Henrietta Muir Edwards Park Loop Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.
Henrietta Louise Edwards Park is one of the Famous Five Parks. Henrietta Louise Edwards was a women's rights activist and reformer. In 1875 she founded the Working Girls' Association to provide vocational training for women and edited a journal called Women's Work in Canada. She helped found the National Council of Women (1893) and also helped found the Victorian Order of Nurses. One of Alberta's "Famous Five" she was a supporter of divorce on equal grounds, prison reform and mother's allowances. She aimed to expand women's rights in the political and the legal sphere and wrote The Legal Status of Women in Alberta (1921) and pressed for the 1917 Dower Act. Even though it is a small park, there are a number of surprises throughout. You can walk across the Leilani Muir Pedestrian Bridge where you get great views of downtown Edmonton and the River Valley. Going the other way, you get quick access to the Muttart Conservatory and it's iconic pyramids. Close to the parking lot, there is a full bar-b-que pit and picnic tables for the family to enjoy. Walking past this area, you head over a wooden bridge and into a nice quiet paved path that is enjoyed by walkers, joggers and bikers. Halfway through the park you'll come to Rafter's Landing where the Queen of Edmonton is docked. Further along towards the boundaries of the park, you can enter the trail system by the Low Level bridge and are treated to a final fantastic view of downtown Edmonton and the Hotel MacDonald. Walking back to the entrance of the park, you will see a number of picnic areas dotted around the area. A great park right in the heart of downtown.