Alcohol consumption

City expands drinking pilot program to designated picnic sites

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


Adults may consume alcohol safely and responsibly from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily only at picnic sites marked with signage.


Per Alberta government rules, alcohol consumption is restricted to designated picnic sites only. Alcohol consumers will not be allowed to walk around the park with their alcoholic beverages. Alcohol consumption is still prohibited in parks and picnic sites that are not part of the pilot project. The only exceptions are for activities that have a festival and event license or licensed restaurants.


Selected park picnic sites for the expanded 2022 pilot include: Whitemud, Hawrelak, Victoria, Rundle, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Government House and Gold Bar Parks. New parks this year include: Capilano, Hermitage, Emily Murphy, Coronation, Millwoods and Callingwood Parks. A complete list can be found at edmonton.ca.


Picnic sites include both bookable and “first come, first served” options. This year, signs will be installed directly on picnic tables at designated “first come, first served” picnic sites that are part of the pilot program.


For more information and a map of designated picnic sites, visit edmonton.ca/alcoholinparks.