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Out of Service Notice: November 26 to mid-December
The funicular will be out of service for enhancement work to improve accessibility and safety. 

The Mechanized River Valley Access project makes the river valley more accessible to people of all ages and abilities. It runs from the top of 100 Street near the Hotel Macdonald to the river valley trail system near the low level bridge.

Funicular Improvements

Edmonton’s Funicular will be out of service for enhancement work to improve accessibility and safety. Work is scheduled to begin after the Grey Cup championship game and will take approximately three weeks to complete. Improvements include:

  • Installation of a heating loop in the door sill to prevent ice formation at the lower doors

  • Installation of a glass roof over the lower doors to help reduce issues during winter weather

  • Installation of surface raised markers, handrails, and graphic signage at the staircase for people with visual impairments

  • Modified bike rails on the urban stair and elevator staircase to improve use

All the above work will be undertaken within the approved project funding.

Components of the Project

The Promontory (Top Platform)

The platform allows users to take advantage of the amazing views from the top of the bank near the Hotel Macdonald.

The Stairs

A place to linger, to stop and sit, or to get in your daily workout. There is a bike rail for cyclists that runs the length of the stairs.

The 100 Street Funicular

With plenty of space for wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, and bikes, the glass-enclosed funicular descends from the top of the bank to the promenade above the valley floor. It fits up to 20 people.

The Promenade

It includes a grassy seating area with benches and an art piece called Turbulent inspired by the unique water patterns of the North Saskatchewan River and created by Jill Anhold, based in Vancouver.

The Bridge

Connecting the promenade to the lookout, the bridge provides safe passage across Grierson Hill Road.

The Frederick G. Todd Lookout

A glass railing and built-in seating allows a seamless way to take in the flow of the river and the downtown skyline.

The Elevator

From the bridge, an elevator and a staircase will connect the Mechanized River Valley Access to the existing trail system and Louise McKinney Park, the Low Level Bridge, and the Rossdale/River Crossing area. It holds up to 10 people.

Mechanized access will create a new destination in our city: an innovative, barrier-free system that will allow people to enjoy both our vibrant downtown and our amazing river valley within minutes.


The $24 million project budget was funded by the River Valley Alliance supported by the provincial and federal governments, and the City of Edmonton.

On June 23, 2015, City Council approved the construction of this project. Construction began in March 2016, and was completed early December 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is it?

The total length of the walk from the start of the promontory, down the urban stair, across the promenade and pedestrian bridge, and down the stairs beside the elevator to the bottom landing is approximately 260 m (850 feet).

What are the funicular hours of operation?

The funicular is open daily from 7 am to 9 pm.

What are the elevator hours of operation?

The elevator is open daily from 7am to 9pm.

What are the rest of site hours of operation?

The rest of the site, including the promontory, stairs, promenade, bridge and lookout are open daily from 5am to 11pm.

Are there washrooms?

There are no washrooms on site, but there are washrooms located in the Louise McKinney amenity building, open 9am to dusk.

How does the funicular operate?

The funicular does not require an operator and functions like an elevator. 

Is the funicular heated or cooled?

The funicular is not heated or cooled.

Is there music?

There is no music in the funicular.

Are service animals allowed?

Service animals are welcome.

Is the site well lit?

The whole site is lit. There are lights inside the funicular, on the stairs, promontory and promenade.

What if there is an emergency in the funicular?

There is an emergency intercom system available in case of an emergency.


Daily: 7am-9pm

Christmas Day: 11am-5pm


For More Information

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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