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Gold Bar and Capilano Loop Trail

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Capilano Park

Gold Bar and Capilano Loop Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length1.6 miElevation gain114 ftRoute typeLoop
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A walking tour through two parks Gold Bar and Capilano Parks share a border and a very pleasant riverside walk. Gold Bar Park was created in September 24, 1973, and its main industrial tenant is the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant handles the wastewater requirements for over 820,000 people in the greater Edmonton area. It is a world class facility yet it manages to co-exsist well with the parks surrounding its boundaries. Capilano Park was established in 1964 and both parks, like most of the parks in the region, have coal mining in their histories. This walk starts in the Capilano Park parking lot and takes you past the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant and down to the riverside trail. Then you loop back along the riverside and into Capilano Park through the main picnic area. As you loop around the plant and enter the riverside trails, you are on a gravel path that is very popular with residents. It is also a dog off leash area by the river, so be aware of wandering pets. Walking along the riverside, the plant is barely noticeable and you'll come to the boat launch under the pedestrian bridge. This can be a busy place with vehicles and boats always on the move. You then head uphill into Capilano Park again and entering the main picnic area. This is a nice short walk and the only place where there is elevation changes is where you re-enter Capilano Park. You can always take the road back up to the parking lot by the boat launch if you wish to avoid this.

-Bring some water -Bring your camera -Read up on the wastewater plant before heading out and you will understand what you are looking at as you pass by.Mixed paved/gravel paths -Elevation changes by the boat launch and into Capilano Park -Good quality trails. -Easy walk with the exception of the elevation change at the boat launch which can be avoided if required. -Dog off leash area on the river trails

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Megan Devries
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Gorgeous trail. Wonderful scenery right next to the river. Terrain remained interesting and gave options for skill levels. Will trek it again.

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Maura Roberts
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Rob Poppe
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Rob Poppe
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Rolando Leybag
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Nice trail for the beginners.

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Melissa Prince
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Walking

Beautiful especially in October . Surrounded with trees, quiet and peaceful!

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Sabina Gibbs
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Walking

This trail would have made 5 stars for the scenery and level of walk (for a very overweight beginer to walking for weightloss and health). But the stench is soooo horrific at times on the trail that I will not be coming back.

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Jason Scollon
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good hike with off leash area along the river

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Lois Scheerschmidt
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Mike S
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Ann Valan
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Brett Krevenchuk
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Marjorie Bain
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Guy Gordey
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Chris Anderson
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Rigel Castillo
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Tyson Lutter
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REM Robinson
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P Elkins
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James Benson
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Jenny Rrin
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Steve Lasalle
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Azor Belliveau
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Erin Unterschute
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Nichole Murphy
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Fiona Dsouza
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Brittney Hislop
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Tony Almeida
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