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While there are many things we can’t do during a pandemic, there are a lot of things we still can do to make each day a little bit brighter. Here you can find a variety of ideas for activities you can continue to enjoy, while keeping yourself and your family safe.

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Staying Safe

Stay 2 Metres Safe

Understand the benefits of physical distancing. 

Source: Alberta Health Services

Consider the ABTraceTogether App

ABTraceTogether is a mobile contact tracing app from the Government of Alberta that helps to let you know if you've been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you've exposed others – while protecting your privacy. If it’s right for you, consider using this app.

Download ABTraceTogether App

Reach Out if You Need Help

If you are experiencing family violence, help is still available even if you have COVID-19 or are in isolation. There are also Community and Non-Profit Supports for Edmontonians to help you access a wide range of public social services to address other issues.

Wearing a Mask

Thinking of wearing a mask? Check out our interview with the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Edmonton region about how to safely wear a mask and whether it may be of benefit to you.

There are also Provincial guidelines available to help you understand when and how to use one.

Planning Outdoor Activities

Enjoying the outdoors is a great way to stay active and mentally well. Review Provincial Guidelines on Outdoor Activities as part of your planning to ensure you stay safe.

 

Connecting with and Supporting your Community

Join or Start a Community Garden

Starting a community garden, or participating in one is a great way to bring residents and communities together. Learn more about the City’s pop-up community garden pilot project and how to get involved.

Community Garden Pilot Project

Donate

Contribute to Edmonton's pandemic relief and recovery efforts via Edmonton Gives. The site offers connection points to the social agency partners that work on the front lines of our community.

Edmonton Gives

Be a Connector

Become a Block Connector by joining Abundant Community Edmonton or chat with your fellow neighbours on a virtual message board.

Help Your Neighbours

Create and drop off an 'I can help' postcard to your neighbours in your community, or connect them with Community and Non-Profit Supports for Edmontonians.

Create a Window Art Gallery

Create a sign for the front window or door of your home with a positive message for your neighbours.

Staying Active and Healthy

Be a Local Tourist

Add adventure to your summer plans by playing tourist in Edmonton. The City has launched a digital map, DiscoverYEG, to help find off-leash dog areas, playgrounds, public washrooms, river valley trails, local restaurants, bike routes and more.

DiscoverYEG

Try an Online Fitness Class

City of Edmonton recreation centres might be closed, but did you know your favourite fitness instructors are hosting virtual classes and programming online now? Join in at your convenience and keep moving. 

Virtual Classes

Explore the River Valley Trails

Edmonton has more than 160 kilometres of maintained multi-use trails that are beautiful this time of year. Go for a leisurely stroll, enjoy a bike ride or inline skate through Edmonton's beautiful river valley.

Trails and Pathways

Play a Round of Golf

City golf courses are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and stay active. Victoria and Riverside are now open. Create an account on MoveLearnPlay.edmonton.ca to book a tee time.

Book a Golf Tee Time

Visit an Off-Leash Dog Park

Off-leash dog parks are now open to enjoy responsibly by adhering to physical distancing guidelines.

Dog Off-Leash Areas

Live Active

Share how you are staying active online with #LiveActiveYeg and check out these active stories for new ideas.

#LiveActiveYeg

Read about some innovative ways Edmontonians are staying active while distant.

Family Friendly Activities

The Edmonton Valley Zoo is now open with new safety measures and guidelines. Come visit safely and please obey public health orders and guidelines.

Tickets are not available at the gate and are being sold online only. Members and Pass Holders must also book tickets online in advance.

Buy Tickets / Book Timed Entry 

Learn about City Hall Virtually

In a new child-friendly video series, City Hall School teacher Linda Hut and student reporters interview City employees and politicians about how municipal government works and how you can get involved. New content will be added daily to a playlist on the City’s YouTube channel. 

Get Kids Cooking

Bringing your kids into the kitchen fosters creativity, encourages them to use their senses and learn about where food comes from, and is a great way to spend time together as a family. Join dietitian Andrea in making this healthy delicious snack.

Host a Backyard BBQ

Warm summer weekends are a great opportunity to reconnect with family and friends outdoors.

  • Remember, keep your guest list to no more than 50 people, and stay 2 metres apart, particularly those who are not from the same household.
  • Don’t share food, serving utensils and condiment containers, and choose backyard fun that doesn’t involve different people touching the same sports equipment.
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces like armrests, gate latches and patio railings. 

Enjoy EPL from Home

Learn a new language, read an eBook, listen to an eAudiobook, get crafty, stream an award-winning movie and more for FREE with your EPL card.

Visit EPL from Home to get started.

Visit City Parks

Edmonton parks are blooming and open for residents to enjoy. Please enjoy responsibly by adhering to physical distancing guidelines. And always clean your hands using soap and water or sanitizer after you touch any surface. 

Visit City Parks and River Valley

Visit the Royal Alberta Museum 

Rediscover the Royal Alberta Museum when it reopens with limited capacity Saturday, May 16. Tickets must be purchased ahead of your visit.

Purchase Tickets

Create an Art Walk

Sidewalk chalk art is a great way to spend time outside and create beautiful sights for your neighbourhood.

Do you have a favourite Edmonton building, bridge or locale? Draw it on your sidewalk and take a photo and share it with us on Facebook. We'd love to see your work! 

Roast Marshmallows

Connect with your family around a backyard fire pit or have a backyard barbecue.

Shop Local

Visit a Farmers' Market

Local Farmers' markets are opening across the city with some new capacity limits. Enjoy the outdoors while picking up some locally grown greens and prepared foods. There are provincial guidelines in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at farmers markets. 

See Who’s Open for Business

As Edmonton’s businesses begin to reopen safely and in stages, consider supporting local goods and services. Things that are Open in Edmonton is a great resource to discover which businesses are currently open as the Edmonton economy relaunches.

Things that are Open in Edmonton

Start Your Home Improvement Project

With warm weather and additional hours of sunlight, now is a great time to get started on some projects that will make your home more comfortable. Find out if your project requires a permit and apply for one.

If you are a business owner looking for guidance on how to reopen safely and in accordance with Provincial guidelines, more information can be found on the Province’s Alberta Biz Connect website. You can also visit COVID-19 Support for Edmonton Businesses for key links to information on support programs from all levels of government.

View information on Alberta’s economic Relaunch Strategy

Getting Around

Ride your Bike

With this warm weather, it’s a great time to take advantage of the extensive network of bike lanes and trails our city has to offer.

Bike Route Maps

Review bike route maps for Downtown, Southside and West Central.

Bike Tune Up

Watch this how-to video on giving your bike a check-up to ensure it’s safe to use this spring.

Driving

Free parking is available during COVID-19 at all curbside EPark zones and City-owned EPark lots.

Parking Rates, Hours and Locations

Taking an Uber, Tapp or Taxi

Look for Vehicle for Hire safety measures to be in place to keep you safe during your ride.

Vehicle for Hire Safety Measures

Taking Transit

LRT and buses are using an enhanced Saturday service schedule until further notice. Starting June 15, 2020, ETS will resume fare collection on buses, LRT and DATS. Customers should board the bus through the front door starting June 15.

Customers are highly encouraged to follow AHS guidance to wear non-medical masks or face coverings when using public transit and in other locations where physical distancing is not possible.

Funicular

Following the latest AHS health and safety guidelines and regulations, the City has reopened the funicular and elevator.

Hours of operation are 7am to 9pm daily.

Funicular Safety Measures

Rules of the Road and Physical Distancing

Please enjoy the city responsibly, by adhering to the rules of the road and keep giving others two meters of distance.

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