Are there good places for walking and exploring in Edmonton?

A. Edmonton has the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America. Located along the North Saskatchewan River, the valley is 22 times larger than Central Park in New York, and has over 150 kilometres of trails for activities like walking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Edmonton also has several vibrant neighbourhoods filled with character homes and small businesses selling unique goods. For example, Old Strathcona is filled with unique stores and fun restaurants, as is the upscale 124 Street Area located between Oliver and Glenora. These are just some of the areas that offer great opportunities for walking and exploring.

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