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Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation gives students an opportunity to explore Alberta through various trips and adventures. All of our trips are affordable, high-quality and inclusive programs offered throughout the year for students, staff, alumni and community members.

Outdoor Recreation Programs allow participants to enjoy the various outdoor adventures found in and around Edmonton, including the North Saskatchewan River Valley, Elk Island National Park, Snow Valley and Marmot Basin Ski Resort, among others.

All of our Outdoor Programs are designed with the beginner adventurer in mind, but are also catered to the intermediate and advanced outdoor enthusiasts. With so many trips offered September through June, there really is something for EVERYONE!


Canoe Trip – Devon to Emily Murphy Park
The scenery from Devon to Edmonton will include the natural park setting of the North Saskatchewan River valley; chances to see moose, deer, beaver and other common wildlife will be abundant along the route. 


elk canoe photoCanoe Trip – Elk Island
Elk Island National Park is home to herds of free roaming plains bison, wood bison, moose, deer, and elk. Also boasting over 250 species of birds, the park is a bird watcher's paradise. In the summer there is no more peaceful way to view the wildlife of Elk Island National Park then to paddle one of the lakes.


Canoe Trip – Emily Murphy to Capilano Park
Enjoy a scenic and leisurely paddle down the North Saskatchewan River from Emily Murphy Park near the University of Alberta North Campus to Capilano Park. This trip takes place only once, during the Fall Term.


Canoe Trip – Overnight Trip
Students will see many points of interest, wildlife, and their habitat, as well as experience what it was like to paddle as the voyageurs did during the fur trade era. They will also hear about their hardships, customs, routes, and the canoes in which they paddled and portaged. This trip only takes place during the Fall Term.


snow valley photoSki and Snowboard Trips – Snow Valley
The Ski and Snowboard evenings at Snow Valley are events that all students, staff and their families are welcome to participate in. These trips take place during Fall (November) and Winter (January) Terms.


ski photoSki Trip – Marmot Basin
This day trip will give you the chance to experience one of Alberta's finest ski areas, Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park. With great terrain for beginners, intermediate and expert skiers and snowboarders Marmot Basin has long been a favorite destination for all skiers. This trip takes place only once during the Winter Term in March.


hiking photoHiking Trip – Elk Island National Park
Elk Island National Park wildlife viewing has been ranked 8th in the world by National Geographic. Take the opportunity to get some great wildlife photos, stretch your legs and take in some fresh air by registering for our hiking trip.


Camping – Learn to Camp
The National Park Learn to Camp program is a great introduction to one of Canada's favourite pastimes, camping. This program is intended for people who want to experience the pleasure of camping overnight but just need a helping hand.