William Hawrelak Park Riverside Walk

MODERATE 7 reviews
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William Hawrelak Park Riverside Walk is a 5.1 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. 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
5.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
118 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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 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. 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.

trail running
1 month ago

great run with gorgeous scenery, I extended an extra 2km by not turning at back into the park at the bridge.

I continued straight on the path south and ran to the stairs going up to groat road and then down the hill back into the park.

walking
1 month ago

hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This was a fantastic trail! Well maintained, lots of friendly people and wildlife too! Will be going back again soon!!

4 months ago

walking
5 months ago

From site 2 there is a great loop along the river that is zoned for off leash dog walking. This loop crosses an open area dog park as week. If you want to feel out of the city stay along the river.