The Capital Region River Valley is big. Really big. As the largest urban park in North America it spans seven municipalities from Devon, through Edmonton to Fort Saskatchewan, stretching 88 km long. The River Valley Alliance wants to give you the opportunity to Xplore this vast space, and win prizes in the process.
We have worked with the Alltrails App and Google Maps to create a series of trails across the river valley to explore. The trails vary in location and difficulty. The trails are either meant to be crossed by foot, bike, boat, or a combination of each. To participate in the contest post a Facebook or Instagram a picture of you on a trail with the #RVAXplore hashtag to enter the draw to win a prize. The draw for prizes will be held during day 2 of EPCOR Riverfest on Saturday September 16th.
New prizes are being added throughout the summer. Check back here to see what you can win!
Please take all necessary safety precautions when attempting the challenge. Read through the City of Edmonton’s River Recreation Document for more information about safety on the river. If you want to check the flow of the river, please consult Environment Canada’s report of the North Saskatchewan River flow.
The River Valley Alliance takes no responsibility for injuries or damages caused through participation in the challenge.
This link provides estimated travel times heading downstream along the river using a slow estimated speed of around 5km/hour. The estimated floating time between points on the river. Please note that travel time can vary greatly due to factors such as water flow speed, wind and whether or not you are paddling.
Take a look at the recommended trails presented below. The trails listed below are generally organized from upstream to downstream. With your smartphone, download the AllTrails and Google Maps apps. Using the maps indicated below to participate in the contest Have a trail or route you think should be showcased? Submit your suggestions to email@example.com
Devon Voyager Park East Loop Trail (Level: Hard) Hike, Bike
Hike or Bike your way across some of the new trails connecting Voyageur Park and Devon’s Lion Campground.
Devon Battery Creek Ravine Park (Level: Medium) Hike
Discover the new bridges and trails that were recently completed and partially funded by the River Valley Alliance.
Devon Float and Hike (Level: Hard) Hike, Float
Hike and float between Devon’s two main riverfront parks. This route requires a little planning:
Start by securing your boat or raft at Devon’s Voyageur Park.
Drive over to Lion’s Campground and Park your vehicle there.
Hike from Lion’s Campground to Voyageur Park.
Launch your boat or raft on the the river.
Float downstream to Lion’s Campground
Parkland County and Leduc County:
Trails are upcoming. Have suggestions for great trails in these counties? Please submit your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hawrelak Park to Terwillegar Park (Level: Moderate) Bike
Bike between two of Edmonton’s favourite parks while crossing over the RVA funded Fort Edmonton Park footbridge and the Terwillegar Park footbridge.
Fort Edmonton Park Loop Trail (Level: Easy) Hike, Bike
Take a bike ride or stroll around Fort Edmonton Park.
Hawrelak Park Riverside Walk (Level: Moderate) Hike, Bike
This trail takes you through Hawrelak Park, along to the river around the Royal Mayfair Golf Club to Emily Murphy Park
Louise McKinney Riverside Park Trail (Level: Easy) Hike
Take a walk through Louise McKinney park. Many parts of the park are undergoing enhancements so the trail might be closed or diverted at certain parts. While you are there take a look at the River Valley Alliance’s Mechanized River Access, scheduled to open this autumn.
Rundle Park Riverside Trail (Level: Moderate) Hike, Bike
A moderate route connecting Goldbar and Rundle Park.
Strathcona Riverside Nature Trail (Level: Easy) Hike, Bike
An easy trail to explore the edge of the river.
Trails routes are upcoming. Have suggestions for great routes in this county? Please submit your suggestions to email@example.com
City of Fort Saskatchewan:
Fort Centre Loop Trail (Moderate) Hike
Explore Fort Saskatchewan’s riverfront, and the Day 3 site of this year’s EPCOR Riverfest.
More trails and prizes will continue to be added. Check out some of our other challenges in the meantime!