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Emily Murphy Park

A small park with big appeal for all ages

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.6 miles / 2.5 km
Duration: 1 hour or less
Family Friendly
Overview: Emily Murphy Park is a small park, much like the woman it is named after, yet it is connected to the river valley trail system on all sides. The amenities in the park allow families to have a pleasant lunch and visit or it is a great starting point for a much longer walk, jog or bike ride.

Emily Murphy was a prominent suffragist and reformer in Alberta politics. In 1917, she spearheaded the fight to have women declared "persons" in Canada and eligible to serve in the Senate. Her group—Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and herself—met for tea at Murphy's house on August 27, 1927, and signed her petition to the Supreme Court of Canada. After an initial defeat, Murphy and her colleagues finally received a positive answer on October 18, 1929, when the Privy Council ruled that women are "persons" and can serve in the Senate.

This quiet walk takes you on a tour of Emily Murphy park and for a stroll out on the Groat Bridge for some river valley views. Emily Murphy Park is a perfect family park with many picnic areas, a restroom and a play area for the kids. The park is connected by different trails to Kinsmen Park to the east, Hawrelak Park to the west, Victoria Park to the north and up to the university district to the south.

Walking into the park, you are greeted by a statue of Emily Murphy which is located across from the large picnic area and just above on of the parking areas. On this day, the park was hosting a marathon and was quite full. Walking along the bottom trails, you quickly pass some picnic areas, the canoe launch and then up the stairs to the Groat Bridge which was built in 1955 and spans 1,035 feet. From the bridge you get amazing views of downtown Edmonton and the river valley.

Walking back into the park, you cross a treed area which is dotted with picnic tables, a kids play area and public restrooms. Across the parking lot, you find additional picnic areas and the gated entrance to the riverside trail system which takes you over to the LRT Bridge and/or Walterdale Park.

Tips: -Bring the family and enjoy exploring this pleasant park.

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Points of Interest


Emily Murphy

The welcoming statue of Emily Murphy, prominent reformer and political activist.

Beautiful trees in the park.

This park is home to many older trees and is very shaded.

Heading over to the bridge

Nice trail system in this park

Groat Bridge

The Groat Bridge was built in 1955 and is 1,035 feet in length.

Canoe launch in Emily Murphy Park

There is road access to drop off/pick up canoes just by the Groat Bridge

The Finish Line in Emily Murphy

This was the clocked finish line for the marathon

Looking down the bridge

Nice wide path on the bridge deck. You can easily squeeze walkers and bikers on the same path.

River valley viewpoint

A boater taking advantage of the beautiful morning

Looking downriver

Looking downriver with the university area on the right bank.

The connecting trails on the other side of the bridge

The trail below connects Emily Murphy Park to Victoria Park to the west or Government House park to the east.

Kids play area

A small playground for the kids to enjoy

A picnic under the trees

There are plenty of great areas to enjoy a pinic

Bathroom break!

Public restrooms which are maintained in good order by the city

Picnic tables everywhere

There are more picnic areas on the east side of the park

Large firepit

Picnic and a large fire pit area

Trailhead along the riverside

The gates leading to the riverside trails on the east side of the park. In high water or dangerous conditions, these gates will be closed by the city.

A rest area and lookout

A nice relaxing spot to rest and take in the views of the river flowing past

Baby owl

There is always wildlife to see in the river valley so long as you are watching for it.
Pictures in this guide taken by: RiverValleyAlliance

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