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The TransCanada Trail in Central Alberta (under re-construction)

Trans Canada Trail logoSeveral communities in Central Alberta have developed trail systems, portions of which have been registered as Trans Canada Trail links, including those in Red Deer, Blackfalds, Lacombe, Ponoka, Penhold and Innisfail. Rural trails linking these communities have been completed or are being planned through Lacombe County, Red Deer County and Ponoka County.
 
City of Red Deer

TCT Pavilion at Bower Ponds Red DeerThe Trans Canada Trail pavilion in Red Deer is at Bower Ponds near Cronquist House. The trail extends along the Red Deer River in each direction, much of it within the excellent Waskasoo Park trail system.
 

 TransCanada Trail in Red DeerTo the northeast, it goes to Taylor Drive and north to the city limits, extending into Red Deer County along the C & E Trail to the Blindman River where a new pedestrian bridge was built in 2010.
 
To the southwest, the trail heads from Bower Ponds along Great Chief Park and west past Red Deer Golf & Country Club to the pedestrian bridge across the Red Deer River.
 
From there it heads east through Heritage Ranch, along the river in a northeasterly direction to the reconditioned former CPR bridge across the river and north to 67 St. where it again crosses the river.
 
From there it heads south to the Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, along the river to Piper Creek.
 
From there it heads south past the Arena and Curling Club to Rotary Park and on to Kin Kanyon past Bower Mall to Westerner Park and the city limits.

Urban Trails
 

City of Lacombe Town of Ponoka Town of Innisfail
TransCanada Trail in Lacombe TransCanada Trail in Ponoka TransCanada Trail in Innisfail

The Town of Ponoka (with partial funding contributed by TCT and Alberta TrailNet) constructed a pedestrian bridge over the Battle River in 2010 that will link the town with future trails to the north.

The Town of Blackfalds has also completed sections of Trans Canada Trail. The new multi-use field house has the only section of TCT that is indoors.

The Town of Penhold has identified a route through the municipality that will connect with rural trails north and south.

Rural Trails


Red Deer County, Lacombe County and Ponoka County have completed some sections of the Trans Canada Trail.
 
Blindman River TCT BridgeLacombe County (with partial funding from TCT and Alberta TrailNet and assistance from the military reserves)  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 in the near future. All sections completed are paved and designed for bicycle and pedestrian use.
 
Ponoka County has completed a section of Trans Canada Trail between Ponoka and the Lacombe County boundary, portions of which are designed for equestrian use as well as bicycle and pedestrian.
 
A section of Trans Canada Trail linking Springbrook and Penhold should be completed in the near future. A short paved section was completed in a natural area immediately south of Springbrook in 2011. The section linking Penhold, Innisfail and Bowden is currently being considered. Three possible routes have been identified. A route linking Red Deer with Springbrook has been determined but timing of construction is uncertain.

The Proposed Route of the Trans Canada Trail in Central Alberta
The Central Alberta portion of the TCT will eventually connect with Pigeon Lake and Wetaskiwin and further north to Edmonton. In the south, it will eventually connect with the TCT at Calgary.

The Proposed Route between Penhold and Wetaskiwin as identified in 2007 (several changes have occurred since then).

 


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