Closer to Home: East End Trails

Editor’s note: Once a week for the next bit here at Transforming Edmonton we’re sharing some of our favourite places in the city. The pandemic has shortened the travel horizon for many. And that’s okay, because there are plenty of gems in different parts of our city that are worth a visit. Each week a different City of Edmonton team member gives you a story about a fave spot closer to home. This is Glenn Kubish’s view.

There’s a lot to breathe in on the East End Trails. 

There’s big stuff, like the North Saskatchewan River and the sky.

The North Saskatchewan River surrounded by Fall foliage

At this time of year, there’s autumn, which, in Edmonton, can be both pretty short and long on pretty. 

A walking path, black chain link fence on the left, surrounded by Fall foliage

There’s big stuff like the pedestrian bridge slung under the Anthony Henday Drive Northeast bridge across the river.

Pedestrian bridge slung under the Anthony Henday Drive Northeast bridge across the river.

And there’s big stuff that’s small stuff when you’re out on the East End Trails. Like the giant Stantec Tower, which you can find, if you look closely, on the horizon. 

Fall foliage with the river and Edmonton downotwn skyline in the distance

There’s small stuff to notice, too. Birdhouses in the trees.

Painted wood bird house in a tree with green and yellow leaves.

Stone piles left by stair climbers to mark their up-and-down journey.

Stairs leading down the walking path

On the day I visited there were small waves and nods and hellos from people passing by on foot and bike. 

A man in a turban walking along the walking path surrounded by trees  and a bright glare of the sun in the sky

The East End Trails are 16 kilometres of asphalt and gravel paths in the northeast corner of Edmonton. The system includes a main asphalt trail on the north side of the river from Hermitage Park to 167 Avenue. The trail on the south side of the river features a secondary gravel trail connecting the Clover Bar Area to the Henday pedestrian bridge crossing.

The trails were funded in partnership with the City of Edmonton, River Valley Alliance, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada. 

The River Valley Alliance tells a great story about the East End Trails, where they are, where to park and more. 

A plaque sits on top of a rock that reads "The City of Edmonton gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta for their funding contribution to the East End Trails Project through the River Valley Alliance."

The East End Trails are a good place to get some fresh air and some room for yourself, a peaceful place to stretch your legs and stretch your thoughts.