Beginning May 1, 2022, responsible alcohol consumption will be permitted at 124 picnic sites across 18 parks as part of an expanded pilot project that will run until October 10, 2022. This is the second year a pilot program has permitted alcohol consumption at designated picnic sites. For 2022, the pilot project will also include some parks outside of the river valley.

Adults may consume alcohol safely and responsibly from 11am to 9pm daily at designated picnic sites.  Park sites include both bookable and “first-come, first-served” sites. 

As per the Government of Alberta’s regulations, the pilot is limited only to designated picnic sites.  To be clear, those consuming alcohol are not permitted to walk around the park with their alcoholic drinks. You will know you are in a designated site if a sign is present. Alcohol consumption is still not permitted at parks and picnic sites that are not part of the pilot project.

Our city’s parks and river valley are extremely valuable to each and every Edmontonian. Please respect the peace of others around you, drink responsibly and ensure you leave the site in good condition. Please follow all regulations set out in the Province’s Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act and the City of Edmonton’s bylaws (Parkland Bylaw 2202, Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw 13145 and Public Places Bylaw 14614).


This year, signs will be installed directly onto picnic tables at designated “first-come, first-served” picnic sites that are part of the pilot program.

This sign will appear at non-bookable picnic site locations that permit alcohol consumption.

At bookable picnic sites that are part of the pilot program, signage will be on posts, similar to last year.

Alcohol is permitted at this picnic site signage