Strathcona Science Park

The Strathcona Science Park (SSP) was once part of the Capital City Recreation Park – an initiative launched in 1978 that joined Edmonton’s river valley into one continuous, trail-linked stretch of urban parkland, running from the Alberta legislature grounds to Hermitage Park. Now abandoned but cared for by the Province (it’s now a provincial park), the SSP is located on 17th street, just south of Trans-Canada Highway 16 (Yellowhead). It sits across the river from the northern reaches of Rundle Park and is accessible via the Rundle Park Footbridge. It’s also across the street from an oil refinery, which is fitting. The original purpose of the park was to educate visitors on the basics of the local energy (oil) industry, as well as illuminate some of the natural history of the area. The park’s pavilions, pathways, and amenities have been left unkempt, making it a genuine Edmonton ruin.

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A few letters missing, but clean.

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Buena Vista Whitemud Loop

This was a nice 2hr circuit in Edmonton’s west end. I began my walk in the evocatively-named but nearly viewless Buena Vista Park (The “features and amenities” listed for this park on The City’s website include park benches and a parking lot), which lies on the north side of the river – across from Hawrelak Park, and adjacent to Laurier Park. The park is most often accessed via the Hawrelak Park footbridge, and is a favourite of dog owners city-wide.

My hike began on the Hawrelak footbridge, which features a great view of the cliff-like bank on the perimeter of Hawrelak Park.

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Sharp riverbank in Hawrelak Park

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Cameron Heights to 106 Street

On Sunday July 13, 2014 I hiked on a long-ish (10km or so) multi-use path on Edmonton’s south side. The path began at Cameron Heights Road and EL Smith Road – just off Henday Drive – and ended at 106 street and 29 avenue. This trail is paved, and cleared in the winter.

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The Trailhead

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