Trans Canada Trail in
Rails to Trails
History of CARTS
Friends of Trails
Large Version of Map (PDF)
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.
"To foster & provide opportunities for
development of a trail network."
New Rural Trail
on the Horizon
(Debbie Olsen, Alberta TrailTracker Fall 2008)
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.