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. Practice on these leisurely chariots of the future with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a one-hour Segway tour from River Valley Adventure Co. and Segway Edmonton (a $49.99 value).
River Valley Adventure Co. enlists the friendly, certified guides at Segway Edmonton to lead tours through the fall foliage or winter snowscapes and towering conifers of the River Valley. Launching from Louise McKinney Park, adventurers navigate their upright vehicles on designated bike paths, pausing at scenic points for educational pit-stops before activating the two-wheeled rides' flux capacitors in a safe, controlled environment. Each tour is preceded by a brief safety video and training session, during which riders don a CSA-approved helmet while learning how to turn, swerve, and out-roll roaming bands of roller-skating dachshunds. Sightseers must be at least 14 years old, weigh 60–250 lb., and should dress in weather appropriate clothes, which includes no open-toe sandals, high heels, or water-soluble clogs. Tour times may vary based on the season and availability, and must be reserved in advance by phone.
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.
9735 Grierson Hill NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1N9