Patricia Heights Ravine to Fort Edmonton

Eight people came out for a beautiful day of hiking through the Patricia Heights ravine to Fort Edmonton Park and beyond.

Awesome sunshine at the edge of the North Saskatchewan River Valley

The ravine is quiet and deep. It has sloping sections that are steep and prone to be icy, especially after a few freeze-thaw cycles like we have had recently. We prepared ourselves by wearing decent grips on our boots and carrying hiking poles. In the end, the only ice was on the few city streets.

Patricia Heights Ravine in North Saskatchewan River Valley

After crossing the magnificent footbridge, we walked past Fort Edmonton, where renovation is still going on. It looks like they’re putting up a new large building at the entrance.

Our lunch was in the warmth of the Alfred Savage Centre.

There are many things to like about this river valley hike. One of them is that you can do almost all of it in a loop. There’s very little visiting the same section twice–like these stairs.

Stairs out of the North Saskatchewan River Valley

Thanks to Lee for scouting and leading this hike. You can find more photos on Flickr.

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