Earlier this summer, we discovered bison bones at the construction site for the Umphreville Block. (Psst! If you haven’t seen the discovery video, you can check it out here.) Wanting to learn more about this unique find, we spoke with Chris Jass, the curator of quaternary paleontology at the Royal Alberta Museum.
Chris taught us about the history behind the bones, what to do if you find a fossil and more. Watch below for the full story:
Thank you to all community and team members who came to show their support. This is a very exciting moment for The River Valley Co, the community of Riverdale and the city of Edmonton as a whole.
Click to watch the ground breaking event for the Umphreville Block on April 15th, 2019.
The Riverdale Mixed Use building now has a name, and construction time is just around the corner.
This exciting new addition to the Riverdale community will be named Umphreville Block, in honour of Edmonton’s one-time first lady, Métis matriarch, Louise Umphreville. Louise Umphreville is a very important member of Edmonton’s heritage, and we can’t wait to do our part in sharing her unique story.
Construction is set to begin in March, with an expected completion date of winter, 2019.
Summer is in full swing here in Alberta’s capital, and that means it’s time to get our hearts pumping and blood rushing as we enjoy all the outdoor exercise our city has to offer. After all, there’s only four months before it’s back to toques and mittens, and we want to help you get the most out of this shorts and T-shirt weather. Not sure where to begin your fresh-air fitness? Worry not, fitness superstar, your friends at the River Valley Company have got you covered.
It’s either your idea of the perfect challenge or the worse than Monday morning rush-hour, but no matter how you look at the river valley stairs one thing is for sure: they make for an incredible workout. Run, walk, or lunge your way to fitness victory as you conquer each step of this ultimate training tool. Once you reach the top, reward your tremendous effort with a breathtaking view of the river valley (although, you might already be out of breath by then). Want more details? …
Our city is incredibly fortunate to have the gorgeous North Saskatchewan River running through it, and it’s no secret that (in our opinion) it is one of Edmonton’s most scenic features. While many Edmontonians enjoy the picturesque view of the river valley, some may be wondering how they can get the most out of this special city feature. Wonder no more, fellow adventure seeker. Check out this list of fun and unique ways you can take advantage of the river this summer.
Before beginning any river adventure, please ensure the weather is permitting and you have read the City of Edmonton’s list of rules and safety guidelines. When travelling on a non-motorized craft, ensure you have reviewed the river travel times before heading out. …
We know experiencing Edmonton’s history is an essential part of building our future. That’s why we wanted to know, how can we give Edmontonions a taste of our rich history in a unique, interesting and picturesque way? Then it hit us: The High Level Bridge Streetcar.
A Quick History Lesson
In the early days of 1903, the engineers of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway (C & ER) began looking for a possible crossing of the North Saskatchewan River to reach Edmonton. Fast forward to May of that same year, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) purchased the C & ER. However, it wasn’t until six years later in 1909 when the CPR, Edmonton, Strathcona and Alberta could finally come to an agreement on what they wanted for the bridge, as Strathcona wanted more than just railway bridge. …
Since 2015, the River Valley Company has participated in the ownership and operation of a commercially zoned property in Riverdale called Little Brick Café. After careful restoration, the building has been operating as a café/workspace/event space and has been a great success winning numerous awards, gaining international press and most importantly becoming a regular destination for Edmontonians and visitors to the City alike.
In the summer of 2018 we will expand our real estate portfolio to include a new development on another commercially zoned property at 10158 90th St in the same river valley community of Riverdale. This property has been purchased by the RVC, and during the summer and fall of 2017 we held numerous community consultations to ensure everyone with input on this project has been heard and their concerns and suggestions are listed to. …
Occupation: Landscape Designer
Lived in Edmonton: 28 years (my whole life)
Edmonton’s River Valley is an unbroken green link through the city. It’s a unique, natural element that crosses the entire city — a natural park that runs from end-to-end of the city providing a variety of activities for all kinds of people.
During the spring and summer of 2017, the River Valley Company carried out three community consultation events with the purpose of gaining interest, insight, and engagement from the Riverdale community with regard to the redevelopment of 10158–90 Street.
We were eager to have the opportunity to hear the thoughts and feedback that Riverdalians had with regard to the project. Given that we, the development team, either live and/or work in Riverdale, we understand the unique culture that exists in this community and therefore want to ensure that we protect and strengthen it in any way that we can.
As was expected, the Riverdalians did not disappoint and were exceptionally generous with their time and honesty regarding all aspects of the project. …
Name: Natalie Wright
Occupation: SEO Strategist
Lived in Edmonton: 2.5 years
I find that I am pretty old school when it comes to River Valley activities, I would rather just walk around and explore than do anything else. Wandering through the River Valley on a warm day is one of my favourite activities to do in the summer; However, I do love walking the legislature grounds in the fall, so I might be lying about summer being my favorite! Winter in the River Valley is more of a view to enjoy from my gym’s window. …