Strathcona Riverside Nature Trail

EASY 4 reviews
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Strathcona Riverside Nature Trail is a 7.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Strathcona County, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
134 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Strathcona Riverside Nature Trail was built in 2008 through the efforts of the River Valley Alliance (RVA), Alberta Lottery Fund, Strathcona County and the Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission. The RVA plan of action calls for the construction of a pedestrian footbridge to cross the river at the western trailhead and then connecting the east end of the trail to the south side of Fort Saskatchewan. The trail runs approx. 3.9 kilometres alongside the North Saskatchewan River until the exit road at Range Road 232. This is a pet and bike friendly trail, and it winds through the trees for the first half-mile before you begin to get increased views of the river and the surrounding countryside. This is a bare bones trail with no public amenities, but the real treasure on the route is the wildlife. You can expect to see deer, coyotes, rabbits and a wide variety of birds, ducks and geese on your walk. Halfway through the walk you may see a nesting pair of bald eagles. You pass directly beneath their nest as they keep a watchful eye on your passing. Not long after you pass the eagle's nest, you will come to an area of the trail which is covered by deadfall, courtesy of some busy beavers. Not difficult to get through under normal conditions, but if you are on a bike or have some mobility issues, this short part of the trail could prove to be a challenge.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Very disappointed as well!!!! The trail starts in the middle of no where and ends in the middle of no where. It is not maintained---most of it you cannot even tell it is a trail. It doesn't appear to come anywhere close to Fort Saskatchewan. There was only 3 brief areas where you could see the river. Stathcona County you fail big time if this is your idea of a contribution to the TransCanada Trail!!!!???? NO STARS the review forced me to give a star to post.

geocaching
3 months ago

Very disappointed.

hiking
9 months ago

Just completed this trail with a 10 year old as a 5 year old. Easy, packed trail. Eagles nest was active! Markers along the trail are nice. Did route A-B-C, which was only 5.5km. Kid friendly, easy trail. Recommended!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

This was the first time exploring this trail. It is a great walk on a warm winter day! Good boots a must! The trail was well packed for walking, snowshoes or X-country skiers. However, deeper snow is just off the main path and can make walking more challanging. Wonderful and numerous animal tracks everywhere(but did not see many animals this day). Great views of the river and some hearty ducks that have found some open water to paddle in. We were able to find the eagle nest and many others along the path. Looking forward to a revisit in the warmer months.