Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park is located in the heart of the river valley and shares space with the Edmonton Valley Zoo and borders Buena Vi... more »sta Park to the east. Amenities in the park include: picnic sites, power boat launch, fishing in the river, a playground, horseshoe pits, hiking and bike trails, the Valley Zoo, washrooms that are wheelchair accessible, pay phone and water tap at the amenity building
Sir Wilfrid Laurier was Canada's seventh Prime Minister and considered to be one of Canada's greatest statesmen. He served 45 years in the House of Commons and is well known for his policies of conciliation, creation of the Royal Canadian Navy, expanding Confederation, and compromise between French and English Canada. His vision for Canada was a land of individual liberty and decentralized federalism.
The Park itself can be explored in many ways. You are able to drive around the park and reach many picnic areas and the boat launch in this park is very popular. Like Hawrelak Park, you may have to share the road or paths with cars, bikes and pedestrians, so share the trails please. A nice feature of this walk is the many picnic areas that are available. Some are hidden in the trees and many are a couple feet from the riverside, so explore the area and find a new favourite spot.
The trail itself is a mix of paved and gravel trails, but it is in great shape and a mostly level walk with no steep grades. The views along the riverbank are not to be missed. You can also access the trail over to the Quesnell Bridge and over to Fort Edmonton Park, but there is ongoing construction on the bridge which is projected to be completed by the fall of 2011.
If you do head down to the park with the kids, make sure to stop at the Edmonton Valley Zoo and enjoy over 350 different kinds of animals and plenty of programs designed for kids. less «