New city map reveals snowy side of Edmonton's river valley
Find out where to skate, toboggan, access a washroom and which paths are cleared of snow
Edmonton is a winter city and to prove it the city has published a river valley map showing tourists and locals how to make the most of our longest season.
The new map details warm-up location, paths cleared in the winter, even degree of difficulty in terms of slope for winter hikes and bikes.
Cournoyer says the city always had a map of the river valley but the idea of the winter side came when the time came for more maps to be printed.
The 15,000 copies of the map are available at City of Edmonton recreation centres, warm up chalets and at city hall, while a PDF map can be found on the website.
Cyclist Mike Sarnecki uses the river valley trails year round.
"It's one of our best kept secrets that maybe we should make our worst kept secret," Sarnecki said.
The fat bike racer grins from ear to ear as he hugs the trails even in -20 C.
"Fat biking is like riding a magic carpet through the snow. It's so much fun!"
It's this kind of adventure Cournoyer hopes the new map will lead more people to.