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The Mechanized River Valley Access project makes the River Valley more accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

Mechanized access is an innovative, barrier-free system that allows people to enjoy both our vibrant downtown and our amazing River Valley within minutes. It runs from the top of 100 Street near the Hotel Macdonald to the River Valley trail system near the low-level bridge and is approximately 260 m (850 feet).


The Funicular Year-in-review report reflects some of the successes and challenges for the first year of operation of the funicular and site.

Hours and Location

Funicular and Elevator 7am-9pm
Promontory, Stairs, Promenade,
Bridge and Frederick G. Todd Lookout
Washroom 9am-dusk



  • Functions like an elevator doesn’t require an operator
  • Service animals are welcome
  • Lights inside the funicular, on the stairs, promontory and promenade
  • Emergency intercom system available
  • Not heated or cooled and no music
  • No motorized recreational vehicles inside
  • Near Louise McKinney Riverfront Park

Funicular Improvements

A number of improvements were made to the funicular site in December 2018. They included:

  • 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

Funicular Stories

The funicular has given more people the opportunity to access the River Valley. Read more about this in our Transforming Edmonton blog post and share your funicular story on social media. 


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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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