Canada’s first funicular opens in downtown Edmonton

Canada’s first funicular opens in downtown Edmonton

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Last week, Canada’s very first funicular opened in downtown Edmonton, a rope-mechanized inclined elevator designed to make the city’s largest green space more accessible.

The publicly funded $ 24 million project includes the 100 Street Funicular for transporting mobility aids, strollers and bicycles, as well as a spacious staircase for walking, running and lounging. From a boardwalk below, concrete seating blocks are scattered up the 170 steps. Visitors can stroll along the boardwalk to a lookout point, or climb the stairs or funicular to the elevated lookout point for expansive views of the river valley.

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Dialog, the architecture firm that designed it, said of the project:

The materiality and overall form of the project are strongly influenced by the existing connecting infrastructure of the city’s river valley system. The river valley is connected by a series of meandering wooden stairs, boardwalks, and weathered steel walkways, and this is an experience that is enhanced by the design.

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Kebony wood, used on the boardwalk and as cladding, adds warmth to the project and softens the concrete structure. Both materials were chosen for their durability, with Kebony wood designed to last six times longer than pressure treated wood. The funicular is sure to become a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike.

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