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Nature Bathing: Episode 2: A Mental & Physical Wellness Lifestyle in Nature

Connecting People from City to City with Over 100km in Trails Along the River

So where do you do to let go of everyday stresses in the middle of an urban city for a walk, cycle or swim in the river – before, during, or after a work day?

It’s the busy “fight or flight” lives that we lead that spawned the immersive experience of “Nature Bathing” – a low tech environment and a physical and mental we lead that spawned the immersive experience of “Nature Bathing” – a low tech environment and a physical and mental wellness Lifestyle in Nature’s own back yard.

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In Episode 2, Brent shares highlights on how the North Saskatchewan River Valley urban park and river system connects several cities with 100 km of walking and biking trails.

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So all you need to do is hop onto a trail or float down the river – minutes from home or work.

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How’s that for future of urban living? 


It’s becoming a destination for travelers and for residents who want to live minutes away from the largest urban park in North America – the North Saskatchewan River Valley.
The largest urban park in North America that connects 7 municipalities with over 100km of walking and biking trails and bridges in a contiguous natural parkland of over 80,000 acres along the river.

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Stay tuned for Episode 3 on “Sporting” the River Valley – From Bikes, Boats, Roller Blades to Running

About Brent Collingwood

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Brent is the Executive Director of the River Valley Alliance (RVA) responsible for executing the Strategic Plan as approved by the Board and managing the day-to-day operations of the RVA. Brent holds a Bachelors degree in Physical Education and a Masters Degree in Education focused on leadership and change.  Brent is an avid runner and enjoys nature photography.



About the River Valley Alliance (RVA) – 7 Municipalities, 1 Plan, 1 River Valley

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The RVA was formed in 1996 by the seven founding shareholder municipalities bordering the Capital Region’s North Saskatchewan River: Town of Devon, Parkland County, Leduc County, City of Edmonton, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County and City of Fort Saskatchewan. On March 5, 2003, the RVA was incorporated as a not for profit company under Part Nine of the Companies Act of Alberta. In 2008, the RVA released its conceptual Plan of Action for one connected, continuous river valley after extensive public and stakeholder consultation.

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Phase I
– a $90 million Capital Program, brought to reality 13 projects including the creation of 70 km of new trails.
Phase II
– an additional $100 million Capital Program, will consist of another 13 projects including four pedestrian bridges, boat access points, a waterfront promenade, and the creation of 33 km of new trails.

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