Central Alberta Regional Trails Society

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About the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society
CARTS (Central Alberta Regional Trails Society)
is a not-for-profit society, completely run by volunteers and representatives of member municipalities, that exists to provide information and support regarding recreational trail designation and development in Central Alberta.
While not a trail development group, CARTS supports local trail development groups by providing guidance and support throughout their development process.
CARTS is committed to an inclusive public participation process in determining trail designation and their development. This includes seeking endorsement from local municipalities, agencies, trail development groups and the general public.

However, CARTS is not a funding organization and does not actively build trails.

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.

Early in 1998, a preliminary group of individual Central Albertans representing various agencies including the City of Red Deer, Red Deer County, Parkland Community Planning Services, Alberta TrailNet, Red Deer Visitor and Convention Bureau, Normandeau Cultural and Natural History Society, and Red Deer River Naturalists, came together to form the Central Alberta Regional Trails Initiative.
This group proposed the creation of the Central Alberta Regional Trails Master Plan project to identify the issues, concerns, support, and ideas regarding the designation and development of recreational trail linkages in rural Central Alberta.


Several communities throughout the counties of Red Deer and Lacombe involved in the project decided to form a society in order to  attract the Trans Canada Trail to the central corridor.

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)

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.



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Trails of Central Alberta
TransCanada Trail in Central Alberta
Urban Trails
Rural Trails
Rails to Trails


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