Length: ~ 3.5 km round trip, 45 minutes to 1 hour
Trail condition: Rolling hills (some steep), wide dirt/gravel path
Dogs: Allowed off-leash except at lookout point, where they must be on-leash.
Parking: Hawrelak Park Site #2.
Before it was renovated by the City of Edmonton, Keillor Point was known colloquially as the “End of the World”, a popular lookout area on top of large pillars left behind from an old retaining wall. Now, the viewing area is much safer and easily accessible for a great panoramic view of the river valley. Instead of driving straight to Keillor Point, make this lookout the high point of a little river valley trail trek by starting at Hawrelak Park, and enjoy a gorgeous and peaceful forested trail along the way.
If travelling by car, park at Hawrelak Park Site #2. When driving around the one-way ring road in Hawrelak Park, this is towards the end near the skating pond. A sign indicates you are at Site #2 and you will see an amenity building that includes picnic tables and public washrooms.
- Follow the trail from the parking lot past the picnic site’s amenity building.
- Follow the trail heading southwest towards the Buena Vista/Hawrelak Park Footbridge.
- Before you reach the bridge, go left onto the dirt trail. At this point, the trail becomes off-leash.
- Follow the trail southwards for 1.6 km. There are some sections where it splits, but these are mostly trails created by cyclists for single track routes, or to get a closer look at the river. If you do stray off the main trail, it will connect back eventually.
- You will go up and down some big hills. If attempting this trail in winter or after a rainfall and there’s a lot of mud, be careful you don’t slip!
- At 1.6 km, the trail heads upwards and connects you with Saskatchewan Drive and 75 Ave in the Belgravia neighbourhood. Follow the signage to continue down to the Keillor Point lookout.
- Enjoy the view, take some pictures, and head back to Hawrelak Park the same way you came!