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Mill Creek Ravine, Trestle Bridge and Pool

High Level Bridge by Irina Kruglyakova
High Level Bridge
Sketch by Irina Kruglyakova, no date

Edmonton’s bridges are among our most familiar built heritage landmarks along the North Saskatchewan River Valley and in the city’s ravines. 

Mill Creek Ravine, Trestle Bridge and Pool

Mill Creek Pool by Karen Wall
Mill Creek Pool 
Sketch by Karen Wall, 22 June 2014

Encompassing the non-residential neighbourhoods of Mill Creek Ravine North and South, the ravine winds from Connors Road to Argyll Road. It leads down to Mill Creek, named after a flour mill established by Métis businessman William Bird in 1878. Originally this area was integral to industry, including the mill, a railway, and meatpacking plants before being reclaimed as a green space. The park’s outdoor swimming pool, built in the mid-1950s, is still a popular recreational spot in the summer time.

The ravine is a haven for those looking to enjoy the outdoors without leaving the city. The trees here include white spruce, birch, aspen, and balsam poplar. Wildlife includes many birds ranging from the owl to the nuthatch as well as animals such as rabbits and coyotes. 

Mill Creek Trestle Bridge by Joanne Wojtysiak
Mill Creek Trestle Bridge
Sketch by Joanne Wojtysiak, 2 August 2018

The Mill Creek Trestle Bridge is one of the last pieces of physical evidence of the Edmonton, Yukon and Pacific Railway, which first connected Strathcona and Edmonton. The rail line was built from 1900 to 1902, and the bridge that spanned Mill Creek remains in its original location, parallel to 76 Avenue. 

Since the late 1970s, the bridge has been a pedestrian and biking bridge. Designated in 2004 as a Municipal Historic Resource, it underwent a major rebuilding in 2018, with 25% of original wood utilised in the restoration.

Mill Creek Trestle Bridge by Irina Kruglyakova
Mill Creek Trestle Bridge 
Sketch by Irina Kruglyakova, 4 August 2018

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