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Shutdown Notice: Monthly Maintenance
The funicular shuts down from approximately 9am to 5pm on the second Wednesday of every month for monthly maintenance. 

The Mechanized River Valley Access project makes the river valley more accessible to people of all ages and abilities. It runs from the top of 100 Street near the Hotel Macdonald to the river valley trail system near the low level bridge.

Components of the Project

The Promontory (Top Platform)

The platform allows users to take advantage of the amazing views from the top of the bank near the Hotel Macdonald.

The Stairs

A place to linger, to stop and sit, or to get in your daily workout. There is a bike rail for cyclists that runs the length of the stairs.

The 100 Street Funicular

With plenty of space for wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, and bikes, the glass-enclosed funicular descends from the top of the bank to the promenade above the valley floor. It fits up to 20 people.

The Promenade

It includes a grassy seating area with benches and an art piece called Turbulent inspired by the unique water patterns of the North Saskatchewan River and created by Jill Anhold, based in Vancouver.

The Bridge

Connecting the promenade to the lookout, the bridge provides safe passage across Grierson Hill Road.

The Frederick G. Todd Lookout

A glass railing and built-in seating allows a seamless way to take in the flow of the river and the downtown skyline.

The Elevator

From the bridge, an elevator and a staircase will connect the Mechanized River Valley Access to the existing trail system and Louise McKinney Park, the Low Level Bridge, and the Rossdale/River Crossing area. It holds up to 10 people.

Mechanized access will create a new destination in our city: an innovative, barrier-free system that will allow people to enjoy both our vibrant downtown and our amazing river valley within minutes.


The $24 million project budget was funded by the River Valley Alliance supported by the provincial and federal governments, and the City of Edmonton.

On June 23, 2015, City Council approved the construction of this project. Construction began in March 2016, and was completed early December 2017.

Monthly Maintenance

Maintenance activities include, but are not limited to, haul rope inspection, brake inspection, hydraulic inspection, mechanical systems inspection, review of safety features and programming revisions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is it?

The total length of the walk from the start of the promontory, down the urban stair, across the promenade and pedestrian bridge, and down the stairs beside the elevator to the bottom landing is approximately 260 m (850 feet).

When will the elevator/stairs be open?

The elevator will be open during regular park hours (7 am to 9 pm). The stairs will be open from 5 am to 11 pm (weather permitting).

Are there washrooms?

There are no washrooms on site, but there are washrooms located in the Louise McKinney amenity building, open 9am to dusk.

How does the funicular operate?

The funicular will not require an operator and will function like an elevator. It will only be open during the City’s park hours.

Is the funicular heated or cooled?

The funicular is not heated or cooled.

Is there music?

There is no music in the funicular.

Are service animals allowed?

Service animals are welcome.

Is the site well lit?

The whole site is lit. There are lights inside the funicular, on the stairs, promontory and promenade.

What if there is an emergency in the funicular?

There is an emergency intercom system available in case of an emergency.

Can I bring my snowmobile or other motorized recreational vehicle in the funicular?

Motorized recreational vehicles will not be allowed inside.


Daily: 7am-9pm

Christmas Day: 11am-5pm


For More Information

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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