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.
Red Deer trails map)
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
Other rural trails are described here.
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