The Strathcona Riverside Nature Trail was built in 2008 through the efforts of the River Valley Alliance(RVA), Alberta Lottery Fund,... more » 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. Until that connectivity happens, it is an orphan trail, but a very pleasant walk with little change in elevation.
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 this 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.
This is a short, but enjoyable walk which takes about an hour to complete end to end. In time, we may see increased connectivity on both ends of this trail, but until then enjoy this quiet walk through the trees and remember to look up. less «