This hike takes begins by Concordia University College of Alberta, down the connecting trail system to the western side of the... more » Highlands Hiking Trail and through Kinnaird Park.
There is ample parking along Ada Blvd where you can access the staircase leading down to the river valley or the paved bike path a little further down the road. You will head down the stairs and skirt along the edge of the Highlands Golf Club before passing through a gate which brings you under the Capilano Bridge and onto the trail.
The Highlands Hiking Trail is a favorite of residents and is a off leash area for pets. It provides great access to the riverside and views of downtown as you move along. It is a very relaxing spot with plenty of places for photography.
As you exit the Highlands Trail, you enter Kinnaird Park. Formally known as Rat Creek Ravine, it is now named after George L. Kinnaird (1857-1922) who was a pioneer Edmonton civil servant. In 1900 he became Edmonton's town clerk, and advanced to become city commissioner. In 1910, he established an accounting firm, and in 1915 was appointed auditor for the city. The official name change for the Ravine and park was approved in 1967.
The walk through Kinnaird Park is an enjoyable one with picnic tables and great city views. It is a popular trail system, which also has its own Facebook page. The Friends of the Kinnaird Ravine keeps people connected and up to date on happenings in the park. An interesting feature of this Park is that it was constructed to be accessible for the blind, with raised wooden rails on the gravel paths and trail markers in braille. These features are still there, but have fallen out of use.
On your way along the trail, you will pass an outcropping which resembes a mini Hoodoo formation, but is actually a bentonite outcrop. If you carry on down the path, you will enter Dawson Park. Heading back and reaching the junction point, you begin to climb up out of the park and can either take the staircase back to Ada Blvd or use the paved switchback road. Either way, this is a pleasant walk. less «