A Nature Lover's Guide to Parks Near Symphony Tower

Edmonton is home to some of the most beautiful and luscious green spaces and parks, including many located in the downtown area surrounding Symphony Tower and the Legislature Grounds

We’ve put together a guide to some of the best parks in the area for nature lovers to explore!

Irene Parlby Park

Located just blocks east of Symphony Tower along the river valley, Irene Parlby Park is a place of serenity, offering small gardens, shade trees, and bench spots. There are no picnic tables or barbecue spots in this green space; it is more for those looking for a quiet spot to read, reflect, or enjoy some off-beat walking paths through the thick foliage. Choose your favourite spot to sit and take in the flowing river, or follow the paved trails all the way to the new, awe-inspiring Walterdale Bridge.

Louise McKinney Park

Louise McKinney Park is located south of the Shaw Conference Centre and is the gateway to the river valley’s various trail systems. The park is known for its 500-metre unobstructed river view and its stunning views of both the river valley and its adjacent green spaces.

Enjoy bike trails, events at the Shumka Stage, the Chinese Garden, and plenty of open space to enjoy any recreational activity you can imagine.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park, located west of Symphony Tower and the Legislature Grounds, is home to an enormous amount of beautiful, tree-lined green space, as well as the City’s central public golf course.

There are spaces available for baseball, horseshoes, and cricket, among other activities. In the winter, skating and snowshoeing are available, as well as cross-country skiing. There are oodles of picnic spots adjacent to River Valley Road and the beautiful riverbank.

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William Hawrelak Park

Located west of Symphony Tower and on the south side of the river is Hawrelak Park, famous for its annual festivals, endless green spaces and trails, and the Royal Mayfair Golf Club. 68 acres of land in the park is host to a lake, amphitheatre, a community league plaza, a café and licensed lakeside patio, and plenty of winter activities such as skating and cross-country skiing.

Emily Murphy Park

Take a quick walk north from Hawrelak Park to find the beautiful and versatile Emily Murphy Park. In the summer, access the boat launch for a day on the water, or in the winter enjoy a fantastic toboggan hill. Forest Capital Trail infamously connects Kinsmen Park to Emily Murphy Park. Take the kids to the playground or enjoy picnic sites with stunning river views.

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Alberta Legislature Grounds

Directly adjacent to Symphony Tower is the beautiful 57-acre Legislature Grounds area. The provincial park is immaculately maintained, offering plenty of open green spaces, treed areas, several floral gardens, and the well-known wading pool adjacent to the Legislature Building. In the winter, the foliage is glittering with festive lighting. 

Government House Park

Located just west of Victoria Park on the north side of the river is Government House Park. Nestled at the base of Groat Road, the park offers spectacular toboggan hills, picnic areas, and enjoy various running and cycling trails connecting this park to others along the river valley.

Kinsmen Park

On the south side of the river, adjacent to the new Walterdale Bridge is Kinsmen Park, home to plenty of picnic sites, a playground, sports fields, a water spray park, a baseball diamond, and various recreational trails for walking, cycling, jogging, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Queen Elizabeth outdoor pool is nearby, offering a great space to cool off in the hot summer months.

The downtown river valley surrounding Symphony Tower has endless green spaces and parks, connected by a variety of trail systems. No matter what type of activity you enjoy, there is a park or trail to accommodate your every need. The beauty of the river valley is spectacular at all times of the year, offering a quality of life for both outdoor sports enthusiasts and those looking for quieter spaces to enjoy the outdoors.

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