Here is how I celebrated 31 Days of Yeg (Edmonton) this year.
July 1 Go for a bike ride and stop for a picnic — bonus points if you try out a tandem bike! (You can rent one from the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society).
July 5 Edmonton was built around a river, so check out the many bridges around the city on foot or by bike — they offer unique views of the city.
July 6 Discover urban beekeepers in Edmonton and learn about the importance of pollination for local food security. To get started, check out: Manasc Isaac, Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Shaw Conference Centre and MacEwan University.
July 7 You don’t have to go to an art gallery or a museum to see art in Edmonton. Get outdoorsand find public art displays all around the city. Need some pointers? The City of Edmonton has a digital version of their collection, and the University of Alberta offers aself-guided public art tour of campus.
July 8 Check out a festival you’ve never been to before. There are so many festivals to choose from this summer that you are bound to find one you have never attended! Bonus if you find an outdoor festival that allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy our beautiful summer weather
July 11 Explore a neighbourhood you’ve never been to before and post about your favourite new discovery.
July 12 Visit Churchill Square over your lunch break – there is always something going on, from festivals to lightsaber training to giant games of chess.
July 14 Take a day trip from Edmonton. Try Elk Island, Pembina, Sylvan Lake, Jurassic Forest, or anywhere else to explore a totally different Alberta just a short distance away from the city.
July 16 Listen to some local Edmonton tunes. Tip: Edmonton’s newest music venue, The Needle, has an after work “happy hour” featuring local musicians.
July 17 Move one of your typically indoor activities outside. For example, do yoga or have a picnic in a nearby park.
July 20 We have the benefit of an open, prairie sky that boasts colorful sunsets, clear starry nights (both the Telus World of Science and the U of A observatory can facilitate views) and epic thunder and lightning storms. Spend some time looking up this summer, and share a photo of your view.
July 26 Cool off by playing in the fountains outside the Legislature building or the pool outside City Hall.
July 27 Eat some local food you’ve been meaning to try – So many new restaurants and food trucks have opened recently, plus we have great pizza in this city and it is definitely the season for a good gelato.
July 28 Explore Edmonton as if you are a tourist in a new city — try going with someone who is visiting or new to Edmonton, or write your own travel-style review of the city.
July 31 Visit a local brewery, take a tour and taste a variety of beers. Try: Yellowhead, Alley Kat or Situation Brewing. Alternatively, local restaurants often have cask nights in partnership with local breweries.
How did you celebrate summer this year?