Emily Murphy Park Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Edmonton, AB that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
A small park with big appeal for all ages Emily Murphy Park is a small park, much like the woman it is named after, yet it is connected to the river valley trail system on all sides. The amenities in the park allow families to have a pleasant lunch and visit or it is a great starting point for a much longer walk, jog or bike ride. Emily Murphy was a prominent suffragist and reformer in Alberta politics. In 1917, she spearheaded the fight to have women declared "persons" in Canada and eligible to serve in the Senate. Her group-Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and herself-met for tea at Murphy's house on August 27, 1927, and signed her petition to the Supreme Court of Canada. After an initial defeat, Murphy and her colleagues finally received a positive answer on October 18, 1929, when the Privy Council ruled that women are "persons" and can serve in the Senate. This quiet walk takes you on a tour of Emily Murphy park and for a stroll out on the Groat Bridge for some river valley views. Emily Murphy Park is a perfect family park with many picnic areas, a restroom and a play area for the kids. The park is connected by different trails to Kinsmen Park to the east, Hawrelak Park to the west, Victoria Park to the north and up to the university district to the south. Walking into the park, you are greeted by a statue of Emily Murphy which is located across from the large picnic area and just above on of the parking areas. On this day, the park was hosting a marathon and was quite full. Walking along the bottom trails, you quickly pass some picnic areas, the canoe launch and then up the stairs to the Groat Bridge which was built in 1955 and spans 1,035 feet. From the bridge you get amazing views of downtown Edmonton and the river valley. Walking back into the park, you cross a treed area which is dotted with picnic tables, a kids play area and public restrooms. Across the parking lot, you find additional picnic areas and the gated entrance to the riverside trail system which takes you over to the LRT Bridge and/or Walterdale Park.