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Edmonton River Valley Discovery Tour

from $49.00

Enjoy hiking inside Alberta’s capital city and within Edmonton’s world famous river valley. You will learn about the unique geological features exposed in the river valley and walk in the footsteps of the indigenous peoples who continue to visit this sacred place on Turtle Island for the last 10,000 years. You will also participate in a sharing circle with some indigenous music and storytelling.

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All about the Edmonton River Valley Discovery Tour.

COVID-19 UPDATE: At this time, there is no tour van experience, so guests are responsible to arrive at the trailhead with their own vehicles. On arrival, staff will ensure social distancing and sanitizing measures by giving each participant a headset, so that our hiking group can be 2 m apart from each other while walking single file along the trail. All equipment will be disinfected after every use and guests are encouraged to bring their own personal protective equipment, but staff will have extra just in case.

If you feel sick or confirmed with the coronavirus, please do not participate. In return for doing the right thing, you can reschedule your tour or receive a full refund.

Enjoy hiking inside Alberta’s capital city and within Edmonton’s world famous river valley. You will learn about the unique geological features exposed in the river valley and walk in the footsteps of the indigenous peoples who continue to visit this sacred place on Turtle Island for the last 10,000 years. You will also participate in a sharing circle with some indigenous music and storytelling.
Your geo-adventure begins on the historic site of Fort Edmonton IV and its sacred burial grounds and cemetery near the Rossdale Power Plant. We also visit the last Fort Edmonton site on the legislature grounds before visiting a prominent geologic outcrop that showcases sediments above when dinosaurs once roamed, all the way to the more recent glacial lake deposits, when the last ice age retreated on the Great Plains for good. There is some elevation gain on this tour, however, the majority of the trails are paved and makes for an easy hike.

$49+GST / Adult (18 years of age and older)

Length: ~5 km

Time: ~2.5 hours; weekends (1400 to 1630 hrs.)

Level of Difficulty: Fairly Easy

Significant Features: Fort Edmonton IV and V historic sites, Ancient First Nations burial ground and Fort Edmonton Cemetery, Alberta’s First Catholic & Methodist Cemetery, Legislature grounds, Glacial Lake Edmonton deposits, Mt. Mazama ash bed, and Métis River Lot #11.

Trailhead Location: North of Walter Dale Bridge, near downtown Edmonton (Free parking at RE/MAX Field or Kinsmen Sports Centre)

COVID-19 Offering:
Bring a group of 6 or more family members and I will offer a private tour just for you, for the regular price. On private tours, children from ages 12-17 will be allowed for a cost of $39+GST / child.

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
PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

It is going to be a fun filled day and we will be on the water for 5 to 6 hours so start the day out right with a hearty breakfast before leaving home.

  • Dress for the weather and in layers
  • Light coloured hat
  • Sturdy sandals for on the river and hiking boots for the trail (possible muddy conditions)
  • Bring your own lunch and a small cooler to share
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Water bottle
  • Camera & Ziplock bag