12 Winter Picnic Sites in Edmonton for Cold Weather Marshmallow Roasts

Just because we’re transitioning into the colder weather, doesn’t mean that we need to change up our activities to indoor fun! Getting outside on those bright and sunny winter days, or even those winter evenings, is easier when you’re keeping warm by the fire.

Bundle up, dress for the weather and head out for a winter picnic. Bring friends, hot beverages, supplies to start a fire, like matches and kindling, and hot dogs or marshmallows with roasting sticks, and you’ve got the winning combination for a fun day out.

Here are the eleven parks with BBQ pits, perfect for hosting a winter marshmallow roast:

  • Capilano Park
  • Coronation Park
  • Emily Murphy Park
  • Gold Bar Park
  • Hermitage Park
  • Jackie Parker Park
  • Rundle Park
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park
  • Victoria Park
  • Whitemud Park
  • William Hawrelak Park

There is even more potential for winter picnics, if you’re willing to venture outside of the city. You can visit Elk Island Park during one of the Snowshoe and Stargaze nights, for a snowshoe across the lake, and hot cocoa and marshmallows served up over a bonfire. Or, find one of the fire pit sites and create your own winter experience.

Want to make your winter picnic a success?

  1. Bring thick wool blankets for benches, and seating during the cold weather. Even when you’re wearing snow pants, the extra layer of a wool blanket on bench seating will help to make that cold weather picnic feel just a little bit warmer.
  2. Choose a park that offers other activities, so you can skate, snowshoe, hike or take part in winter activities and roast marshmallows or lunch, in between.
  3. If you’re planning a winter party, or you want to ensure that a spot is going to be available during your winter activity, there are bookable picnic sites during the winter through the city. These include the sites at: Emily Murphy Park, Rundle Park, William Hawrelak Park and Victoria Park.