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Trails of Central Alberta
Several communities in Central Alberta have developed trail systems and more are being planned.

Many of these trails will be or are currently part of or linked to the Trans Canada Trail (now referred to as the Great Trail).

Those communities include Ponoka, Lacombe, Blackfalds, Red Deer, Springbrook, Penhold, Innisfail, Red Deer County, Lacombe County and Ponoka County. Click here to learn more about trails or portions of trails in Central Alberta that are part of The Great Trail network.
The largest and best known trail system in Central Alberta at over 110 km  is in the City of Red Deer, much of which is in Waskasoo Park. (link to Red Deer trails map)
Sylvan Lake

The vibrant tourist town of Sylvan Lake has developed an extensive 26-km trail network that includes a boardwalk along the lakeshore. (link to Sylvan Lake trails map).

Other urban trails are described here.

A popular paved 8 km rural trail links the town of Blackfalds with the city of Lacombe.

Another rural trail runs 2 km south of Blackfalds to the Blindman River where the trail continues south to the city of Red Deer along part of the original Calgary and Edmonton Trail.

A 3.4 km trail also links the town of Bentley with Aspen Beach at Gull Lake along Highway 12. 

NOVA Chemicals has developed a 5-km community natural trail system near their plant close to the hamlet of Joffre.

Other rural trails are described here.

In the future, an abandoned railway right of way, including the historic 2,100-ft Mintlaw trestle, may eventually link Red Deer and the Great Trail with Sylvan Lake.

Additional future trails are envisioned along the Red Deer River valley and its tributaries.  Red Deer is in the planning stages of extending Waskasoo Park as the city grows and Red Deer County is working toward an extensive trail network over the next several years.

Rural commuter trails will likely be built along Highway 2A from Red Deer south to Penhold and Innisfail as well as along Highway 11A from Red Deer west to Sylvan Lake.
Short linear parks along an abandoned rail line have been developed in the eastern portions of Central Alberta including south of Rumsey, south of Rowley, south of Big Valley, south of Edberg and north of Meeting Creek for a total of 18 km operated by the East Central Alberta Heritage Society.



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