December 9, 2017
Edmonton’s latest attraction and park facility, the 100 Street Funicular and Frederick G. Todd Lookout, is now open to the public. The City has some tips for visitors as they make their way down to the facility over the coming weeks.
The funicular is free to the public and functions like an elevator; no operator is required. It fits up to 20 people and can accommodate bikes, strollers, wheelchairs, and other mobility aids. The facility will operate during regular river valley park hours, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. There are no washrooms on site, but washrooms are available at the
Louise McKinney Riverfront Plaza
and are open 9 a.m. to dusk.
The new facility is much more than just a funicular! Starting at the top of Grierson Hill just south of the Hotel Macdonald, the promontory provides access to the funicular and a wide urban staircase with concrete seating. Both the stairs and the funicular land on a promenade, which links to the existing wooden staircase and to park space with public art that serves as functional seating. You may take the promenade to the new pedestrian bridge across Grierson Hill Road to the Frederick G. Todd Lookout over the river. From the bridge you can access the river valley trails using another set of stairs or the new elevator.
The elevator will be going through some final adjustments over the next month, which is a standard part of start-up maintenance operations, and may be out of service at times. Those accessing the river valley trails will need to use the stairs during this time. We will do our best to minimize the inconvenience.