Mill Creek Ravine

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This article is about Edmonton's Mill Creek and Mill Creek Ravine. For the article on the provincial electoral district of Edmonton Mill Creek, see Edmonton Mill Creek.

Mill Creek Ravine is located in south Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The end of the ravine opens onto the North Saskatchewan River valley near the west end of Cloverdale on the opposite bank from downtown.

The creek is named after a flour mill that was established by William Bird in 1878.[1] The creek starts on 17 Street and 34 Avenue in Mill Woods and flows northward to an outfall near 92 Avenue between the neighborhoods of Strathcona and Bonnie Doon. The outfall emerges on the East bank of the North Saskatchewan River at approximately 95 Avenue. It is clearly visible from the Walterdale Bridge.

The ravine was once home to part of the Edmonton, Yukon & Pacific Railway line. The line ran from the Canadian Pacific line at about 67 Avenue, across 99 Street, and down into Mill Creek Ravine. It went down through the ravine and out across the Low Level Bridge. The railway also served Gainer's meat packing plant, a large scale meat packing facility once located on the western edge of the ravine at 79 Avenue.[2]

By 1954, most of the tracks had been removed, although some of the trestles remain in use today. In the 1970s, the City of Edmonton converted what was left of the rail line into a bicycle and walking path extending from one end of the ravine to the other. In 1988, the Edmonton Historical Board erected a plaque in Mill Creek Park commemorating the railway.

The Mill Creek Outdoor Swimming Pool, located in the ravine at 8200 - 95A Street, is a popular summertime destination for Edmontonians seeking to enjoy hot summer weather.

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  1. ^ Herzog, Lawrence (March 22, 2007). "Industry on the river". Real Estate Weekly. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ Herzog, Lawrence (October 12, 2012). "Edmonton's Lost Packing Plants". Edmonton Heritage Council. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 

Coordinates: 53°32′23″N 113°28′41″W / 53.53972°N 113.47806°W / 53.53972; -113.47806