Just before you enter the woods at the east end of Emily Murphy Park, note the signage on the right. This path is part of the Forest Capital Trail. Because the trail is so close to the river, it is easy to imagine the fur traders in their York boats paddling downstream all the way to Fort York on Hudson Bay. This river continues to be extremely important because the river and its watershed bring beauty and life to our city. It supplies drinking water to the residences in Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park and many other neighbouring communities.
You will pass a concrete building that houses an air-conditioning plant. Most of the building is built into the bank with only a grass field visible. The two concrete platforms out in the middle of the river pump river water into the plant to supply air conditioning to university buildings, including the University Hospital. The path heads up the hill between the plant and an enclosed woodlot that is used as a study area by the university’s botany department.