Living near the Mill Creek Ravine is a Nature Lovers Paradise
One of the most popular places to live in Edmonton is near the Mill Creek Ravine which is located near the community of Cloverdale, south of the downtown core. This creek begins just south and east of Anthony Henday Drive and flows through the communities of Strathcona and Bonnie Doon.
During the 1960s and 1970s, local residents and nature enthusiasts fought successfully to prevent a freeway from being built in the ravine, so the City installed large segments of the creek were diverted into small channels that allow water to flow under our roads and the Davies/Coronet Industrial area. The surplus run off of the water emerges several meters above the east bank of the North Saskatchewan River which is visible from the James MacDonald Bridge.
Mill Creek is named after a flour mill that was established by William Bird in 1878. The ravine was once home to part of the Yukon & Pacific Railway line which ran from the Canadian Pacific line at about 67 Avenue, across 99 Street, and down into Mill Creek Ravine. In 1954 most of the railway through the ravine was abandoned, with only one section serving the meatpacking plant, running from 79 Avenue to the CPR line.
In the early 1980s, the City of Edmonton converted the railway right of way between 67 Avenue to the river into a paved bicycle path now used as a multi-use trail by residence. In 1988 the Edmonton Historical Board erected a plaque in Mill Creek Park commemorating the railway and you can still see the original wooden railway trestles at 76 Avenue NW.
Other nearby attractions near Mill Creek includes the Argyll Velodrome, Accidental Beach, BMX course, Muttart Conservatory, Rafters' Landing Riverboat and the popular summertime Mill Creek Outdoor Swimming Pool at 8200 - 95A Street.
Real estate in Mill Creek offers Ottewell Shalimar Plaza apartment condos for under $100,000 per unit to the Bonnie Doon Cascade Luxury Condos with stunning downtown views. Mill Creek houses for sale range from affordable super cute bungalows in the highly desirable neighbourhood of Hazeldean to architecturally designed million dollar plus homes in Strathearn, Bonnie Doon and Cloverdale.
No matter, which season it is, the Mill Creek Ravine is always worth the stroll featuring panoramic view and great for taking photos of mother nature