Jasmine’s Twin Famous Five Walk

Yesterday Jasmine took Tom and I on a great walk through two parks named after the Famous Five and along both sides of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. We started at Henrietta Edwards Park near the Muttart Conservatory and cross the river along the Cloverdale Footbridge.

Downtown Edmonton from the Cloverdale Pedestrian Bridge
Downtown Edmonton from the Cloverdale Pedestrian Bridge

We explored the Trans Canada Trail pavilion before continuing on the Trans Canada Trail along the Riverfront Promenade.

The Trans Canada Trail Pavillion
The Trans Canada Trail Pavillion

I loved the lamp post poetry, and the fact that there were poems in both English and French.

Lamp post poetry on Riverfront Promenade
Lamp post poetry on Riverfront Promenade

It seems strange to see the Queen Elizabeth Riverboat frozen in the ice, but with the warmer weather it should melt out soon.

The Queen Elizabeth Riverboat, with the University in the background
The Queen Elizabeth Riverboat, with the University in the background

We could have taken the stairs up to the Shumka Stage. The snow has melted from them and they would be much less treacherous than the when I took them a month ago.

The stairs to the Shumka Stage
The stairs to the Shumka Stage

Instead we continued to Riverfront Plaza where we grabbed a hot chocolate before continuing along the Riverfront Promenade to the Low Level Bridge. It was much noisier crossing the river on the Low Level than it had been on the Cloverdale overpass but I love the lines of both bridges.

The Low Level Bridge
The Low Level Bridge

Once we crossed to the south side of the river we were back in Henrietta Edwards Park. We had a great view of downtown, and the teepees set up for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at the Shaw Conference Centre.

Downtown Edmonton and the Shaw Conference Centre
Downtown Edmonton and the Shaw Conference Centre

Our final stop on the walk was Rafter’s Landing, where there was a lot of evidence of beavers but no sign of the beavers themselves.

Beaver chewed stump and the Cloverdale Footbridge
Beaver chewed stump and the Cloverdale Footbridge

I love how lush Edmonton’s river valley’s are. There is always evidence of animals, and lots of bird song.
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I even saw some archeological evidence of and earlier Edmonton resident, the pulley from a long abandoned clothesline as we crossed over 98th avenue.

The pulley from a long abandoned clothesline
The pulley from a long abandoned clothesline

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