Edmonton’s Mechanized River Valley Access won the 2020 National Urban Design Award of Excellence in Civic Design! Its award-winning allure comes from a combination of built structures, open spaces, and public art—as well as how it makes the river valley more accessible for everyone.
The multi-million-dollar project connects the top of 100 Street in downtown Edmonton (near the Hotel Macdonald, 10065-100 St.) to Louise McKinney Park. Inside a fully enclosed glass funicular, up to 20 riders can ride down to a lookout point where they can enjoy breathtaking views of the expansive parkland. From there, riders have the option to take either the stairs or an elevator down to the park. Whether you’re just joyriding or need a fast way down that will accommodate a mobility aid, stroller, or bicycle, the funicular is a great way to get around and is free to everyone, at just the push of a button.