Edmonton City closes some river valley trails due to high water levels

Times India Today | : Apr 23,2020 02:45 PM IST

The City of Edmonton has closed some low-lying trails in the river valley due to high water levels that have created unsafe trail conditions. 


The North Saskatchewan River surged overnight due to the rapid melting that is occurring with the warm temperatures. The water has receded, however substantial ice and debris has been left on some low-lying trails next to the river. The City is asking Edmontonians to use caution around the North Saskatchewan River, trails and parks due to high water levels, quickly flowing water and debris in the river.


“We know Edmontonians are eager to get out and explore our River Valley parks and trails. However, due to current conditions, we ask people to use caution near the North Saskatchewan River, stay off the ice, and continue to follow physical distancing guidelines by staying at least 2 metres away from others.” said Rhonda Norman, Director of River Valley and Horticultural Facilities. “City staff will monitor trails and will open them once they are deemed safe.”


The following trails are currently closed: 

  • Gold Bar Park lower trail

  • Highlands lower trail

  • Emily Murphy Park to Kinsmen Park granular trail

  • Fort Edmonton river loop trail

  • Rafters Landing near the Edmonton Riverboat


Updates about trail closures due to river levels will be posted on the Trail/Park Cautions & Closures map at edmonton.ca/trailcautions. Additional trails will be closed if required.


Park users are asked to obey all signs and detours, stay off the unstable ice, call 311 if they see water collecting on trails and keep dogs away from the river. 

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