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Rails to Trails in Central Alberta (under re-construction)
 
The Potential for Abandoned Rail Lines to Become Trails
 
There are two potential abandoned railway rights of way in Central Alberta that could one day become trails.
 
The first is the former Alberta Central Railway (CPR) alignment between Red Deer and Sylvan Lake. There are some serious challenges to be addressed, including the rehabilitation of the historic Mintlaw trestle and the crossing of the Highway 11 expressway.
 
Another is a proposed multi-use trail between Rocky Mountain House and Nordegg along the former Canadian National Railways right of way.
 
In Red Deer, the former Canadian Pacific Railway bridge has already been converted into part of the Waskasoo Park trail system.
 
Rails to trails projects have been very successful across North America including the Kettle Valley Railway trail in British Columbia and the Iron Horse Trail northeast of Edmonton.

Rail Trails and Safe Communities (pdf)
Rails to Trails Conservancy (U.S.)
 
Secrets of Successful Rail Trails (pdf)
Rails to Trails Conservancy (U.S.)

Proposal for Red Deer-Mintlaw-
Sylvan Lake ACR Linear Park

Forth Junction Heritage Society

 


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