Trans Canada Trail marker in Red Deer

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CPR Bridge TCT Red Deer

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Rural Trail Systems
in Central Alberta
(updated 2013)
Red Deer County, Lacombe County and Ponoka County have completed some sections of the Trans Canada Trail.
Lacombe County completed the Blindman River Bridge in 2010 as well as a trail from the bridge to Blackfalds. A trail linking Blackfalds and Lacombe was completed in 2012 and officially opened in 2013 (see map). The final section from Lacombe to the Ponoka County boundary is expected to be completed within the next 2 years.
Ponoka County has completed a section of Trans Canada Trail between Ponoka and the Lacombe County boundary.
Red Deer County adopted a couple of years ago the Open Spaces Master Plan that will create several rural trail linkages throughout the county that could eventually include a trail linking Red Deer with Sylvan Lake. A section of Trans Canada Trail linking Springbrook and Penhold should be completed in the near future and another section linking Penhold, Innisfail and Bowden is currently being considered.
Red Deer and Red Deer County have discussed extending Waskasoo Park into the County along rivers, tributaries and possibly abandoned railway lines.
A successful 3.4 km trail links the town of Bentley with Aspen Beach at Gull Lake along Highway 12.

Dodds Lake InnisfailMission Statement:
"To foster & provide opportunities for
designation and development of a trail network."

Rural Trails

New Rural Trail on the Horizon
(Debbie Olsen, Alberta TrailTracker Fall 2008)

Report on Two Successful Rural Trails:
The Iron Horse Trail and
the Western Irrigation District Canal Pathway

Alberta TrailNet January 2000

The Trans Canada Trail and Wild Rose Trail System: Rural Issues Questions and Answers
Alberta Community Development March 2000
Friends of the Mintlaw Trestle Facebook Group

Regional Trails Network

The concept of a regional trails network in Central Alberta can be traced back to at least 1987 with the completion of Waskasoo Park in Red Deer. Other communities also developed municipal recreational trail systems soon afterwards, including Innisfail, Lacombe and Sylvan Lake with several other communities at that time planning trails for the future. There was also a rural trail built linking Bentley with Gull Lake along Highway 12.

Although a series of trails in Red Deer were registered as Trans Canada Trail a few years earlier, the pavilion at Bower Ponds was officially dedicated in 2005. Other communities having TCT designation include Innisfail, Blackfalds, Lacombe and Ponoka.

In January 1999, the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society (CARTS) was born to encourage the development of trails within urban communities and create rural linkages between communities.
(see History)


Sylvan Lake trail on beach

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