Just below Alberta Government House and the Royal Provincial Museum is a ribbon of green that takes people into Government House Park ... more »and the river's edge.
Government House was built in 1913, and was home to Alberta's Lieutenant Governor. Now it plays host to many high level government guests and events. The historical significance of Government House is fostered by the Government House Foundation, consisting of 12 volunteers appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
The Royal Alberta Museum was originally opened in 1967 as the Provincial Museum of Alberta. On May 24, 2005, the name of the museum was changed to the Royal Alberta Museum when Queen Elizabeth II graciously consented to assign the designation 'Royal' to the Museum during her visit for the Alberta Centennial. It is one of the top tourist destinations in the area. It is a beautiful building and there are plans in place to build a new museum downtown, so enjoy the current museum while you can.
There is parking right at the park itself and there are lookout points and picnic areas scattered the length of the park. If you carry on down the trail system, you will enter the MacKinnon Ravine Park and Buena Vista Park and trail system. Heading back there is construction happening currently to improve access and amenities in the park. This should be complete by seasons end.
Government House Park is a nice park for a visit and is a great place to relax on a hillside overlooking the river. less «