River Valley, Edmonton
The River Valley park system that lines both sides of the North Saskatchewan River, a pleasant stroll through the trees or in winter cross-country skiing. Autumn is always gorgeous in Edmonton and the surrounding area when the aspen and poplar trees turn to gold! The bushes with the red leaves are Red Osier dogwood.
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The valley of the North Saskatchewan River attracted early human occupation for thousands of years, with its relatively abundant resources of water, food, and wildlife.
Two fur trading posts arrived late in the 18th century, one belonging to the Hudson‘s Bay Company and the other to its rival the North West Trading Company. They were rebuilt several times before Fort Edmonton was consolidated on the site now occupied by the provincial legislative building. When the two companies merged in 1821 the fort that had been established in 1795 by the Hudson’s Bay Company, known as Edmonton House, became the trading and administrative center of the northwest. The fort traded with the Blackfoot confederacy of the Indian tribes who together with the Cree then inhabited
the land. The Canadian government advertised in foreign papers in the 1900s: “Canada has free land”>. Until 1914 hundreds of thousands of immigrants poured in from Britain, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and Poland, riding the long colonial trains that chuffed across Lake Superior’s northern shore into the Canadian West. Germans and Ukrainians were the largest ethnic groups (Ukrainian community in Edmonton itself is about 95,000); but there were many others, including Scandinavians, Russians, Poles, Austrians, Italians, and Icelanders. Immigration rose to a peak in 1914, came to standstill during World War I, and resumed at somewhat reduced rate in 1920s...
Visit the Muttart Conservatory! Its quite beautiful. There are four botanical garden pyramids located in the river valley. The glass pyramids are a landmark they feature three different climatic regions - arid, temperate and tropical climates. The fourth pyramid showcases a variety of flowers and is changed roughly each month.
Fondest memory: I went sightseeing downtown for the day. The subway is free for downtown commuting and relatively clean. The Edmonton City Hall is a must if your downtown, as well as the Provincial Legislature.