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Edmonton River Valley

Enjoy scenic walks, cycling, picnics, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, bird watching or canoeing at North America’s longest continuous stretch of urban parkland.

At the Edmonton River Valley, go for a leisurely stroll or cycle along some of the many trails, and stop for a picnic on the grass. Rent a canoe to explore the North Saskatchewan River on a warm day or sit beneath large shady trees to people-watch. In winter, go cross-country skiing or hike past trees laden with snow. Autumn and spring are great seasons to capture the flora and fauna on camera.

Edmonton River Valley comprises 18,400 acres (7,400 hectares) and consists of 22 major parks, connected by more than 93 miles (150 kilometers) of trails. It’s the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America and is shared by Edmonton and its surrounding communities.

People probably roamed this fertile valley as early as 10,000 B.C., just after the last ice age. With the arrival of settlers looking for agricultural sites some 150 years ago, the area around the North Saskatchewan River became more and more developed. Fortunately, much of the nature was preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Head down to the river to go rowing, canoeing or fishing. You can catch burbot, lake sturgeon and walleye, but check local fishing regulations beforehand. There are lots of bird-watching opportunities across the valley too, so read up on the local species.

During winter, try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on some of the special tracks set up throughout the valley. There are also four skating rinks to circle around on too. If you are visiting in spring, summer or fall, you can go rollerskating on the paved trails instead. Join a Segway tour for a less strenuous way to explore the parklands.

To try something different, take a raft or a stand-up paddle board down the river to get a good look at the forested parklands from the water. Check the weather and river conditions before you head out.

If you are visiting the river valley from downtown Edmonton it takes about five minutes by car, 30 minutes on foot or 15 minutes by light rail from Churchill Station.


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DoubleTree by Hilton Edmonton Downtown CA $98
Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2020
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DoubleTree by Hilton Edmonton Downtown

DoubleTree by Hilton Edmonton Downtown

9576 Jasper Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB
     
    4.0 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Beautiful big lounge area with city and river views, theres a little bar so you can enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine and relax

    Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton Downtown CA $101
    Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020
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    Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton Downtown

    Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton Downtown

    One Thornton Court, 99 Street & Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB
       
      4.1 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Beautiful view of the river valley from our room, modern and clean interior.

      University of Alberta - Guest Accommodation CA $109
      Reviewed on Oct. 31, 2019
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      University of Alberta - Guest Accommodation

      University of Alberta - Guest Accommodation

      1-042 Lister Centre, 116 St and 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB
         
        3.9 of 5
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Perfect location for our needs and parking relatively easy.

        Hotel Selkirk at Fort Edmonton Park
        Reviewed on Sep. 3, 2018
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        Hotel Selkirk at Fort Edmonton Park

        Hotel Selkirk at Fort Edmonton Park

        1920's Street, Edmonton, AB
           
          4.3 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Such a beautiful hidden gem. This is now my favourite place. Loved the atmosphere the rooms were modern yet vintage. Loved the no tv. Sadly they will not be open for the next two years. But when the renovations are done we will be there!!!!

          Shemmer Home- Across From Aberhart, Cross, Stollery & Kaye Hospitals
          Reviewed on Aug. 26, 2019
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          Shemmer Home- Across From Aberhart, Cross, Stollery & Kaye Hospitals

          Shemmer Home- Across From Aberhart, Cross, Stollery & Kaye Hospitals

          11533 University Ave, Edmonton, AB
             
            4.5 of 5
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            We had appointments at the University hospital and this home was literally right across the street! The home is beyond comfortable, clean and exceeded all our expectations. We stayed in the home at the end of July and again middle of August. With the scheduled visits at the hospital, knowing we had ...

            Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel by APA CA $110
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            Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel by APA

            Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel by APA

            10155 105th Street, Edmonton, AB
               
              4.2 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The beds! Staff was very prompt and accommodating

              Fantasyland Hotel CA $178
              Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2020
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              Fantasyland Hotel

              Fantasyland Hotel

              17700 87 Ave Nw, Edmonton, AB
                 
                4.0 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Comfortable beds. Spacious room. Friendly front reception.

                Hyatt Place Edmonton-West CA $117
                Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2020
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                Hyatt Place Edmonton-West

                Hyatt Place Edmonton-West

                18004 100 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  I love the fact that it was close to the West Edmonton Mall and shopping I love the fact that it had free breakfast accommodations as a member overall great experience thank you

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