20+ Scenic Lookouts You Should Visit in Edmonton

Where do you even begin when it comes to looking for and finding the best views in Edmonton? It can be a little overwhelming; the North Saskatchewan winds all throughout the city and is surrounded by lush greenery; our downtown skyline rises above the river; and many structures exist around the city to help enhance these views.

Gallagher Park Hill

 

As you drive along Connors Road, you are greeted by a magnificent view of the downtown skyline with the Muttart Conservatory sitting in the forefront. Beyond the road there is a ski hill and Gallagher Park- most famous for hosting the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. The Festival draws in thousands of people of all ages for an outdoor celebration of music and art. The Folk Fest is likely hosted here because of the awesome view you can take in while you enjoy the music. But all throughout the year, you can enjoy the downtown, Legislature Grounds, and Muttart views from the Hill via the Edmonton Ski Club parking lot or the Kâhasinîskâk Pedestrian Bridge, which offers its own set of views.

9505 96 Ave. NW (Directions)

Strathearn Drive ‘Downtown Lookout’

At the top of Connors Road you can head north on Strathearn Drive for another great downtown view. The benches sit atop a steep hill from which you can see almost all of Downtown as well as lush treetops and the Muttart Conservatory in the river valley neighbourhoods below. This is an easy lookout to find, and there are benches along Strathearn Drive so you can stop, pause, and enjoy this incredible view.

92 St. and Strathearn Dr. NW (Directions)

Floden Park

Getting most of Edmonton in one shot creates for some incredible photos, and you can experience this type of view at Floden Park. The lookout sits over a bend in the river with forefront views of the river valley and the Capilano footbridge, and a background including Edmonton’s downtown skyline. There are trails and benches along the park where Ada Boulevard turns into 111 Avenue NW.

4209 111 Ave. NW (Directions)

 

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Top of the Grandview Stairs

The wide view you’ll encounter after climbing this large staircase is not so much of the North Saskatchewan River, but more of its grand banks near Whitemud Drive. The view faces north west and can be enjoyed all year-round. At the bottom of the staircase, you can follow a short trail to Whitemud Park and Creek.

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Keillor Point/The End of the World

As the former Directions of Keillor Road, and river valley-facing homes, the Keillor Point lookout offers spectacular views of the North Saskatchewan bending through Edmonton. You can access the lookout, also known as the End of the World, via a set of stairs off the Saskatchewan Dr. sidewalk, or a grassy/snowy path from the same sidewalk. The fenced-in area takes you onto a former part of the old road, making you feel as though you’re at the end of the world.

7433 Saskatchewan Dr. NW, Edmonton (Directions)

 

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Top of the Wolf Willow Stairs

From the tope of this large staircase, you’ll be able to see the forested ravine which separates the river from the Wolf Willow neighbourhood. The staircase faces the Fort Edmonton Foot Bridge and a steep incline toward the North Saskatchewan, a scenic ravine bridge, and sandy riverside areas. The bottom of the stairs is part of the river valley’s extensive system which can take you north, south, or east across the river via the Foot Bridge.

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Whitemud Road in Riverbend

Along Whitemud Road you can see from where Riverbend receives its name: a large and drastic bend in the North Saskatchewan River. This west-facing cliff location is a pretty sunset spot, and most easily accessed by foot. There is not a lot of parking directly beside the wide-open viewing area, but you can park about a block down near a paved biking path.

Whitemud Rd. NW

Belgravia Off-leash area

 

This stunning and very dog-friendly viewpoint looks west over the Whitemud Equestrian Park, Fox Drive, and the North Saskatchewan. You can see as far as the Whitemud Dr. bridge and the large bend in the water after. There are multiple benches closer to the slope at the other end of a large off-leash dog park.

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The Promenade (Boulevard)

During each season, this riverside sidewalk offers something a little different. In winter, the densely treed areas below are a stark white, then come spring, the area is in a colourful bloom of reds, greens, whites, and pinks. Come summer, you can watch kayakers and rafters float by in the distances and see the greenest urban park spaces in Canada. And in the fall, you can witness even more colour varieties in the trees as the leaves turn. The benches face south, so you see the sun set over the river in the west or rise over the river to the east.

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Betty Stanhope-Cole Park

No matter the direction you look on Ada Boulevard, you are met with gorgeous views from the old, restored houses as well as the river to the south, and downtown to the west. From this Ada Blvd. Park, your best view is the lush forest surrounding the river. There are two benches, and a paved path running beside the park. The view also overlooks the Highlands Golf Course.

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Grant Notley Park

At this location, you can enjoy scenic views and equally as pretty photo backdrops, as well as plenty of places to sit and rest, or enjoy your river valley views. The Park has a bright blue and light pink gazebo, several benches, and a large grassy area great for picnics. From here you can see the High Level Bridge, the south portion of downtown, and a lush, forested valley.

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Rowland Park Lookout

If you’re looking for one of the best views of downtown Edmonton’s skyline, then park your car at McNally Highschool, or access the lookout via the park’s many trails. The skyline is enjoyable day or night, and during any season. On top of the downtown view, you can also see the forested river valley, Dawson Bridge, and Forest Heights Park.

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St. George’s Crescent

This amazing sunset viewing spot is in the neighbourhood of Glenora a few minutes west of downtown. As you approach the open grassy area you will uncover a steep cliff (behind a barrier), and a view unlike any other in the city: from here while looking east, you can see the High Level bridge, parts of the downtown skyline, the Walter Dale Bridge, and the U of A grounds. Looking west from here offers a contrasting view of the peaceful river valley with no buildings in sight.

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Summit Pointe – Griesbach Central Park

Very few viewpoints allow you to see a city all at once. But at Summit Pointe in the Castle Downs/Griesbach area, you can do just that. Summit Pointe brings you high above the city and faces south, allowing you to take in downtown, numerous neighbourhoods, and the tops of Edmonton’s lush parklands.

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Terwillegar Park Footbridge

 

The unique architecture of this south Edmonton footbridge is a sight to see (and photograph) on its own. You can quickly access the bridge from Terwillegar Park, but if you’re looking for a longer walk (or bike, or jog, or ski), begin your adventure at Wolf Willow Ravine and follow the trail south until you see the bridge. The bridge is well-lit at night, and multiple benches so you can stop and enjoy this wonderful view.

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Fort Edmonton Footbridge

The Fort Edmonton and Wolf Willow area in central Edmonton offers beautiful views all around, but for a close-up look of our river, you can centre yourself on the Fort Edmonton Foot Bridge. From here you can look out to the tall and forested banks above, or the rushing waters below. The bridge itself is a wonderful backdrop to pictures and videos, and can take you to the Wolf Willow Ravine on the west side of the river, or to Fort Edmonton Park and the Talus Dome to the east.

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Anthony Henday Footbridge (from Cameron Heights Dr. or Heath Park)

You will genuinely appreciate the vast size of the North Saskatchewan River from this bridge, where you can see large cliff overhangs, rushing rapids, and forest on both sides. There are two convenient trails to the bridge from either side of the river. The first is south on the trail from Heath Road Park accessed via a paved path crossing Heath Road NW. The second access point is from the trail beginning on E.L. Smith Road NW.

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Edmonton Funicular – 360-Degree Views

Via the funicular, you can get a moving view of the river valley through the outdoor elevator’s all-glass exterior. At mid-level, follow the boardwalk to the Frederick G. Todd Lookout, where the walkway extends out over the tops of the trees below. This south-facing viewpoint also provides stunning views of the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, the Low Level Bridge, and much of south Edmonton.

9931 Grierson Hill NW (Directions)

 

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River Valley Swing

You can find some hidden treasures along the banks of North Saskatchewan that help enhance the already scenic views over the river. Down the river banks from Concordia University is the infamous River Valley Swing of Edmonton. It is posted as a Google Maps Directions, and is easily accessed via river valley trails. You can start at Ada Boulevard, Kinnaird Park, or Capilano Park. These trails are suited to hiking and biking, and cross-country-skiing in the winter.

10843-10727 75 Street NW (Directions)

Brandy’s Landing

The swing at Brandy’s Landing is currently dismantled, but we have high hopes that it will return once the river completely thaws. Even without the swing, this southwest river valley lookout is a peaceful and quiet place that offers a bench and multiple vantage points of the river. There are a few steep climbs you’ll encounter on your walk, so non-slip footwear is a must (no flip-flops!).

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The Hill at Walter Dale Bridge

Edmonton’s skyline almost became complete when the Walter Dale Bridge updates were complete. From the hill on the bridge’s south side, you can get a view of downtown Edmonton combined with the parks, the river valley, and the towering Walter Dale Bridge. This view is especially brilliant at night when the Walter Dale bridge, High Level Bridge, and downtown together provide a showing of colourful light displays.

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Strathcona Science Park

Get the full picture of Edmonton’s beauty from this east-side park, and possibly take a hike or bike around the park’s many trails. From the park’s benches you can take in the colourful river valley, a distant downtown skyline, and skyscapes which can be breathtaking on certain days. As the lookout area faces west, you can take in a sunset after an afternoon of enjoying the park.

8650 17 St. NW, Strathcona County

 

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High Level Streetcar

Take in the Edmonton skyline from up close and while over the river! The High Level Streetcar trip begins in the popular neighbourhood of Old Strathcona and brings riders over the North Saskatchewan River from towering heights. From here you can see the river rush below you, the University to the south, and downtown to the north. The Streetcar is run by the Edmonton Radial Railway Society and operates from spring to fall.

Gateway Boulevard at 84 Ave. (depart from here)


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