You can walk from the westside to the eastside of Edmonton along both side of the Saskatchewan River. There are frequent vehicular and pedestrian bridges allowing you to break up the distance into short 1-2 hour loops. The following walk starts on the westside near Fort Edmonton and crosses the newly built Fort Edmonton Footbridge. The City of Edmonton provides excellent online River Valley Trail Maps which can be downloaded onto portable devices.
Directions: From the intersection of the Old Island Highway and the new Laburnum Road drive south to Claymore Road and turn right. Follow Claymore Road to the entrance to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery (2.4 Km from the Old Island Hwy. to the entrance just after crossing the bridge over Whiskey Creek). Turn right into the Fish Hatchery or park on the road outside the gate if you expect to be leaving later than 4:00 P.M. There is a map of the fish hatchery, an outhouse, picnic tables and interpretive displays near the entrance. Continue through the parking area to a yellow gate between two interpretive signs. Follow the gravel road on top of the dyke for approximately 25 minutes to the end of the Spawning Channel. Follow the road to the left, along the chain link fence and by the yellow gate. Keep straight on the road as it passes an office/maintenance building, and continues through the Hatchery to the Fishery Viewing Room. Turn right and head up the road to the entrance gate.
This is one of the nicest walks in or around Grande Prairie. The views across the Bear Creek Reservoir to various landmark buildings give the park a picturesque quality reminiscent of great English parks or New York’s Central Park.
Start the walk at the Visitor Centre just off the Hwy 2 Bypass. Follow the paved trails along the eastern side of the reservoir then cross Bear Creek at the bridge to the Museum and Heritage Village. Walk between the Heritage Village and the creek until you regain the paved trail. Follow the trail past the College and through the Rotary Campground to the bridge back to the Visitor Centre and Sundail.
This walk is made up of waterfront and park trails and residential roads with viewpoint accesses to the lake. Start at the main pavilion off 94th Street then make your way around the lake on residential roads staying as close to the lake as possible without walking through someone’s backyard.
The site of 12 Foot Davis’ s Grave is far removed from his statue. It is way up the hill just about out of the river valley and affords spectacular views of Peace River and its junction with the Smoky. On the day I visited the area lived up to its name, the sky and valley were obscured with smoke from distant forest fires. For more information about 12 Foot Davis and his gravesite visit the Geotourism Canada website.