AB

Why You Need To Go: Pigeon Lake is just five minutes away from The Village at Pigeon Lake. This adorable town has tons of boutique shops, little restaurants and the friendliest people. If you happen to stay overnight for the long weekend, there's a hotel in The Village, but make sure you book ahead as summertime gets busy.

At the beach, you can soak up all of the Alberta sun on the sand, then cool off in the water with a swim or paddleboard. Don't own a paddleboard? With Pepsi's contest, there's an opportunity to win one of your very own.

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Visit Furry Friends At The Valley Zoo

Price: From $14.95

Address: 13315 Buena Vista Rd., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: Who doesn't love furry friends? Animals never fail to bring smiles to faces, which is why visiting some on the July long weekend is a perfect way to separate from work for a while.

Home to more than 350 animals and focused on conservation, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is one of Edmonton's premier attractions.

Make sure you book your tickets ahead of time as capacity is smaller due to COVID-19 restrictions. The park is safely marked with directional arrows for walking as well.

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Experience One Of Canada's Largest Indoor Botanical Conservatories

Price: From $14.95

Address: 9626 96A St., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: Plant lovers will adore the Muttart Conservatory. Featuring more than 700 species of plants in three climate-regulated biomes — arid, temperate and tropical — there's so much to see that it'll keep you occupied for hours (which is unsurprising for one of Canada's largest indoor botanical gardens).

At this time, the gardens are open but you must purchase tickets ahead of time. You can book tickets online for a scheduled visit.

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Hit Up The Alberta Rockies Through Canmore

Price: Varies

Address: Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for a two- or three-day trip, consider a visit to the Rockies. Canmore is the gateway to these mountains. While it may be a six-hour drive from Edmonton, there are plenty of charming places you can stay to make your long weekend something to remember.

With beautiful scenery, clear blue lakes and tons of wildlife, you'll understand why the Rockies are such a popular destination. Just remember to follow all COVID-19 guidelines before heading out on your adventure.

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Now that you have seven ways to live it up this July long weekend, don't forget that Pepsi wants to make your long weekend even better. When you pick up specially marked Pepsi Products, make sure to enter the codes in the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest.

By entering on the contest website, you'll have the chance to upgrade your summer with instant prizes like barbecue grills, backpacks, hats, bicycles and t-shirts. And, of course, the chance to win $10,000 every week.

To learn more about Pepsi's Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest, check out the contest website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.

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.