Emily Murphy was a prominent suffragist and reformer. In 1917, she spearheaded the fight to have women declared "persons" in Canada... more » and eligible to serve in the Senate. Her group met in 1927, and signed her petition to the Supreme Court of Canada. After an initial defeat, Murphy and her colleagues finally received the answer on October 18, 1929, where the Privy Council ruled that women are "persons" and can serve in the Senate.
This walk starts and ends in Emily Murphy Park. As you go, you will be passing through some other great parks and trails. Parking and access to the trails is easy in Emily Murphy Park and there are public restrooms available. After a short trip through the picnic areas, you will enter the Forest Capital Trail system that was established in 1994. This is a great walk through the trees with the North Saskatchewan on your left and many spots to take pictures of the river or of downtown.
As you pass the trail section you will find yourself under the Dudley B. Menzies Bride, more commonly known as the LRT bridge. It was opened in 1989 and came complete with a great pedestrian crossing to the north side of the river. From the bridge you get fantastic views of the high level bridge and the river valley.
Exiting the bridge, you find yourself on the paved pathways that make up the bottom half of Victoria Park. This very popular stretch of trail is a favourite of the lunch crowd who can access the park from a number of different downtown locations. Down the path you will cross the street and climb onto the Groat Bridge which was built in 1955 and spans 1,035 feet. Pedestrian walkways on the bridge make it a safe transit and a great spot for photos. On the other side of the span, you will see the boat launch in Emily Murphy Park and the wooden staircase leading back into the park and our finish point.
This is a great walking/jogging/biking trail with minimal elevation changes. It is also a great photo tour of the river and downtown Edmonton. less «