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Summer is in full swing and I’m trying to make the most of it; I have mosquito bites up and down my entire body to prove it! From epic runs in the river valley to casual bike rides through all the local parks, I am maximizing this warm weather while it’s here. My essentials for a summer day in the park would definitely include a pair of Ray-Ban Clubmasters, an excellent book (I’m currently reading Pamela Des Barres latest book I just received in the mail – Let It Bleed but her first release, I’m with the Band is an old favourite), a pair of baby blue Vans (easy for slipping on and off) and a delicious snack.

Despite this city being under snow much of the year, the summertime here is something to write home about because of the extensive river valley system at our backdoor. I’ve written about this countless times, but it’s truly one of Edmonton’s best assets and I never tire of using it to its full potential. Actually, it would be a full time job trying to enjoy the river valley to its full potential. Perhaps a career pivot is about to happen? Just kidding! I’ll stick to my casual outdoor endeavors thank you very much as well all know I’m about #FoxyOutdoorsy and not outdoors outdoorsy.

This month, I shared my park love in the latest issue of The Kit Compact magazine for the Edmonton edition. This issue is all about suburbia, a type of living I have never experienced, and park life which I am very well versed in. If you’re interested in my favourite picnic snacks and the old timey backyard games that I love playing, then take a peep at this and jump to page 32 for the details here. Continue scrolling for some major gratuitous park shotzzzzz:

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OUTFIT | sunglasses – RAY-BAN | lipstick – c/o SMASHBOX – here and here | shirt – VINTAGE | jacket – VINTAGE – similar here | shorts – ACNE STUDIOS | shoes – c/o VANS | book – Pamela Des Barres I’m with the Band |

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Anyone else a park enthusiast? I even have favourite parks I like to visit while traveling too. High Park and Trinity Bellwoods in Toronto are high on that list. HP is great for feeling as though you’re completely submerged in nature and not in a massive city whereas TBW is the ultimate place for people watching on a hot summer day.

Hyde Park in London is another one; there’s always a group of talented rollerbladers practicing their moves around tiny pylons to pumping music by the south east side of the park. I love getting a pastry and sitting to watch the free show.

Drumbeg Park on Gabriola Island is a magical spot as well that I finally walked around for the first time ever this summer. On a clear day, you can see the mountains across the channel. It is stunning! I still have to check out Dude Chilling Park in Vancouver. I will report back when I do.

photographs – Jesse Sand

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