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Edmonton River Valley La Tayr-Geo Discovery Tour

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Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of the Edmonton River Valley, where the past intertwines with the present. Delve into the hidden gems of river valley, including its boreal forest. Did you know the river valley possesses medicinal plants that are still used by local First Nations and Métis? Join Keith Diakiw as he shares some secrets of these medicines hiding in plain sight.

  • Vacation Style Tour Type:
  • Activity Level Challenging
    5/8
All about the Edmonton River Valley La Tayr-Geo Discovery Tour.

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of the Edmonton River Valley, where the past intertwines with the present. Delve into the hidden gems of river valley, including its boreal forest. Did you know the river valley possesses medicinal plants that are still used by local First Nations and Métis? Join Keith Diakiw as he shares some secrets of these medicines hiding in plain sight.

The journey continues to Edmonton’s famous INIW / River Lot 11 / Indigenous Art Park located on a historic Métis river lot once inhabited by Joseph Macdonald and his family for over three decades during and after the fur trade era. This historical site boasts a legacy that predates the very foundation of Edmonton itself! Today, it serves as a haven where many come to rejuvenate their spirits amidst captivating art installations crafted by local Indigenous artists. These artworks beautifully showcase the connection of Edmonton’s past, present, and a brighter future to come.

Talking Rock Tours’ Edmonton River Valley Discovery Tours include a continuous sharing circle with some Indigenous music and storytelling as Keith Diakiw, a proud Métis and professional geologist, imparts his expertise on Alberta’s fur trade history and geological treasures nestled within a river valley spanning over 20 times the size of New York’s Central Park.

Bring an open heart/mind and come walk with us in the spirit of reconciliation.

Length: ~5 km

Time: 2–2.5 hours; weekends (1600 to 1830 hrs)

Level of Difficulty: Fairly Easy with a minor elevation gain, however, the majority of the trails are paved and makes for an easy hike.

Significant Features:

  • John Walter Museum
  • Walterdale Bridge
  • Boreal forest medicine walk
  • INIW / Métis River Lot 11 / Indigenous Art Park

Trailhead Location: Kinsmen Sports Centre Parking Lot – East Side (Free parking).

Address: 9100 Walterdale Hill, Edmonton, AB T6E 2V3

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Guided Tour with Geology, Physical Geography, and Alberta History
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals are not provided
  1. Itinerary Itinerary

    Your geo-adventure begins near the John Walter Museum. From there, the journey unfolds beneath the Walterdale Bridge, guiding you through the river valley’s boreal forest to connect you with nature and learn about the hidden medicines hiding in plain sight. Our path leads to Edmonton’s renowned INIW / River Lot 11 / Indigenous Art Park.

PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

It is going to be a fun filled day so start the day out right with a hearty breakfast before leaving home.

  • Dress for the weather and in layers
  • Light coloured hat
  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots for the trail (possible muddy conditions)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Water bottle
  • Camera