Edmonton has a reputation to uphold. Its river valleys and parkland are one of the largest in North America. You could literally see two new parks every day of the year and not run out. But when the sun is shining bright outdoors, you'll want to hide out at Edmonton parks that have tons of shady trees. 

According to Edmonton Tourism, the city's expansive parkland on the River Valley is about 21.7 times larger than that of Central Park in New York. We know, it's hard to wrap your head around. 

Whether you like walking, biking, playing with your dogs, going on picnics, or just napping under a tree, it's safe to say that Edmonton's parks have got you covered. 

Outside of the parks located in or near the River Valley, Edmonton's also home to so many beloved neighbourhood parks. Some host Shakespeare theatre events every summer whereas others turn into massive ice skating rinks in the winter. 

Although Edmonton is a brutally cold place for much of the year, it is prone to some extreme heat during the summer. That's when you need to find a unique, shady, and cool spot in to post up for the afternoon. 

We've gone through the extensive list of parks (875 of them!) and found you the prettiest parks where you can get your shade on. 

Victoria Park

Address: 12030 River Valley Rd. N.W., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: This park is the place to be if you want to be up close to the North Saskatchewan River. It also leads to a number of trails and pathways along River Valley Road. 

Rundle Park

Address: 2909 113 Ave. N.W., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: As another iconic river valley spot, this park offers everything from adorable picnic spots to a few rounds of golf nearby. It's the ultimate summer day. 

Sir Wilfred Laurier Park

Address: 13221 Buena Vista Rd. N.W., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: This westside park just started up a boat launch, so you can explore an entire river by canoe if you want to make the most of your outing. 

Mill Creek Ravine Park

Address: 8323 95A St. N.W., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: Locals will know that this is the best park in the city for becoming one with nature. It's also near Whyte Ave., which has the city's cutest cafes and restaurants, so you know where to get your snacks post-hangout. 

Callingwood Park

Address: 17740 69 Ave. N.W., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: Complete with a library, an off-leash site, a Pavillion, and spray and skate parks, this park has more than enough to keep you entertained if you want to venture out from your shady spot. 

Whitemud Park

Address: 13204 Fox Dr. N.W., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: This park will be perfect for you if you're a fan of farm settings. Just steps away from the Equine Centre, you can find so many exciting trails in this area. 

Buena Vista Park

Address: 13210 Buena Vista Rd. N.W., Edmonton, AN

Why You Need To Go: Right next to Wilfred Laurier, this park is made up of some very well-maintained trails that will take you through the heart of the river valley. It's also a hotspot among Edmonton's cutest doggos. 

William Hawrelak Park 

Address: 9330 Groat Rd., N.W., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: This park isn't just a massive space of land that'll fulfill all your outdoor goals this summer — it's also home to Edmonton's biggest festivals. From Heritage Day to Shakespeare in the Park, having a fun day out at this park is a summer tradition for locals. 

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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