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11 things to do in and around Edmonton during May long weekend

Ideas inspired by the NAIT community

There's a switch that flips inside every Canadian when the calendar approaches the Victoria Day long weekend. Some base biological instinct draws us outdoors after months of extreme windchills and spring slush. 

This call of the wild has only strengthened after weeks of self-isolation. We still can't enjoy some of the activities we love on May Long, such as camping in a provincial park, but don't let a pandemic stop you from enjoying yourself – while observing public health directives, of course. Here are a few ideas for a healthy dose of fun. 

1. Enjoy a nature walk

Big Lake at sunset at the BLESS platform in St. Albert

Leave the stress of the city behind without having to stray too far from the city! Just keep a distance from other passersby.

2. Order a great meal

Illustration of takeout options

Skip cooking and enjoy a great meal for the family from one of the dozens of Edmonton eateries still serving through takeout and curbside pickup. Not only are you supporting local, you're boosting businesses connected to NAIT culinary grads.

3. Make a bird feeder

bird feeder

It's the family craft project that's a double winner! Not only do you get to spend quality time as a family building a bird feeder, you can also reap the benefits and enjoy birdwatching together! 

4. Enjoy local craft beer

a sample of Alberta craft beer

May long weekend and fresh beer are a timeless pair. Why not enjoy locally made suds served by NAIT grads behind breweries such as Dog Island, the Growlery and Town Square?

5. DJ your own dance party!

record player

Drop the needle – and get your family grooving! 5 tips for building a great record collection.

6. Break out the board games

family enjoying board games

What says quality time better than a board game during a pandemic? Enjoy these recomendations from the folks at Board N Brew.

7. Make your own sourdough starter



Who isn't making their own bread these days? Yeast is still hard to find on grocery store shelves, but you don't need it if you've got a sourdough starter. NAIT's Baking program chair shares his go-to recipe.

8. Record your own a podcast

Linda Hoang records a podcast at NAIT

Got something to say? Share it with the world with your own podcast. A NAIT grad and podcaster shares how to get started.

9. Cook a great meal with your kids

cooking with kids

Getting your kids cooking at an early age is a sure-fire recipe for healthy eating habits later in life. 

10. Admire urban wildife – from a distance

geese in the city

Canada geese have returned home to roost, often in local parks, backyards, patios and places you'd least expect. Learn how to live with and appreciate this oft cranky, yet beautiful protected species.

11. May is made for mojitos

marvellous mojito recipes

After all this self-isolation, you deserve to kick back and relax with a refreshment. Refreshing describes these marvellous mojito recipes created by the maître d’ at Ernest’s.


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