Less prone to explosions, bird collisions, and painful butt-burns, the Segway has edged out the jetpack as the official ride of the 23rd century. Today's Groupon gives you the chance to practice on these leisurely chariots of fire lest the future overtake you at 12.5 miles per hour: for $35, you get a 90-minute Segway tour from Segway of Edmonton (a $70 value).
The friendly guides at Segway of Edmonton know the ins, outs, and under-wheel crushables of the city, having strode atop them all on their own two-wheeled steeds. Your Groupon is redeemable for one of two expertly guided tours. For a scenic roll through Edmonton’s river valley, opt for the 90-minute River Valley ride wherein, from a launch point at Louise McKinney Park, you’ll meander through the bucolic valley, pausing at a few scenic points for educational pit-stops before seeing the two-wheeled rides attain top speed in a safe and controlled environment. Or, for an indoor adventure, opt for the 90-minute West Edmonton Mall tour, during which you’ll explore the interior of the massive eight-block city mall while harnessing the power of the vehicle in an everyday setting. You'll get to ride your upright vehicle around the emporium's frosty ice palace, past the indoor rollercoaster, and more. Each tour is preceded by a brief safety video and training session, during which you’ll learn how to turn, swerve, and out-roll roaming bands of blood-thirsty dachshunds hot on your wheels.
Riding a Segway is more than a fun way to cruise through town at a respectable speed with the wind in your hair and the world under your wheels—it’s the only vehicle that can provide you with the satisfaction of walking without actually requiring you to use your feet or sully your hand-painted clogs. So take this opportunity to explore your city without having to lift a foot.
Segway of Edmonton was featured in the Journal:
- …there is something -- what should I call it? -- something transcendent about whirring effortlessly along on a two-wheeled pogo stick. – Scott McKeen, Journal
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.