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River Access Strategy

A 10-year River Access Strategy is being developed to define locations and regulations around building water-side infrastructure and amenities within the City of Edmonton to enhance enjoyment of the North Saskatchewan River by existing and future users.

The strategy will balance environmental stewardship with encouraging a broader appreciation for activities on the river and in the river valley.

Project Overview

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

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

The River Access strategy will provide development guidelines for current and future infrastructure including boat docks and launches and supporting amenities (access roads, connecting trails, parking lots, storage facilities, and associated amenities) in the North Saskatchewan River Valley to balance environmental stewardship while encouraging a broader appreciation for activities on the river and in the river valley.

The strategy will be designed to a 10 year time horizon for guiding implementation.

The River Access Strategy working group is presently compiling results from the River Access Principles Survey which closed July 25, 2014​. Input gathered from this survey, as well as from river users and other stakeholders, will help determine the principles that will guide and inform future access to and use of the North Saskatchewan River. The results this survey will be posted this fall.

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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