A Perfect Blend of City Life and Nature
Edmonton is home to some of the best street festivals in the country and has a lot to see, including Fort Edmonton and West Edmonton Mall. You could make a holiday out of visiting just West Edmonton Mall. Between the extensive list of stores, the World Waterpark, Galaxyland, and indoor stating rink, there is always something to do at this mall. You can spend an afternoon strolling through the pyramidal biomes botanical gardens at the Muttart Conservatory.
River ValleyStart by picking up your RV right in Edmonton and heading to the Rainbow Valley Campground. A great location, right in the city with easy access to the gorgeous parks and trails of the River Valley.
The River Valley is a special network of trails winding through the heart of the city along the North Saskatchewan River. Check out the central map to see the 160km of cycling and walking trails, 20 major parks, and boat launches. Go for a stroll or rent a bike and take in the beautiful scenery and catch a glimpse of wildlife. Head to the John Janzen Nature centre and go on a self-guided 4km walk through interpretive nature trails. However you choose to experience this gorgeous area, don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars.
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Soak up the city excitement by heading right downtown to the Sir Winston Churchill Square. Grab lunch from a variety of vendors and take in the art on the Happy Wall, the daily activities from 11 am-1 pm, street performers, people watching, and shopping. Check out the EPCOR Waterfall meant to represent the northern lights, the formal gardens, and the Centennial Pavilion to shop.
Edmonton Street Markets
Before getting out of the hubbub of the downtown action, hit one on the many street markets happening almost daily. Check out the Edmonton Farmer’s Market Guide for a full schedule of all the local markets. Held on Thursday evening or Sunday during the day, the 124 Grand Market is a great place to catch live music, street performers, food trucks and local growers, bakers, and makers. A great spot to buy some picnic essentials and to stock up your RV with goodies for the rest of the trip.
Elk Island National Park
Ready to get back to nature, pack up the RV and head 36 minutes west out of Edmonton to the Elk Island National Park. With over a century of participation in bison conservation, take in the amazing wildlife viewing, including elk, and over 250 bird species.
Hike through the 80 kilometres of trails in Elk Island National Park. You may even get to see elk, whitetail deer, moose, coyotes, beavers, or one of over 200 bird species that make this park their home. This park is best known for their help in bringing the bison back from near extinction. You can see both Plains and Wood bison grazing in their natural habitat.
Astotin Lake Campground
Settle in for a night (or three ☺) at the beautiful Astotin Lake campground. This campground, overlooking a picturesque marsh, is the perfect place to spend the days at the beach or just relax and take in the wilderness experience. Make sure you catch the remarkable sunsets and get ready for an evening of spectacular stargazing. If you’re lucky maybe you will catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis.
Continue to relax or adventure the next couple of days away with the 80km of hiking trails. Try your hand at geocaching with 8 geocaches located around the park. These caches range from half-hour treks to half-day adventures. Take a stroll on the lake view trail built-in 1930. You can also rent a paddleboat or stand up paddleboard to get out on the water. Check out the many recreation sites and picnic areas, including the Tawayik Lake Rec Area, to have lunch at a picnicker’s paradise. Take in the breathtaking scenery of the lakes and islands of this amazing National Park.
Tips on Getting the Best Deal on an Edmonton RV Rental
If you are going to spend some time in Edmonton, you will want to get a cheap RV rental for your vacation. Here are a couple of tips to get you the cheapest RV rental possible:
- book early, the earlier you book your RV rental, usually the less you are going to pay per night.
- be flexible in RV size, smaller does not always mean cheaper.
- be flexible on dates. If you can leave a day earlier or a day later you may save some money. Use the quote program to check out other dates for cheaper nightly rates.
Book your RV now and gear up for a perfect blend of city and nature experience as you explore Edmonton.