Unlike jetpacks, Segways are not prone to bird collisions or backside burns, helping them become the official ride of the 23rd century. Practice a sweet ride on a leisurely chariot of fire with today's Groupon: for $15, you get an instructional Segway clinic from Segway of Edmonton (a $29.99 value).
The seasoned guides at Segway of Edmonton shepherd new cruisers on scenic introductory journeys during safe, informative clinics. Each 30-minute workshop ($29.99) kicks off daily in Louise McKinney Park at 8:30 a.m. with an in-depth itinerary that waxes on the riding necessities of balance, form, emergency stopping, hill traversal, and out-rolling roaming bands of dachshunds. Clinics equip riders with their own two-wheeled, eco-friendly steed, a helmet, and a safe nook to store personal belongings in, though students should bring their own water, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes. During the lessons, tours pause for photo ops to capture the novelty of vertical wandering and for frame-by-frame instant replays of remarkable in-motion slam dunks.
River Valley Adventure Co.
Louise McKinney Riverfront Park is a prime spot for outdoor fun for plenty of reasons. For one, it's part of a system of parks that comprise North America's largest expanse of urban parkland. It also links up with the North Saskatchewan River and the Trans Canada Trail, the longest network of recreational trails in the world. Best of all, it's home to River Valley Adventure Co.
The outfitter provides a number of opportunities for exploration—and, through its Urban Green Cafe, the fuel for those adventures. Check out its services:
Guided Segway tours: Certified Segway trainers get participants up to speed operating the vehicles before groups embark on tours through the Edmonton River Valley. Tour-goers might see the scenic greenery along the river in the summer or snow-dusting vistas during the winter.
Bike rentals: If you don't have a car to lug around your bikes, the best way to traverse Edmonton's trails is by renting from River Valley Adventure Co. Mountain bikes are available by the hour or for full days.
Snowshoeing: Visitors can create their own fun by devising a trip through the park on borrowed snowshoes, or they can opt for a 60-minute guided tour.
Sports equipment: For those who have a more leisurely day in mind, fishing rods, badminton sets, bocce kits, soccer balls, and other gear is available to rent.