Nature Walks In and Around YEG
Edmonton has beautiful nature throughout the city. There are many trails available to explore. Nature walks are a great way to take a break, take a breath, get perspective and appreciate nature in a new way. We have complied a list of just some of the walks to try out.
Please remember to maintain social distancing by keeping a 2 metre distance between yourself and others and practicing good hygiene while going on a nature walk. We recommend you check the websites listed for current closures due to COVID-19 restrictions.
- The Birch Tress Trail and River Loop Trail both start from the near The John Janzen Nature Centre and Fort Edmonton Park. Both are short and easy walks. Some steep sections may by a challenge for those with limited mobility. Find the map here
- The City of Edmonton maintains more than 160 kilometres of multi-use trails. To find your way around the river valley trails find the maps for the central, west and east trails here
- The Edmonton and Area Land Trust as secured 12 natural areas in the Edmonton region. Nestled in the southwest of the city you will find Larch Sanctuary. Located in Blackmud Creek Ravine south of 23rd Avenue between the communities of Blue Quill and Magrath Heights. For more information on what you can find here go to https://www.ealt.ca/larch-sanctuary
- Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area is also part of the Edmonton and Area Land Trust and is located in the Devon Dunes Environmentally Significant Area in Parkland Country. It is a 30 km drive from central Edmonton. To find information on a self-guided nature tour here go to https://www.ealt.ca/bunchberry-meadows
- North of Edmonton you will find Riverlot 56 Natural Area. Here you will find upland aspen forests, streambed communities and open meadows. Look for many kinds of wildlife on a self-guided interpretive walking trail. For more information visit https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/central/riverlot-56-na/
- The Sherwood Park Natural Area is east of Edmonton on Range Road 231 between Hwy 14 and Township Road 522. From the parking lot you will find a 2.7 kilometre trail loop that goes through forested areas and willow sedge wetlands. https://www.strathcona.ca/recreation-events/parks-and-trails/sherwood-park-natural-area/
Although we can’t list all the nature walks available in and around the city, we would love to hear what your favourite places to go for a walk are. Let us know so we can explore as well.