In the next installment of Chipps Tree Care’s virtual tour of the major parks of the River Valley, we turn our sights to Capilano. Not to be confused with Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver, Capilano Park of Edmonton is found on the southern side of the North Saskatchewan River. Though B.C.’s 140-metre bridge is noticeably absent from our park isn’t without its own attractions and sites — one of which is the pedestrian bridge crossing the river. Pedestrians and cyclists can enjoy a number of hiking trails that run parallel with the river, and they can expect a mixture of paved and gravel paths while on this heart-pumping trek. The paved pathways are also a favoured stretch for biking enthusiasts during the spring and summer and a well-used jumping-off point for cross country skiers in the winter, making Capilano a popular destination throughout the year.
Regardless of how you explore Capilano Park, you’ll have plenty of things to see and do. For those who prefer more relaxing ways to enjoy the greenspace, there’s the Capilano Park Picnic Centre, and there’s a combination of open spaces and forested areas that offer beautiful views of the surrounding area and wildlife for those who prefer to stretch their legs. There’s even a space for our furry friends to play, as there’s a generous off-leash area. While following the path along the water, don’t forget to look down river as you can sneak a peak of downtown. If you’re willing to get closer to the river, there’s a variety of water activities available you can enjoy. As one of the official boat launch sites both powered and non-powered vessels can take-off from this section of the river.
As you explore the park, you’ll notice how Capilano is a wellspring of the many deciduous and coniferous trees that can be found in the city. Those with a keen eye for species will recognize American Elm, Colorado and White Spruce, Hybrid Poplar, and Scots Pine — just to name several! Two trees in particular are the ones you can find near the fork in the path. Though unremarkable in genus, both Poplars have grown over the chain link fence. A close inspection will show the metal fully integrated into the trunk, fusing the two together.
We like these two Poplars for the lesson they teach. They demonstrate the fortitude and strength of the trees that make up our urban park system. Left to its own devices, a tree will find a way to grow around most man-made constructions. And when it can’t, it has the power to move whatever is in its way until it can grow unhindered.
While it’s an interesting thing to look at while you hike, a tree that has started to grow around or through important structures on your own property is not something you want. It has the ability to interfere, damage, or outright collapse many man-made constructions if given enough time. In the event of a tree growing too close to your home, powerlines, or other important things on your property, patience is not a virtue. You’ll want to call us as soon as you realize the trajectory of its growth. An ISA-certified arborist will arrive at your home to confirm the tree poses a threat for your property and establish the best plan to remove it without affecting the surrounding wildlife.
As we wrap up another virtual tour of one of the many beautiful parks that call the city its home, we’d like to remind you we take calls from Edmonton and the surrounding areas, including Sherwood Park, Strathcona County, St. Albert, Beaumont, Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, and Stony Plain. If you find yourself in these areas and are in need of expert advice, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone. Or, use our convenient online request for an on-site estimate. Whichever method works best for you, we’ll make sure we get out to your property and assess your trees. Until then, take advantage of the remaining summer weeks and get out to Capilano or any number of the River Valley parks.