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River Access Strategy

North Saskatchewan River valley

A 10-year river access strategy is being developed to define locations and guidelines around building riverside amenities within Edmonton. This will enhance enjoyment of the North Saskatchewan River for existing and future users. This strategy will balance environmental stewardship with encouraging a broader appreciation for activities on the river and in the river valley.

Project Timeline

Spring 2016 River Access Strategy Final Report 
Spring 2015  Approval of Principles and Strategies 
Jun - Jul 2014

Guiding Principles Online Survey

Guiding Principles Survey Summary Report

Jun 2014  Guiding Principles Stakeholder Review 
Apr - May 2014 

River Usage and Attitudes Online Survey

River Usage and Attitudes Survey Summary Report

Dec 2013 / Jan 2014

Initial Stakeholder Consultation

River Access Strategy Facilitated Sessions Overview 


Project Overview

The North Saskatchewan River valley is one of North America’s largest urban parks. Stewardship of this resource is important to Edmontonians. Access to the river and its valley is essential to Edmonton’s quality of life.

Within Edmonton's city limits, the banks of the North Saskatchewan River include many parks, natural areas, trails, and amenities including boating facilities, launches, hand launches and docks. These features are owned by the City and designed for use by the public, partner groups and Emergency Response.

The River Access Strategy will establish guiding principles and guidelines to inform the development and location of all river-based infrastructure and supporting amenities. Its goal will be to balance environmental stewardship while encouraging a broader appreciation for activities on or near the river.

The Guiding Principles Survey, which closed July 25, 2014, gathered input from river users and other stakeholders, and will help determine the guiding principles of the overall strategy.

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For more information:

Park & Facility Development

PO Box 2359
12th Floor CN Tower
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email CMSParkAndFacilityDevelopment@edmonton.ca