The Current Normal – September 24, 2020 Walk – (Part 5) McKinnon Ravine

The MacKinnon Ravine starts at 149 Street and runs down to the river. It is named after James Angus MacKinnon (October 4, 1881 to April 18, 1958), a Canadian politician from Edmonton, whos served as a Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister (1935-49) and Senator (1949-58).


In the 1960s, a proposal was put forth to build a freeway through the MacKinnon Ravine to speed the flow of traffic from the West side of the city to downtown. The ravine was actually cleared and some grade and underground work was done, before Edmonton’s version of the freeway revolts that took place across Canada and internationally managed to stop the process. The partially developed land languished for a few years before a paved path and landscaping was installed. It now provides a broad path along the North bank of the river with numerous seating areas and picnic tables. From time to time other paths shoot off up the North bank leading to residential areas and other ravines.

On this day, we were glad it was not a freeway.

All photos taken September 24, 2020

Planting is now reestablished along the river bank.
So much nicer than a freeway.
One of the many shady sitting areas along the river.
Bank Beaver swimming down stream to his home in the riverbank.
Walking a trail less travelled.
We climbed up high on a hill for our picnic stop. This view looks back East to the U of A.
The view West and South shows a bend in the river. Across the river is the Royal Mayfair Golf and Country Club, where Patty and I had our first date in December 1975.
Our fellow hikers look so far away….but the wasps were close as we raced to complete our picnic
Panorama shot
Shining waters
One poplar still has all its leaves as it is sheltered from the winds by this spruce tree.
Golden leaves trembling in the breeze
This is a now closed path, which we used to walk on previous anniversaries. It heads South towards Laurier Park.
A good way to see the river valley.
Looking North to the sandy river banks and Ramsay Ravine trail.
The sparkles on the water shimmer in the breeze.
Old persons’ selfie.
Heading back East.
The canoeists caught up to us.
and so did our friend, the beaver
Physical distancing at its finest.

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After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

14 thoughts on “The Current Normal – September 24, 2020 Walk – (Part 5) McKinnon Ravine

    1. Thanks Bernie. Much as we love the treed river valley, there is something about this area with its openness, views of the river and rolling hills that is quite appealing. Many thanks for reading and commenting. Allan


    1. For sure. Also a great place for a picnic. We had picked up a sabzi wrap to share. Lots of picnic tables well spaced. It was great until the wasps found us. Who knew that they liked Indian cuisine. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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    1. Glad we managed a walk in the good weather, as all is grey and dull these past few days. Have not seen a bank beaver in this river before. Good to see the wildlife. Thanks on the selfie as old folks tend to be challenged in taking selfies. Thanks for reading Lori and hope all is well with you. Allan

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  1. I’m so glad that beautiful scenery wasn’t ruined with a freeway running through it. I know that traffic is a problem sometimes and that people need to get to where they have to go, but sometimes other things are just more important!

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