Although I wouldn’t call it hidden, Grant Notley Park is definitely a gem. When considering Edmonton’s abundant and beautiful natural areas, I was drawn to a place that for me evoked happy memories. This small park located at the top of Victoria Park Road is just one block from my office and I consider it a privilege to see it nearly every day. This space has offered me a perfect place to recharge and briefly escape to nature during the workday.
The park offers some of the best views of our beautiful city including the downtown skyline, North Saskatchewan River, Victoria golf course and the university. It’s a wonderful place to watch the seasons change and although lovely in winter and summer, it truly shines in vibrant green and gold. There are many places to sit quietly in the park and if you watch, you will notice birds, bees, butterflies and even chipmunks. There are stairs and paths that connect you to Victoria Park and the river valley below, making it part of the longest stretch of urban parkland in North America.
And like most natural areas, there is always something different to observe. This week in June, the wild rose was in fragrant full bloom and the caterpillars had been busy in the poplar trees. Grant Notley Park is easy to access and enjoyed by many. It’s truly a great escape in the heart of the city.
Edmonton Master Naturalist 2015