Edmonton – lost in the valley
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  Posted August 6th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | One comment

Edmonton heritage

By: Zdenko Kahlina
Pictures and text: from C2E forum

The North Saskatchewan River snakes its way through the city with a long green belt of parkland running along both banks. This is North America’s largest stretch of city parkland, one long recreational area strewn with cycling paths and trails.

Looking SE towards the Muttart Conservatory.

Imagine a city park 30 km (19miles) long that has all kinds of facilities, including network of jogging, running and cycling trails. If you work in downtown Edmonton, consider yourself lucky. You are only steps away from Edmonton’s coveted river valley trail system, where endless walking and running opportunities await. Whether you are just starting out, a seasoned walker, or you like to run, consider taking advantage of Edmonton’s great trail system over the noon hour or right after work.

Looking South from downtown to the eastern edge of the south skyline

Not sure where to walk? Active Edmonton would like to ease you into walking in the river valley with mapped Active Edmonton walks! You can start by logging onto www.mapmywalk.com and search for the walking routes described below.

East Jasper Avenue…the oldest part of Edmonton that needs a rebirth

Further east looking SW from what appears to be an a former home

1.Active Edmonton Walk Day Route
Perfect for those who tend to frequently claim they don’t have the time. This loop is short and sweet! Total distance is 2.2 km and, even done at a leisurely pace, this loop can be completed in 30 minutes or less, leaving you time to stop and grab a bite of lunch or window shop on the way back to the office!

Here’s where you go:

  1. Starting and finishing at the Shaw Conference Centre.
  2. Go west along Grierson Hill.
  3. Cross the Low Level Bridge and head east along the walking trail past the River Queen.
  4. Cross the foot bridge (north).
  5. Walk through Louise McKinney Park where you can enjoy the scenic Chinese Garden, and Finish your walk at the Shaw.

Try this loop … you have time. Really!

The Edmonton Queen riverboat

Looking back towards the Shaw convention centre

Louise Mckinney Park and the Chinese garden

2. Active Edmonton River Valley Walk
This more intense six-kilometre route gives you a tour of the river valley and includes hills and stairs to increase intensity through out the walk. Great for those who can take an extended lunch (1.25 hours) or walk it after work!

Route details are as follows:

  1. Walk down the Hotel MacDonald stairs.
  2. Cross over to the Low Level Bridge and walk across.
  3. Immediately after you cross the bridge go down the stairs and follow the walking path heading west along the river’s edge.
  4. The path will take you under the James MacDonald Bridge.
  5. Continue along the foot path that will lead you up a hill that twists around like a corkscrew.
  6. Follow the path signs as they direct you south, then west to the Kinsmen Sports Centre/Walterdale Bridge.
  7. Cross the Walterdale Bridge (north) and continue your walk behind the Rossdale Power plant.
  8. You will walk under the Low Level Bridge.
  9. Finally, gear yourself up and get ready to climb the stairs back up to the MacDonald Hotel.

This is literally in the middle of our city…

Again… middle of the city… so serene

Nature and urbanity

If you are not ready to venture out on your own, or are looking for a group to walk with join Active Edmonton’s Noon Hour Walk and Strollers in June!

Active Edmonton will be facilitating three walks for downtown workers and residents. The walks are scheduled for Monday June 9, 16, and 23. Active Edmonton’s Noon Hour Walk and Strollers will meet and start at the top of the Hotel MacDonald stairs where we will commence walking at 12:10 p.m. Each session will take about 40 minutes and will lead you on a different guided walking adventure covering distances of four kilometres or less. Check out our Event Calendar ahead of time to find out where we will be walking. Every participant who comes out to walk with us will receive an Active Edmonton give-away.

The core from a hill

Commonwealth Stadium

Our new tallest, the Epcor Tower (149m), under construction beside a jewel

Our provincial Legislature in a godlike state

A new condo, our tallest residential, going up downtown

A ski hill downtown, yup…

South skyline condo/apartment towers and the University of Alberta

Wicked infill… with straw bale construction

My 2nd favorite theatre, the Garneau (under restoration)

I think I can see my condo

The majestic ‘High Level’ Bridge connecting the north and southside.

Looking west from the middle of the high level bridge

More skyline going west, all residential

University of Alberta 

The most used staircase in Edmonton

The old locomotive bridge beside the newer light rail bridge

wait for it…

only a 2 car and not the newly delivered trains, oh well…

and to finish…the Alberta Provincial Legislature and my backyard

inspiration or mediocrity…

Have a good and healthy season.

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