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Relocation Transportation Transformation Exploration – Part 2

All photos taken on August 24, 2022.

…now, where was I? Oh, yeah, bike riding through the Edmonton River Valley. In Part 1, we left our intrepid duo (always wanted to say that) at the James MacDonald Bridge roughly in the center of Edmonton.

At our rest stop, we discussed our options and decided to keep on riding West, eventually looking for a bite of lunch at any handy fast food joint. The day was ours…as long as we were home on the back deck for coffee by 1:30 PM.

The map below roughly shows our route. For some reason Google was no as up to date on Edmonton’s bike routes as it should have been. Our actual distance on this leg was closer to 22.4 km (14 miles), but we did do a bit of meandering, while looking for lunch and a place to eat it.

Now in Rossdale, we rode through Irene Parlby Park…

…past the Rossdale Power Plant and back to the Walterdale Bridge…another stunning view

Ahead, we could see the High Level Bridge (car traffic on lower decks and streetcar and train traffic on the upper, in the day). The bridge was opened in 1913. On the other side of the High Level was the Dudley B. Menzies LRT and pedestrian bridge, opened in 1992.

Between the bridges, so to speak.

Past these bridges, the wide multi use path followed alongside River Road, past Victoria Golf Course. The 2nd slide shows that the locally famous Taber, Alberta sweet corn is now on sale.

Up ahead, we spotted the Groat Bridge (named for Malcom Groat, a former Hudson’s Bay Company employee who settled in the Groat Estates area of Edmonton in the 1880s). A river rafting firm was doing a brisk business on this hot summer day.

Past the Groat Bridge, we entered MacKinnon Ravine Park, which almost became home to a freeway into downtown Edmonton, before a halt was called. After a steady uphill climb…

…we found ourselves on Summit Drive near 148 Street and 101 Avenue. A brief trip to the nearest Subway shop…

…and we set off to find a picnic spot.

This took a bit more time than we thought, as it had been a long time since we had been in this area.

At long last, we arrived at the edge of the river valley, where we enjoyed a hazy downtown Edmonton view and ate our sandwich under the shade of an evergreen tree.

We tootled around on Riverside Drive, before finding our way back out to 142 Street…

…and the bridge across the Mackenzie Ravine.

A series of service roads took us to Buena Vista Road which led back down into the river valley near the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The downhill ride was fast and traffic was busier than we expected, as everyone was looking for some R & R in the river valley.

At bottom of Buena Vista Rd and after badly negotiating the round-about, we found the bike path through Buena Vista Park. This is also an off-leash area, so we had to use caution to avoid the excited dogs. One of them even tried to race me.

We were looking for the Buena Vista/Hawrelak Park footbridge, when all of a sudden it appeared on our right. This was our way back across the river to the South bank.

After dawdling on the bridge for some river views, we rode the shortest route through Hawrelak Park…

…past the Royal Mayfair Golf and Country Club (site of our very first date), past one of many abandoned Lime scooters littering Edmonton and back to Groat Road.

As we wanted to ride South back across the Walterdale Bridge to get to our car, we first crossed the river North on Groat Bridge…

…back to River Valley Road, where we turned Eastward. Bike and pedestrian traffic had picked up since our morning transit West

At the Walterdale Bridge, our end goal was in sight. One last look at the river.

Our distance travelled was 32.7 km (20 1/3 miles) and we had thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Back home, in time for coffee. And no, I am not naked and drinking coffee from a huge straw. My wife thought this photo would be cute. You can be the judge. Thanks for riding along with us.


Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

16 thoughts on “Relocation Transportation Transformation Exploration – Part 2

    1. I agree Anneli. We just got back from a 6.5 k walk on snowy paths. It was beautiful, but boy was it a workout. We got our aerobic exercise and warmed up despite the cold weather. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Thanks Marion. E-scooters are like stepladders. They have legal warnings and rules all over them and no body follows them. They ride on sidewalks, they ride without helmets, they ride with 2 & 3 people on them and then they leave them everywhere. Thanks for reading and commenting Marion. Allan

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  1. How often are the lime scooters left like that? Although your response to the commenter above shows that they are left everywhere. Yikes. Seems like a good idea that’s not working out. Thanks for the photos – I used to live just off Sask. Drive in Strathcona when I flew out of Edmonton City Centre – lots of fond memories triggered.

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    1. I think the scooter problems are less here than the first place we saw them. In San Diego in 2019, they were everywhere except in the designated zone. They should be like Superstore shopping buggies. If you do not put them in the right spot, it costs you, at least a loonie. We have so many good memories about this river valley from our time living in Edmonton and since. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan


  2. You had glorious weather that day, Allan. Your photos are amazing and Edmonton River Valley looks like a beautiful place to visit. Your photo drinking a gigantic coffee is really cool!

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    1. Hi Blanca. That was a great day, to be sure. I still have one more river valley ride to post (done in the autumn). We do adore our river valley in almost any season. Yes, Patty got creative and the shot worked. Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend. Allan

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  3. Lovely scenes and sights from your bike ride. Looks like you found a nice spot to enjoy your sandwiches. What better way to treat yourself afterwards than by having some iced coffees on the deck. The picture of you at the end gave me a good laugh!

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    1. Thanks Linda. That place was actually close to where we used to walk when we lived in the big city. The river views during all seasons made us smile. The iced coffee was a nice finish. Not many of those outside these days. Although, it is supposed to get to +5 on the coming weekend. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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