What to expect from your first October in Edmonton

October is a really fun time in Edmonton and there are a lot of things to do. From our beautiful river valley, to outdoor festivals and delicious seasonal foods, there is so much to look forward to!

Beautiful colours, everywhere.

Edmonton is home to the largest urban park system in North America, with more than 160 km of trails and 20 major parks. When the seasons change from summer to autumn, our expansive natural river valley becomes a work of art in it’s own right. Going for walks through the trail system, spending time with friends in one of our parks or canoeing down the river, is especially fun in this season.



People in Canada love their toques! Never heard of them? These are knitted hats that people generally wear in winter time, but here in Canada it’s fashionable to wear them all year-round (except when it’s really hot in summer). Once autumn starts, you will start to see more and more people wearing these hats. They are also great to wear on days when you don’t have time to style your hair.


Traditional autumn foods

Thanksgiving is a traditional event that takes place in October every year in Canada and is also a national holiday. Friends and family gather together to eat a large meal and tell each other what they are thankful for. Most thanksgiving meals consist of traditional food like turkey, potatoes, vegetables and pie. You may also notice that some restaurants feature these foods at this time of year in celebration of the holiday.


Another traditional food is pumpkin! These are a type of winter fruit that are used for many things in autumn. You’ll see these around the city in displays and used as decorations, because they are a symbol of the season. They are also incredibly delicious! Pumpkin pie is a traditional dessert served during this time of year and over the last decade, pumpkin spice, used in coffees, teas and desserts, has become very popular.


Autumn festivals

Edmonton is known as “festival city”, because we host multiple large events every month, all year round. We take advantage of our city in every season and Autumn is no exception. You can look forward to events like the Edmonton International Film Festival, the Edmonton corn maze, Kaleido Festival, Up+Downtown Musical Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival, just to name a few.

Plus we can’t forget Halloween! This day, originally based on traditional harvest festivals, is now a popular holiday in Canada. On October 31 every year, people (both young and old) will dress up in costumes and gather together to do things like; play games, eat candy, watch scary movies, carve pumpkins and more.


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Written by Alyssa Ott



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