The 100 Street Funicular opened to the public on December 7, 2017, with the help of the River Valley Alliance, provincial and federal governments. Since opening, the funicular has increased access to the River Valley for Edmontonians and visitors and has created a landmark and connection between downtown and the River Valley. While the funicular is the prominent feature of the site, the Mechanized River Valley Access project also included the development of stairs, viewpoints, pedestrian bridge, artwork and an elevator.
Our top priority is the health and safety of Edmontonians, so the following precautions have been implemented:
Staff have resumed daily site monitoring and increased cleaning of frequently-touched surfaces
Priority boarding is given to Edmontonians who have physical disabilities as accessible transportation options are limited
Directives for Funicular Riders
We appreciate the support and cooperation of Edmontonians as we manage the COVID-19 situation together.
Practice physical distancing (at least 2 metres apart) at all times. This means 2 people maximum in the funicular, unless riders are members of the same household or cohort.
The promontory allows users to take advantage of the amazing views from the top of the bank near the Hotel Macdonald. It includes a sheltered canopy for loading onto the funicular as well as seating areas to take in the River Valley.
2. The Urban Staircase
Between 4.5 m and 7.5 m wide, the urban staircase welcomes a variety of users, from those running the stairs to those who want to sit and enjoy the view. There is also a bike rail along the stairs to accommodate cyclists.
3. The Funicular
The glass-enclosed, cable-propelled funicular is 3m x 2.2m and fits up to 20 people. It accommodates wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, and bikes, carrying them up and down the incline from the top of the bank to the promenade. It does not have an operator and functions like an elevator during park hours.
4. The Promenade
The stairs and funicular land on a promenade welcoming both through-traffic and those who want to sit and take in the views.
5. Seating Area
The promenade includes a grassy seating area with benches. The benches feature an integrated public art piece, Turbulent, adding a simple sculptural layer while offering a place for people to sit, pause, lounge or converse. Turbulent is inspired by the unique water patterns of the North Saskatchewan River.
6. Pedestrian Bridge
The pedestrian bridge provides safe passage across Grierson Hill Road. It connects the promenade to the lookout and is approximately 6m above the roadway.
7. The Lookout
The bridge gently slopes down to overlook the edge of the river. A glass railing and built-in seating allows a seamless way to take in the river to the south and the downtown skyline to the north.
8. The Elevator & Staircase
The elevator is an essential component of creating accessible, barrier-free access to the river valley. From the bridge, the elevator and staircase connect users to the existing trail system. The elevator holds up to 10 people and is open during regular park hours.
9. Connection to Existing Staircase
The bottom half of the wooden staircase linking Grierson Hill Road to the top of bank near the Hotel Macdonald is connected to the project with a path to the new promenade.
The total walk from the top of the urban stair to the bottom landing by the trails is approximately 260m (850 feet).
It functions like an elevator and doesn’t require an operator
Service animals are welcome
Lights inside the funicular, on the stairs, promontory and promenade
Emergency intercom system available
Interior cab is not heated or cooled
No motorized recreational vehicles inside (e.g. e-scooters and e-bikes)