Rundle Park is the ideal place for recreational activities throughout the year. Situated in the northeast part of Edmonton’s scenic... more » river valley, the park is filled with beautiful rolling hills, lush natural forests, man-made lakes,multi-use trails and footbridges across the river.
Originally a coal mine and gravel extraction area, it provided jobs to the community of Beverly for many years. Jacob Prins bought the lands in 1927 and used them for farming and strip mining until 1966 when it became the Beverly dump.
The Town of Beverly was annexed in 1961 by the City of Edmonton and landfill operations ceased in 1972. The land was contoured and the Rundle Park Golf Course was created in 1972 and the remainder of the park became part of the Capital City Recreation Park and opened in 1978. It is now a gem of a park which successfully balances dozens of activites within a park setting.
This walk begins in the parking lot and carries straight down to the riverside trail and runs north into the park. Along the way on a hard packed gravel path, you will enjoy time surrounded by trees and be treated to wonderful river views. The first bridge you will approach is the pedestrian footpath to the Strathcona Science Park. Don't be surprised by the many types of birds, fowl and butterflies that call this area home.
Across the river you will see the Science park and Sun Ridge Ski Hill and then you will have to climb some stairs before passing under the Hwy 16 bridge, Beverly Bridge and the Railroad bridge. There are some interesting photo opportunites here. You will see a junction here and that is where you enter the Hermitage park trail system. Turning back, you will climb up the path until you reach the clubhouse for the Rundle park Golf Course.
Once you reach the club house, it is a slow descent along paved trails back to the starting point but offering good views of the park and surrounding areas. This trail is popular with walkers, runners and bikers, so share the trail! less «