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A new accidental beach emerged along the North Saskatchewan River and near the Cloverdale neighbourhood in 2017 and 2018. It emerged due to LRT construction of the Tawatinâ LRT bridge, an existing sandbar downstream, low water levels and flow. 

Although short in duration, the beach was a popular destination for citizens.

The City is unsure whether the beach will re-emerge in 2021. Online notifications will be updated to reflect its condition.


Accessing the Beach

Please exercise caution when accessing the area. Due to high water levels the area has experienced erosion. Entry points to the beach are not maintained recreational trails. Altering or disrupting the riverbank is prohibited as this contributes to erosion and instability.

Traffic Safety Measures

The following measures will be in place for traffic and pedestrian safety awareness:

  • Speed displays to notify drivers of a reduced speed limit zone and to improve speed compliance
  • Zebra pedestrian crosswalk markings and yellow flex posts along the centre line on either side of the standard marked crosswalk at 96 Street

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Refer to the Government of Alberta's Physical Distancing Guidelines.


Public parking is available in the following areas:

  • Northside of 98A Avenue for two hours between 8am-10pm Monday to Friday during May-September.
  • Roadways adjacent to green spaces along the southern portion of the neighbourhood (Gallagher Park, Cloverdale Community League and adjacent to the Bennett Centre) 

Using the Beach

Citizens can use the beach at their own risk. Please stay at least two metres apart from others. Swimming is not recommended and may pose a drowning hazard. There may be other hazards like debris in the sand or water, rapidly changing water levels, strong or unpredictable currents, and water may not meet recreational water quality guidelines. There are no lifeguards on duty or life saving equipment available. 

Temporary Amenities

Portable toilets and additional garbage cans are available on the maintained trail near the beach.


Peace Officers, Park Rangers and Edmonton Police Service will be actively patrolling the area.

Please respect the surrounding parkland, pick up after yourself and be a good neighbour!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are fires allowed on the beach?

No, fires are not allowed and all bylaws pertaining to fires apply.

Are pets allowed on the beach?

Yes, dogs are allowed on the beach as long as they are on a leash.  

Be a responsible pet owner by complying with all animal bylaws.
Cleaning up after your pet isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the law.

Can I bring alcohol to the beach?

No, alcohol is not allowed on the beach. Consumption of alcohol is only permitted at designated picnic sites.


Map of Accidental Beach
Accidental Beach
Edmonton, Alberta

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online

If you are calling from outside of Edmonton: 780-442-5311



TTY 780-944-5555

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