25 date concepts for this summer season in Edmonton

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Make your next date really memorable and exciting by trying one of these summer date ideas. There’s so much to do in Edmonton in the summer that there are date options for all types of couples: the adventurous types; the outdoor types; those who want or need to relax; or those looking for extra romance.

You have the option to plan your summer dates around various local festivals and events such as Taste of Edmonton, Heritage Days or the Whyte Avenue Art Walk. Or you can get out of town to spend a night in a glamping tent, enjoy a day at the beach, or spend an afternoon in nature.


Take your significant other in the water and relax in the sun or see parts of Alberta from a whole new perspective. North Saskatchewan is a great place to paddle on a calm day, but if the water level is too high for a paddle, you can also head to the nearby Elk Island National Park, where you can rent, or you can head to the much smaller Pembina River near Entwistle.


Beach day

You have to drive outside of Edmonton to have a good day at the beach, but you don’t have to drive far. Within two hours there are beautiful lakes that surround the city in all directions. Set off in the morning, pack a picnic, and make the day worth the drive. The provincial park beaches have numerous picnic areas with fire pits, and Sylvan Lake Beach borders a busy main street with ice cream parlors, restaurants, and hotels.

U of A Botanic Garden Twilight Picnic

Watch the sunset with your special someone in the beautiful University of Alberta Botanical Garden. The gardens are a wonderful place for a leisurely stroll, but they can also organize your own garden picnic to enjoy on the premises.

Address: 51227 AB-60, Fichtenhain, Germany

Pitch & Putt

  • Go on a date with a little healthy contest! There are two pitch-and-putt courses in the capital region where you can treat your date to an afternoon of golf. These courses are a great way to learn or are perfect for those who don’t normally play golf but are looking for something fun.
  • Kinsmen Pitch & Putt, 9100 Walterdale Hill NW
  • Putting horse ranch, 53312 Range Rd 272, Fichtenhain

Rural culinary tours

Some of Alberta’s fantastic dining experiences can be found just outside the bigger cities. Support the smaller local economy this summer by taking a day trip to rural Alberta to find new cafes, pubs, bistros, bakeries, and more. In addition to eating together, you can drive the picturesque country roads together and see new sights. Start small by eating in our surrounding counties like Leduc, Parkland, sturgeon, or Strathcona.

Snow Valley Aerial Park

The Aerial Park in the Snow Valley is back for another year and is taller, wider and contains more obstacles. Climb to the top together and enjoy a breathtaking view of the gorge and a terrace at the very top of the structure. There is more to do after your climb, such as the Whitemud Creek Mining Company excavations and the Target Gulf from Snow Valley.

Address: 13204 Rainbow Valley Road NW, Edmonton

Muttart Conservatory

The wait is over! We can now freely move between the wildflowers and plants of the Muttart Conservatory. You can come here on a sunny or rainy summer day and take photos and spend the day exploring inside and outside the Muttart. Buy your tickets in advance to reserve your seat.

Address: 9626 96a St NW, Edmonton

Outdoor pools

The City of Edmonton happily announced in June that three city baths are sure to open this summer. You can cool off together, enjoy the sun and relax in the shade with an ice cream. Book your spot in advance in either the Oliver Pool, the Fred Boardstock Outdoor Pool, or the Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool.

Leisure bookings

  • Oliver Pool: 10315 119 St NW, Edmonton
  • Fred Boardstock Outdoor Pool: 15720 105 Ave NW, Edmonton
  • Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool: 9170 Walterdale Hill NW, Edmonton

Explore the new old Strathcona

There are many new parts of Whyte Avenue and Old Strathcona to hop off this summer and see how the recently renovated Strathcona Hotel, the 2021 Pride crosswalks, expanded pedestrian zones and new storefronts. There is a wide variety of dining and shopping options in the area, so you can spend the whole day here.

Rural murals

Alberta’s culture, history and the many stories that make up this province are just a short drive from home. Take a day trip to Stony Plain, Lacombe or Legal and take part in some or all of the local mural walks. This is a great opportunity to see the historical or significant parts of each city.

Fort Edmonton Park

The wait for this second Edmonton attraction is over! If you’re both history buffs or wondering what? Fort Edmonton if it’s all about, there is no better time to visit than this year. The park was recently renovated. Even if you’ve been here before, there are still new features in the fort.

Address: 10205 100 Ave NW, Edmonton

Lunch in the market

There are a couple of very large ones Farmers and open air markets in the capital region, where it is easy for you to decide on something to eat. Instead of agreeing on a place to eat, go to a local market where everyone can try their own food from a huge variety.

Heritage Festival

With the return of a more normal summer, some of Edmonton’s best festivals come like Heritage Days in Hawrelak Park. You can enjoy a quick bite of all kinds of food or spend the day learning about different cultures in the tents in the park.

Address: Hawrelak Park – 9330 Groat Rd. NW

Dates: July 31st – August 2nd

Romantic glamping

Take your loved one on an incredibly romantic getaway just a short drive outside the city limits. There are two nearby companies that offer the glamping experience with either a tipi, tent or geodome. Elk Island Retreat lies east of the city in the national park while Urban Island River Adventure takes you to glamping on the North Saskatchewan River. Enhance your experience even further by adding a romantic meal or a bottle of sparkling wine.

Northern Saskatchewan raft tour

The River Valley Adventure Company takes your date on the sidewalks and riverside walks; From here, see the best views of downtown Edmonton and the river valley as you learn a new skill. The Segways take a little practice, but your guide will spend the first 20 minutes teaching you how to operate a Segway. Then you are gone!

Address: 9731 Grierson Hill NW, Edmonton

Roof terraces

Dinner or lunch appointments become very special when the surroundings are just right and the food is right for you Rooftop is a great way to make it special. You and your partner (or blind date!) Can enjoy the brand new and beautiful terrace at CRAFT Downtown or head to Old Strathcona, where you can relax on the historic sidewalks and alleys and enjoy the public art or downtown views.

Whyte Avenue art walk

The Whyte Avenue District is decorated with some incredible pieces from some incredible local artists all summer long. You have the opportunity to take a stroll through the old Army & Navy department store every summer weekend until August 11th. And once you’re here, you can stay for dinner too. There are several restaurants on the same corner as the old A&N.

Dates: June 11th – August 1st

Nature hike

Slow down things a bit on your next date and get out into nature for the day. While the city extensive river valley paths You can also take a short drive out of town to check out Enjoy a quiet stroll, wildlife viewing, or a quiet spot to watch the sun go down.

  • Wagner Nature Area, 30531 118 Ave NW, Acheson
  • Cooking Lake-Blackfoot PRA, 210 52365 Range Rd, Sherwood Park
  • Devon River Valley: Devon Lions Campground – 1140 Saskatchewan Ave E, Devon

Taste of Edmonton

Another festival returns this summer: Downtown’s: Taste of Edmonton. Food trucks come from all over Edmonton to serve you a sample of their best or favorite dishes. It’s a great way to try all kinds of food, enjoy Sir Winston Churchill Square, and another excuse to go downtown and eat!

Address: Sir Winston Churchill Square

Dates: July 22nd – August 1st

Edmonton Fringe Festival

The Fringe Festival doesn’t release details on 2021 yet, but keep an eye on the website and social media for the latest updates. The International Fringe Fest is hosted by Edmonton’s Fringe Theater and is a globally recognized event. It’s a great date night and a great opportunity to see the latest from Edmonton’s cast.

Picnic in the city

Edmonton has an overwhelming number of great picnic spots. To find your perfect spot, visit the Edmonton City website and book in advance or find a place where you can legally enjoy a bottle of wine or champagne together (assuming you don’t drive home afterwards). Not all city parks require a reservation, however, so it can be an impromptu date. And don’t worry about the food These Edmonton restaurants have picnic baskets to take away!

Capture a sunset

All you need for a great Edmonton sunset is an elevated spot, possibly over the river that faces west. And happiness for you and your date There are tons of these places all over the city.

  • Floden Park (4209 111 Ave. NW) is a quaint spot with one of Edmonton’s famous river swings; Views include downtown and the river.
  • Keillor Point (7433 Saskatchewan Dr. NW) is one of the most unique viewpoints in Edmonton, offering breathtaking river valleys and park views of West Edmonton.
  • Queen Elizabeth Hill (Queen Elizabeth Park Rd.) At Walterdale Bridge is one of Edmonton’s newest views and the hill faces northwest so you can watch the sun set over the entire west side of the city.

Brewery tour

If you’ve bonded over your love for beer, or craft beer specifically, then you might love taking a brewery tour together. There’s a couple in Edmonton who offer a tour of their facilities, training on their processes, and of course, tastings along the way!

live music

Along with many other fun things to come back this summer is live music. And live music of all varieties and genres. Some shows you can attend together this summer are:

Cycling in the river valley

Cycling through the river valley and its extensive network of paved paths can take you from the east side to the west side of the city. This also means your date can begin in any of the several parks that follow the river. And these trails connect to multiple Edmonton neighborhoods, so you can even branch off to see more of Edmonton.

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