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A Tale of Two Dales: A Look at Cloverdale and Rossdale #WeAreYEG

May 1st, 2015

Submitted by the amazing and fantastic We are YEG team!

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Cloverdale and Rossdale are two popular Edmonton communities that border the North Saskatchewan River, and lie directly south of the downtown core. Home to the Muttart Conservatory, the Edmonton Ski Club (with the oldest ski hill in Edmonton), Telus Field, Gallagher Park, and the Rossdale Water Treatment plant, these two neighborhoods have been around since the early 1900's. You can still see some classic #yeg architecture in these areas if you happen to stroll or cycle by; highly rated activities given the number of good paths, and the view!

Turning up the Heat.

A little bit of spring in the heart of winter city. The temperature has been raised recently in the "temperate" pyramid at the Muttart Conservatory, and the plants are starting to bloom. The Muttart also has three other presentation pyramids: arid, tropical and the feature pyramid, which currently has the “Turkish Delights” feature.

Shelter from the cold.

At the T-intersection of 96 avenue & 100 street lies this sculpture that is part of Stewart

Steinhauer's Mother Earth series. Somehow fitting when it the cold is a bit past bearable.

The Rossdale Memorial.

Part of Edmonton's history, the old burial grounds and old Fort Edmonton cemetery with the Rossdale water treatment plant serving as a backdrop. The plant will be decommissioned later this year after 112 years of operation. This was part of the original site where Fort Edmonton stood originally.

Take me out to the ball game!

Opened in 1995, Telus Field is the second largest minor league baseball stadium in Canada

with a seating capacity of 9055, and now it’s home to the Edmonton Capitals Baseball Club!

Gates to Rossdale.

One of the earliest communities of Edmonton, just not much foot traffic in -20 degree weather. You may find some homes built before the Second World War.

Pyramids in the snow.

The Muttart Conservatory designed by Peter Hemingway is 660 square meters of botanical

garden space, indoors. Ever wanted some peace and relaxation, this is the place to be, even in an Edmonton spring.

Spring sport.

School children learning the basics of a typical winter activity right in the heart of the city at the Edmonton Ski Club, right next to Gallagher Park since 1911 - Edmonton's oldest ski hill.

Meet Eric Gibson.

Eric is the lead "designer" for the feature pyramid at the Muttart Conservatory.

"How long does it take to set up the pyramid for each exhibition?"

"Each theme is planned a year in advance and will take five days to set up."

Amazing! Currently "Turkish Delights"; next up "Amore de Paris" April 18th.

The Muttart hosts many city events, and they have unique Thursday workshops for the family. Eric leads a workshop in creating miniature hobbit holes! Call the Muttart for calendar and details.

Winter activism.

"I'm 67, and I walk two hours a day. I do all that stuff (health and wellness); I still play hockey, swim... just a whole lot slower than I used to."

The Cloverdale view.

First settled in the early 1900s, Cloverdale has a great view, and holds one of the city's most

recognizable attractions in the foreground: the Muttart Conservatory.

The Low Level Bridge.

The river divides, but the bridge, bridges the two communities of Rossdale and Cloverdale.

The Low Level Bridge was the first bridge to cross the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, and was completed in 1900. A railroad track was added, but then removed in 1948 as an additional twin span was built (what you see today). All things relative, it was only called the "Low Level" Bridge after the High Level Bridge was built in 1913.

The bridge that is named Cloverdale.

The Cloverdale footbridge under snow, but the traffic is pretty constant. This popular footbridge has been in the news the past couple years as the proposal to expand the LRT requires the bridge's dismantlement.

The bridge of the river Saskatchewan.

One of six bridges constructed for pedestrian traffic over the North Saskatchewan River. This one has recently come up for debate as plans are to replace it with another capable of carrying the LRT too.

Tags: edmonton, kids, yeg

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