The Current Normal – Raging River

These photos were taken on our July 2/20 walk.

The North Saskatchewan River begins at 1,800 m (5,905 feet) ASL at the toe of the Saskatchewan glacier in the Columbia Icefields. It flows some 1,287 km (800 miles) before reconnecting with the South Saskatchewan River 19 km East of Price Albert Saskatchewan and becoming the Saskatchewan River, which flows into Tobin Lake and into Manitoba, before flowing into Lake Winnipeg. It drains an area of 122,800 square kilometers (47,400 square miles).


The part of the river we are most familiar with, flows through the nearby city of Edmonton, where we used to live. On this day, we decided to go for a bit of a river valley walk, even if the weather was not perfect.

If you watch the weather at all, you may know that Edmonton had a lot of rain in June and July, this year. On July 1/2 we had 19.7 mm (3/4 inches) and in June, we had 106 mm (4 1/4 inches). Couple that with the snow melt in the mountains and the river is high and muddy this year.

While we see the photos in our nightly news, you do not get a real feel for it until you walk beside it. Fortunately, the mosquitoes were not a big problem during our walk, but even with the cool temperatures, the relative humidity created by this much rain made it seem so much warmer than it was.

We were able to park right near the Low Level Bridge. This was our first view of the river.
The river has risen between 1 and 1.5 meters and rose by another meter by July 4 for a total of 2.5 meters (over 8 feet) above normal
The water was so high on this date that it was higher than the storm water outfall.
The river bank is so wet, that trees near shore are drowning.
Looking West toward the Low Level Bridge.
Progress is being made on the Tawatina LRT bridge
View West from Louise McKinney Riverfront Park.
View East from Louise McKinney Riverfront Park
View of Rafter’s Landing and Edmonton Queen riverboat dock. The riverboat is in drydock for repairs due to damage caused during river ice break up.
View as we climbed up toward Grierson Hill Road
From Grierson Hill Road
View from Riverdale
By the funicular promenade bridge
Trees floating down from upstream

11 thoughts on “The Current Normal – Raging River

    1. Definitely been a wet June and July. The last week, we finally got some heat and sun, so may salvage my tomato plants yet. Supposed to have a humidex of 98 here tomorrow, then the rain returns. Thanks for reading Susie. Allan


  1. We had lots of rain this year in Sligo too and our main river that usually runs through the town and looks very pretty is now muddy and wild. Spells of rain are forecasted for the next few days and we just have to get used to spending more time indoors. Thanks for sharing and take care 😊 Aiva

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