A walk this afternoon (2016 February 6) through the river valley, revealed a few perspectives of Edmonton that I usually don’t see. For the record, it was a beautiful afternoon – mostly sunny with temperatures well above seasonal averages and well above zeros. There were however very gusty winds and I was worried that if I was standing on ice (of which there was a lot) when a gust peaked I could have gone sailing. Alas I found good footing at the times of the worst of the winds, so no falls and photos that I am pleased with:
Stairs through Louise McKinney Park
Under the Low Level
Under the James MacDonald
Walterdale Bridge Replacement Construction
Skyline, Park and Frozen River on a February Afternoon
Watch for an upcoming follow-up post for more Edmonton photos taken this afternoon.
The last day of 2015 and a beautiful day it was. After a couple of weeks of cool seasonal temperatures, December 31st featured the relative warmth of temperatures near freezing and sunshine – a bright, low-in-the-sky sun and blue skies. It was a great day for a walk in the river valley.
Here is a bit of what I saw as I wandered around the Buena Vista Park area:
Red Berries Against a Blue Sky
Winter Sun Through the Trees
Road Through the Trees
Bridge Over Ice and Water
Edmonton has been called River City and I do like that nickname. Even though many or most cities and towns developed around rivers (or other waterways), I do have to believe our river is special – it is more defining of the city. The valley is deep and sharp. It doesn’t sneak up on you like other places. Here, you know when you have dropped into or climbed out of, our river valley; and when you are in it you can often forget that you are in the City itself.
I am always happy when I see our river getting a lot of use and appreciation. So last Saturday (2015 October 10) seeing lots of boats on the river (not to mention the beauty of the autumn colors), brought a smile to my face.
A Seasonal Bend
Two in a Canoe
Under the Dawson (bridge)
Rush Hour on the River
The Other Side of the Bend
The North Saskatchewan river valley is one of the City of Edmonton’s defining features and points of pride.
In every season the view of and across the valley is something to behold. It was the lovely, winter afternoon of Feb 21 (2015) when I snapped these images of the river valley from the top (northside) of the riverbank between 96th and 97th Streets.
Chinese Pagoda in Louise McKinney Park
I love the old pedestrian bridge that spans between Louise McKinney park on the northside and the Cloverdale community on the southside. It is distressing to me that the bridge might be torn down in the near future!
On the southside of the valley lies the community of Cloverdale which is home to both the Muttart Conservatory (2 of the 4 pyramids pictured below) and the Edmonton Ski Club (on the slopes in the background)
Pyramids and Moguls
The east end of the Edmonton Ski Club in the distance on the left and on the right the reflections from the Shaw Conference Centre
Two of the downtown bridges (roadways) – the Low Level in the foreground and the James MacDonald behind it:
I’ve often heard the phrase “its a dry cold” when people compare an Alberta winter (and our ease of surviving it) compared to the “cold” of the eastern Canada (and by “eastern” Canada one is usually referring to the middle east, the GTA). When Alberta’s winters are compared with the balmy west coast, inevitably one hears a comment to the effect that Edmonton’s winters may be cold but they’re sunny – as opposed to cool, wet, grey and dreary.
Well this past Sunday was truly a “Sun” day and it was a beautiful time to be out enjoying the bright sun and beauty. Following are some photos captured in the Hawrelak and Buena Vista Park areas of Edmonton’s river valley.
Winter – Sit and Enjoy the View (from the southwest corner of Hawrelak)
Snowshoeing on the River’s Edge
Falling Star? (no, just a jet’s trail)
Afternoon Sun (in Buena Vista Park, Edmonton)
Bridge and Shadows
… and enjoying the winter sun:
Walkin the Dogs
Last Friday (2013 June 28) was beautiful – sunny and warm. The flood water of the past week had receded and although the river was still fast and dirty it was not over its banks. I strolled through Louise McKinney Park [map] on the north bank of the river just east of downtown and captured these photos:
Riverside Promenade – on the north bank of the North Saskatchewan River in central Edmonton
Wild Flower and Muddy Water
Emergency Phone (with solar power)
Beside the River