There could be a little of Jasper coming to Edmonton. The winning idea in the search for a new attraction in the city, a months-long competition dubbed The Edmonton Project, was conceived by Edmonton couple Gary and Amber Poliquin, whose sky-high plan for a gondola connecting downtown to Old Strathcona could become a reality.

Gondola over the North Saskatchewan, image via Edmonton Project

A consortium of five companies — ATB Financial, BDO Canada, EllisDonKasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning and zag creative — selected ten finalists in November to move onto the 'idea den' Tuesday evening, when a panel of judges chose their favourite. 

The eight-car, 3.2-kilometre-long transportation link would provide panoramic views of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Stations would be built at the Shaw Conference Centre, RE/MAX Field and the parking lot across from the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market. A broad estimate suggests a cost anywhere between $25 million and $60 million.

The Edmonton project is now wrapped up

Winning the contest does not imply municipal approval. While Mayor Iveson said the ideas have provoked conversation and raised aspirations, he stopped short of throwing early support behind the project.

A proposal to erect the city's first outdoor sauna in the river valley won the hearts of the voting public, coming away with the people's choice award. Other finalists included a food truck Ferris wheel, the world's largest treehouse, and a shipping container park within the Rossdale Power Plant.