Nature Adventure – Grey Nuns White Spruce Park

Enjoy a nature walk at Grey Nuns White Spruce Park in St Albert.
One of our favourite nature adventures in St. Albert! Photo by Edmonton Playgrounds.

It’s St. Albert’s newest spot for a nature adventure! Grey Nuns White Spruce Park opened in summer of 2023 and is a lovely area to explore year-round in St. Albert! The area has been designated as a municipal historic resource and the city of St. Albert was given an Environmental award for the development of the park!

Grey Nuns White Spruce Park is a beautiful natural area to explore year round.
We like the helpful maps posted at all the entrances! Photo by Edmonton Playgrounds.

In the heart of the park is an open area with a natural playground! The girls love climbing the giant log and hopping from stump to stump. The natural playground is small, but a lot of fun and can be seen from Ray Gibbon Drive.

There are several picnic tables near the park, plus a huge and beautiful picnic shelter. Unique art covers the underside of the ceiling of the picnic shelter! Grey Nuns White Spruce Park is also home to two outdoor classroom areas. One of them is a fenced seating area located near the picnic shelter.

4km of trails

Bicycles are only allowed on the paved multi-use trails that bypass the park. Within the park are gravel trails, packed dirt trails and even a beautiful boardwalk! There is also a viewing platform as well as a second natural classroom tucked away in the forest.

We love the boardwalk at Grey Nuns White Spruce Park in St. Albert
We love nature adventures that include boardwalks! Photo by Edmonton Playgrounds.

Signs around the park remind users that the area is home to wildlife including coyotes and moose. We saw many squirrels and several types of birds on our visit. Visitors are asked to not feed the wildlife.

There is also a viewing platform in Grey Nuns White Spruce Park in St. Albert.
The viewing platform is a nice place to observe the park! Photo by Edmonton Playgrounds.

There are a total of four kilometres of trails within Grey Nuns White Spruce Park. Dogs are allowed in the park if they are on leashes.

We met a cute friend at Grey Nuns White Spruce Park in St. Albert.
The girls love checking out squirrels and other critters! Photo by Edmonton Playgrounds.

Grey Nuns White Spruce Park

  • Where: We parked on Rankin Drive, which can be accessed via Rose Gate off McKenney Avenue in St. Albert. If you are using GPS, try searching for Riverstone Apartments – Broadstreet Properties. There is street parking outside that building with easy access to the park. Parking can also be found in St Albert Rotary Park, on the southeast side of the Sturgeon River.
  • What: Gorgeous walking trails, perfect for year-round exploration! There is also a small natural playground, a huge picnic shelter and an outdoor classroom.
  • Pair it with a playground: Continue your stroll across the river to play at St. Albert Rotary Park. In the winter, there is a lovely skating area created on the grass near the playground!
  • More info: HERE
Mactaggart Sanctuary and Larch Sanctuary make great spots to explore year round.

Looking for more Nature Adventures? We love Mactaggart Sanctuary in south Edmonton!

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