The Devon River Valley Trail is a hidden gem near Edmonton, Alberta. It’s a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Town of Devon maintains about 10-km of multi-use paved trails, and they’re the perfect place for an evening stroll. Bella thought so, too!
About Devon River Valley Trail
Location: Devon, Alberta
Distance: 4 km out and back
Difficulty: Easy (or moderate due to stairs)
Elevation: 63 metre gain
Time: Approx. 45 mins – 1 hour
Dog-friendly: Yes, but must be kept on leash.
Features: The Devon River Valley Trail offers much more than meets the eye. While it might not be a destination trail, it’s an easy detour enroute to Edmonton or Calgary, and a quick 30-minute drive from Edmonton. I counted 295 steps on the Legs of Fire Stairs, so you’ll get a good leg workout. There are paved and unpaved trails, beach access, and picnic tables. For a short trail, there’s a lot going on!
Finding the Trailhead
There are a few different places to park for Devon’s River Valley Trail. Because I wanted to start with the Legs of Fire Stairs, I parked on River Drive not far off the Devonian Way Highway. See the map below for Google Maps directions. There were no other cars in this area, so I figured the trail was quiet. There’s also an outhouse beside the trailhead.
If you’d like to start from the other direction, there’s ample parking at the Voyageur Park parking lot next to the boat launch. This parking area can be accessed on Saskatchewan Avenue West.
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Walking the Devon River Valley Trail
If you want to escape the city crowds, check out the Devon River Valley. The Devon River Valley Trail follows the North Saskatchewan River outside of Voyageur Park. It’s a short 4-km walk with nice river views… and a good leg workout! The round trip will likely take 45 mins to an hour. When I started, I descended about 80 metres to the water’s edge on the Legs of Fire Stairs. I counted 295 steps. Remember, what goes down, must come up!
We continued through the forested trail and eventually found beach access. There are picnic tables as well, and nice spots to relax by the water. One of the delightfully unique parts of this trail is the “Mental Health Capacity Building” signs with helpful reminders to take care of ourselves. I’ve never seen this before.
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Devon River Valley Trail eventually meets up with Voyageur Park. They call it a sanctuary for wildlife and people, and I’d say that’s an accurate description. When I visited, it was a peaceful evening stroll and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The park has plenty of space for individuals and families to enjoy the day.
There are garbage cans and toilets along the way. I hike with my dog, Bella, and usually bring a smell-proof bag along. On this shorter walk, it was very easy to just toss her poo in the garbage.
After a brief stop at the park, Bella and I returned the way we came. I thought about grabbing an ice cream cone for the road, but (uncharacteristically) decided against it. We meandered back through the forest to burn our legs once more. Truthfully, the stairs weren’t thatttttt bad.
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Know Before You Go
This is a beautiful park in a small community. Visitors should make a special effort to make sure they’re taking care of the trails. That means staying on marked paths, picking up after your dog, and leaving no trace. Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. As I mentioned, this is a very well-maintained trail with toilets and garbage cans available.
Initially, I ended up down by the golf course, where I believe the Devon River Valley Trail extends. I didn’t have enough time, so I backtracked to the start of Legs of Fire. If you’re looking for a longer jaunt, here’s a map of the area to plan your visit.
While it’s a short trail, you’ll likely still want to bring a day pack with you I like to bring water, snacks, rain shell, first aid, and other essentials with me.
Devon River Valley Trail Map
Have you walked the Devon River Valley Trail? Tell me about your experience in the comments below.
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