Trails of Central Alberta
Several communities in Central Alberta have developed trail systems and
more are being planned. Many will be part of or linked to the Trans
The largest and best known trail system is in the City of Red Deer,
much of which is in Waskasoo Park.
Red Deer trails map)
Other extensive trail networks have been developed in Innisfail,
Blackfalds, Lacombe, Ponoka, Sylvan Lake, Penhold and
Lacombe County. Many of these trail networks are part of the
TransCanada Trail network.
A 3.4 km trail also links the town of Bentley with Aspen Beach at Gull
Lake along Highway 12. There is also a 1.5-km paved trail immediately
south of the hamlet of Springbrook within a natural area. In addition,
NOVA Chemicals has developed a natural trail system near the hamlet of
Joffre. Short linear parks along abandoned rail lines are being
developed in the eastern portions of Central Alberta.
More rural and urban trail networks are being planned in Red Deer
County, Lacombe County and Ponoka County. An abandoned railway right of
way, including the historic 2,100-ft Mintlaw trestle, may eventually
link Red Deer and the TransCanada Trail with Sylvan Lake.
Additional future trails are envisioned along the Red Deer River valley
and its tributaries as well as along Highway 2A.
Red Deer is in the planning stages of extending Waskasoo Park into
recently-annexed areas as well as future growth areas.
abandoned railway lines.