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Starting May 28, 2021, alcohol consumption will be permitted at designated picnic sites in select River Valley parks. Look for signage permitting consumption.

Renewal construction will begin in June with anticipated completion in fall 2021. Access to roads and parking areas in the park will be unavailable during construction to ensure safety. Learn more at Emily Murphy Park Renewal.

Emily Murphy Park is located on the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River between Kinsmen Park and Hawrelak Park. The park is named after one of Edmonton's most famous citizens, women's activist Emily Murphy. Park amenities include picnic sites, a playground, boat launch and in the winter a beloved toboggan hill. Another noteworthy feature is the Forest Capital Trail that connects Kinsmen Park to Emily Murphy Park.


Park Hours 5am-11pm
Washroom 9am-9pm

Trail/Park Cautions & Closures



Map of 11904 Emily Murphy Park Road NW
11904 Emily Murphy Park Road NW
Edmonton, Alberta


  • Curb cuts to accessible picnic sites
  • Parking stalls
  • Sheltered picnic site 1 is large with paved path to the washrooms
  • Viewpoint near the river
  • Washrooms


Information about reserving picnic sites in the city.

The river is a beautifully serene location to explore.

Picnic Sites

Starting May 28, 2021 until October 11, 2021, responsible alcohol consumption will be permitted at 47 picnic sites across 7 River Valley parks. For a list of sites where consumption is permitted visit

The Government of Alberta has released a schedule for the reopening of recreation activities, which includes limited outdoor gatherings. At this time, picnic site reservation requests will only be accepted for groups of 20 people or fewer.

Reserve a Picnic Site

Site Map

Picnic Site Details

Please note: Emily Murphy Park picnic sites are not available for booking during the 2021 season. For available picnic sites, see

Emily Murphy Park has 3 picnic sites available for booking during the summer. Site #1 is also available during the winter. The park has 26 picnic tables available for drop-in (no fee) use. Additionally, reservation site tables that aren't reserved in advance can be claimed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Picnic Site Site #1 2 Site #2 Site #3
Capacity 96 48 32
Canopied Yes No No
Tables 12 6 5
BBQ Pits 1 Sheltered Grill & 1 BBQ Pit None Fire Ring (No grate)
Wood Camp Stoves 1 2 1 1
Washrooms Onsite 1/4 Block Away at Site #1 1 Block Away at Site #1
Accessible Washroom Yes, Picnic Site #1
Parking 1/4 Block Onsite
(Wheelchair accessible)
1/4 Block
(Additional fees apply)
No No No
Vehicle Access
(Additional fees apply)
Yes No No
Inflatable Play Equipment Permitted 3 Yes No No
Wheelchair Accessible Picnic Site Yes Yes No
Alcohol Consumption Permitted 4 No No No

1 You must supply your own wood
2 Winter-season reservations available
3 Terms and conditions apply
4 For a complete list of designated alcohol consumption sites visit

For More Information

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