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    Anyone have any hidden gems outside of the usual Hawrelak Park's etc? Would prefer to avoid crowds.

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    Government House park below the Royal Alberta Museum have awesome spots above the trees.

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    The north LRT line to Nait I hear is a quiet area. Certainly no crowds
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    the strip of park at the east end of riverdale has some lovely picnic spots off of the path that are easy to get to by bike ot there is transit and street parking on 87th street. there are some picnic tables. they are small spaces in the river valley canopy so they won't have a lot of direct sunshine but they are quiet. further north towards the dawson bridge there are some benches on the trail that overlook the river and if you continue north of the dawson bridge/rowland road there is a larger picnic pavilion building and more open space right in kinnaird park on the west side of the river across from the riverside golf course (the two locations that should have been proposed for expo).
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    East end of Emily Murphy Park. Government Hill Park. Picnic areas just north of Mill Creek Pool
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    Thanks everyone, great suggestions

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    MacKinnon Ravine is another good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moahunter View Post
    MacKinnon Ravine is another good one.
    Maybe along the river and closer to Government House Park. The ravine itself these days is growing back quite a bit of the trees/bushes that were cut down 30 years ago, and there's not really a lot of picnic space in it any longer. The trail is also extremely well used, so you'd be sitting only a few feet from large number of people whizzing by on bikes, rollerblades and the like.

    I'd agree with Ken, there's some nice spots North of the river past the Dawson Bridge that are nice and quiet. Not nearly as much foot/bike traffic on the paths there. The Legislature grounds are great as well, although they can get pretty busy on a nice day.

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    Borden park seemed pretty large and well built for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel Petrin View Post
    Maybe along the river and closer to Government House Park. The ravine itself these days is growing back quite a bit of the trees/bushes that were cut down 30 years ago, and there's not really a lot of picnic space in it any longer. The trail is also extremely well used, so you'd be sitting only a few feet from large number of people whizzing by on bikes, rollerblades and the like.
    Oh, just read thing about privacy, true. Another really nice one, but not so central, is down near the zoo. You basically drive past the zoo and there's are various picnic areas not far from baseball field (not the other side, which is dog park). That one is amazing in fall.

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    Yeah, Laurier Park is very nice. But also extremely busy on nice days. Past the dog park and foot bridge North there's lots of walking/bike trails and the occasional clearing that would be a bit more secluded.

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    My wife and I are big on picnics.

    My favourite urban picnic -- Caboto park. Pick up the cold cuts, bread, and cheese at Italian centre and you're good to go.

    Otherwise -- Anywhere in the River Valley? Some nice spots in Mill Creek Ravine that are nice and quiet.

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    Yeah, Mill Creek Ravine has some good spots. There's a bench up on a hill overlooking the creek:

    https://goo.gl/maps/r0e0h

    They also have some secluded spots throughout the ravine. I love exploring the various trails (and bridges) down there.
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    There are a few nice picnic spots in Louise McKinney park as well including a few picnic tables in the trees providing a cool respite on a warm day with nice views of the river.

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    Really appreciate everyone's input - Gord I actually took my pooch for a walk at your suggested spot, really nice.

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    Has anyone else noticed sewer odor from Mill Creek or is it just me.

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    Yeah it got worse after they installed an expensive fume remediation system.
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    I even smell it driving across the bridge on Whyte . They should locate the source or breach and repair or reroute. About two weeks ago I was scouting the pool and a picnic area for a place to take sonny boy and his mom one day and it was so strong I had second thoughts about returning.
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    Here is a link to the facility that is at 94th st and Whhte Ave, just on the SE corner of the bridge approach.

    http://www.edmonton.ca/city_governme...wer-odour.aspx

    "From time to time, there have been minor complaints from nearby residents about the facility’s performance. The cause of the problems have been identified and rectified."
    Judging by my nose when I am cycling along Mill Creek or on Whyte Ave. I believe the quote above as much as I believe that the Metro Line problems are solved.
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    It's probably that the city of Edmonton installed this filter and has neglected to change/clean/replace the filter... in other words, standard operating procedure
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    ^^

    Thanks for the link Edmonton PRT.

    But it seems way out of date.

    It summarizes work done from 2002 - 2005.

    Top_Dawg's south side pad is near the west side of the bridge.

    And Top_Dawg remembers there was major work being done at the east end of the bridge during 2013 - 2014.

    What was that all about ?

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