Hawrelak Park is one of Edmonton's busiest parks. It is a very accessible park for all ages and all levels of mobility. It is also a... more » great place for a picnic, walk or to watch a festival. It is also a great jump off point for other trails in the river valley park system.
William Hawrelak Park (or simply Hawrelak Park) is named after former mayor William Hawrelak, and was formerly known as Mayfair Park. The park is home to the Heritage Amphitheatre, which is used for many festivals and performances, such as the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, the Edmonton Heritage Festival and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Under the Sky Festival.
This walk takes us around the entire river bend starting in Hawrelak Park. Parking by picnic site #2 is a great place if you want to access the river valley trail system in a number of directions. You jump on the paved paths which lead through and out of Hawrelak Park for the time being. You have to navigate across a few roads to get to Emily Murphy Park, but the paths are well marked and are used by walkers and bikers alike. Be aware of traffic. We took one quick pit stop to look at the Mayfair Golf & Country Club, then carried on over to Emily Murphy park.
Once in Emily Murphy Park, you can get back on the trail system, head under the bridge and you start winding your way through the nicely maintained trails. Covered in trees and foliage, it is a relaxing and beautiful walk. Occasionally, you get some great views of the river and sometimes come upon other users of the trails, but it is a very quiet stroll.
There is an elevation change as you approach Hawrelak Park again and you find yourself on the backside of the park. You will pass the picnic areas and the lake as you make your way back to Picnic Site #2. An enjoyable and relaxing walk. less «