This is actually a walk that takes you into two parks. Walterdale Park along the riverside and Kinsmen Park.
Walterdale Park is named... more » after John Walter, who came to Edmonton in 1870 to build York Boats for the Hudson's Bay Company. He went on to acquire a number of business interests and became one of Edmonton's wealthiest residents. Many of his business interests were destroyed in the flood of 1915 and he never recovered his losses. There is a museum and homestead down by the river which is owned and operated by the City of Edmonton.
Kinsmen Park is home to the Kinsmen Activity Centre, which is Edmonton's premier multi-purpose sports facility. Amenities include an aquatic area, indoor track, fitness centre, fieldhouse, fitness program rooms, basketball, badminton, tennis, and volleyball courts.
Kinsmen is also home to outdoor tennis courts, a children's play area, a splash park, Queen Elizabeth outdoor pool and hiking and biking trails. Kinsmen is fully accessible for persons with reduced mobility and has accessible parking, washrooms, change rooms and elevators.
To begin this walk, you will pass the John Walter Museum and the interpretive signage and houses that show a turn of the century homestead. From there you can drop down onto a riverside path which provides some good views of downtown across the river. Watch out for bikers down here. Coming back up, you will see the public washrooms and the tennis courts across the road. This location is also the home to the Edmonton Huskies Football Club.
You enter the paved trail system at this point, which can take you across the river or over to Emily Murphy park. Heading up the trail you will climb in elevation until you enter a nice wooded area that is criss-crossed with walking and biking trails. If you continue up on these trails, it will bring you to the High Level Bridge walkway.
Skirting across the back of the Activity Centre, you will pass the 18 hole golf course above the trail and a children's play area below. There are some good views of downtown from this spot as well. Looping around the Activity Centre, you head back down into the Kinsmen parking lot and a drink in the Activity Centre. less «