Reservations for a picnic site can be completed through the online reservation system on edmonton.ca/picnics. When picnic site bookings are open, requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Beginning May 28, 2021, responsible alcohol consumption will be permitted at 47 picnic sites across 7 parks in the river valley as a pilot project that will run until October 11, 2021. Park sites include both bookable and “first-come, first-served” sites. Previous to this, alcohol consumption was not permitted in parks without a festival and event licence.
Adults may consume alcohol safety and responsibly from 11am to 9pm daily at designated picnic sites with posted signage permitting consumption.
Alcohol consumption is still not permitted at picnic sites in those parks that are not part of the pilot project. The only exception is for activities that have a festival and event licence.
Our city’s parks and river valley are extremely valuable to each and every Edmontonian. Please respect the peace of others around you, ensure you leave the site in good condition and drink responsibly. 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).
No, there will not be additional charges for a picnic where alcohol is consumed.
Sites are first-come, first-served. Thirty-three non-bookable sites have been identified for alcohol consumption in 7 parks.
There is a wide range in the capacity of each site. The largest sites are the bookable ones, which may have capacities up to 100 people. The non-bookable sites are smaller and may have 1-3 picnic tables. Regardless of picnic site size, park users must still adhere to COVID-19 gathering size limits.
In alignment with the regulations outlined in the Province’s Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, only picnic sites are eligible for alcohol consumption. Exceptions to this are only when special permits have been granted from the Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC).
The River Valley was selected for the pilot due to the existing presence of enforcement and operational teams, which allows the pilot to be managed within existing budgets.
Picnic sites that permit alcohol consumption meet our guiding principles around safety, accessibility, visitor experience, honouring existing park users and inclusivity.
For violations to City of Edmonton bylaws (Parkland Bylaw 2202, Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw 13145 and Public Places Bylaw 14614) and the Province’s Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act please call 311. For criminal matters, please contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 (non-emergency complaint line) or if an emergency, call 911.
The City of Edmonton’s enforcement officers will focus on addressing behavioural concerns such as the protection of parkland, fire prevention and ensuring patrons are not disturbing the peace or enjoyment of other persons using the parkland space.
Officers will also ensure patrons are not interfering with the exclusive use of any area granted to another person or group and ensure that alcohol is being consumed in a manner that is in accordance with the City of Edmonton bylaws (Parkland Bylaw 2202, Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw 13145 and Public Places Bylaw 14614) and the Province’s Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act.
Peace Officers will track and monitor all complaints and calls for service. These will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Please call 311.