The TransCanada Trail in Central Alberta
Several communities in Central Alberta have developed trail systems,
portions of which have been registered as Trans Canada Trail links,
including those in Red Deer, Blackfalds, Lacombe, Ponoka, Penhold and
Innisfail. Rural trails linking these communities have been
completed or are being planned through Lacombe County, Red Deer
County and Ponoka County.
Trans Canada Trail pavilion in Red Deer is at Bower Ponds near Cronquist House. The trail
extends along the Red Deer River in each direction, much of it within
the excellent Waskasoo Park trail system.
To the northeast, it goes to Taylor Drive and north to the
city limits, extending into Red Deer County along the C & E
Trail to the Blindman River where a new pedestrian bridge was built in
To the southwest, the trail heads from Bower Ponds along
Great Chief Park and west past Red Deer Golf & Country Club to the
pedestrian bridge across the Red Deer River.
From there it heads east
through Heritage Ranch, along the river in a northeasterly direction to
the reconditioned former CPR bridge across the river and north to 67 St.
where it again crosses the river.
From there it heads south to the Kerry
Wood Nature Centre and Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, along the river to Piper
From there it heads south past the Arena and Curling Club to
Rotary Park and on to Kin Kanyon past Bower Mall to Westerner Park and
the city limits.
||Town of Innisfail
The Town of Ponoka (with partial
funding contributed by TCT and Alberta TrailNet) constructed a
pedestrian bridge over the Battle River in 2010 that will link the town
with future trails to the north.
The Town of Blackfalds has also completed sections of Trans Canada
Trail. The new multi-use field house has the only section of TCT that is indoors.
The Town of Penhold has identified a route through the municipality that
will connect with rural trails north and south.
Red Deer County, Lacombe County and Ponoka County have completed some sections of the Trans Canada Trail.
(with partial funding from TCT and Alberta TrailNet and assistance from
the military reserves) completed the Blindman River Bridge in 2010 as well as a
trail from the bridge to Blackfalds. A trail linking Blackfalds and
Lacombe was completed in 2012 and officially opened in 2013 (see
map). The final section from Lacombe to the Ponoka County boundary
is expected to be completed in the near future. All sections
completed are paved and designed for bicycle and pedestrian use.
Ponoka County has completed a section of Trans Canada Trail between Ponoka and the
Lacombe County boundary, portions of which are designed for equestrian
use as well as bicycle and pedestrian.
A section of Trans Canada Trail linking Springbrook and Penhold should be completed in
the near future. A short paved section was completed in a natural area
immediately south of Springbrook in 2011. The section linking Penhold, Innisfail and
Bowden is currently being considered. Three possible routes have been
identified. A route linking Red Deer with Springbrook has been
determined but timing of construction is uncertain.
The Proposed Route of the Trans Canada Trail in Central
The Central Alberta portion of the TCT will eventually connect with Pigeon Lake
and Wetaskiwin and further north to Edmonton. In the south, it will
eventually connect with the TCT at Calgary.
The Proposed Route between Penhold and
Wetaskiwin as identified in 2007 (several changes have occurred