Photo-worthy viewpoints in the river valley

A favourite part of travel for many people is finding great views – maybe views you’ve seen previously shared on Instagram or the internet –  and capturing them with a camera to savour the memory forever. Of course, this year is not a normal summer for travel, and maybe you’re left craving those views and Instagram-worthy spots. The truth is, there’s no better time to explore your own backyard, and the Edmonton region river valley is home to a multitude of great views and vistas. With the help of our staff, ambassadors and photographer friends, we’ve put together a list of some of the best viewpoints the river valley has to offer. 


Saskatchewan Drive

This is one of my favourite skyline view points in the city.  It’s on Saskatchewan Dr and approximately 105 st. There is a small park with benches and walking trails along Saskatchewan Dr and down into the river valley below. – Harmony Wolgemuth (@coffee_and_baileys)

Walterdale Bridge

“I’m obsessed with this bridge, I take pictures of it every time I pass by on a run.” – Daniella San-Martin Feeney (@daniellasmf)

McNally Lookout/Forest Heights Park

“One of my favourite views of the skyline. I love how the river winds in front of it, and the gorgeous blue Dawson Bridge is another highlight.” – Arielle Demchuk (@d_chuk314)


St George’s Crescent in Glenora 

This east facing view is amazing for sunrise. A beautiful little spot in the heart of Glenora on St George’s Crescent. – Harmony Wolgemuth (@coffee_and_baileys)


Capilano Viewpoint

This is another favourite for me – sunsets, storms or sunny afternoons, this viewpoint on Hardisty Drive never disappoints. – Harmony Wolgemuth (@coffee_and_baileys)

Ada Boulevard Viewpoint

Ada Blvd is the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll, dog walk or bike ride and the views from the little park on 75 st and Ada Blvd are beautiful in every season. – Harmony Wolgemuth (@coffee_and_baileys)


Whitemud Ravine

Whitemud Ravine is home to many little viewpoints, whether it’s a bridge around the corner or the reflection of tall trees in the water. – Bryce Joyce (@brycejoyce)

Strathcona County

Riverside Nature Trail Bench

There’s something super peaceful about the view of this bench looking onto the field on this trail in Strathcona County. – Bryce Joyce (@brycejoyce)

River views on Riverside Nature Trail

The banks are less steep on this section of trail which puts you right up close to the river, and on a clear day the river can reflect the blue sky.  – Bryce Joyce (@brycejoyce)

What are your favourite viewpoints in the river valley? Any we missed? Send us an email and let us know!