Urban Trails in Central Alberta
Several communities in Central Alberta have developed well-used trail systems. Many
are 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.
The trail system covers more than 110 km and is continually
Citizens of the city have ranked the trail system as one of the most
cherished amenities of the community.
The trail system includes three
pedestrian bridges across the Red Deer River including an abandoned
historic CPR railway bridge. Features along the system include Heritage
Ranch, Maskepetoon Nature Park, Great Chief Recreation Park, Bower
Ponds, Cronquist House, Great West Adventure Park, Gaetz Lakes
Sanctuary, Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Three Mile Bend off-leash dog park,
McKenzie Trails, Riverbend Recreation Area, Discovery Canyon, Coronation
Park, Rotary Recreation Park, Rotary Picnic Park, Kin Kanyon, and Rotary
Recreation Park. Recently, the city has built a trail along the east
edge of the city on a berm that will eventually be part of an
expressway. Plans are under way to develop a trail system in the north
part of city as it develops.
The system connects the historic downtown, City Hall Park, Public
Library, and 'The Arches' interpretive pavilion with the Red Deer Museum
and Art Gallery, Golden Circle Seniors Centre, Blue Grass Central Spray
& Play, Red Deer Recreation Centre, Red Deer Arena, Pidherney Curling
Centre, Rotary Skateboard Park, , Sunnybrook Farm Museum, Collicutt
Centre, Westerner Park, Red Deer Golf & Country Club, River Bend Golf
Course, Lions Campground, Mountain Bike Park, Alberta Sports Hall of
Fame, Tourism Red Deer and Civic Yards.
A Trans Canada Trail pavilion was erected near Bower Ponds in 2005.
Deer Waskasoo Trails map 2014)
Extensive trail networks have been developed in
the City of
Lacombe and the towns of
Sylvan Lake, Blackfalds and Penhold. All but Sylvan Lake are
partially or mostly part of the Trans Canada Trail system.
Many of the initial trails in Lacombe were constructed by a lone
individual who was very dedicated to trail development. The city has
since developed, expanded and upgraded the community trail system. (Lacombe
Blackfalds has the only indoor section of Trans Canada Trail in
the country. It goes through the Abbey recreation Centre fieldhouse. The
town has also completed paved trails linking the Lacombe County trail in
the south to the Blindman River and the Lacombe County trail in the
north to the city of Lacombe.
Ponoka completed a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge across the
Battle River in 2010.
Sylvan Lake has developed a natural trail system on the abandoned
CPR/Alberta Central Railway right of way and a much more formal
promenade along the lake front. (Sylvan
Lake trails map)
Innisfail was one of the first communities to have TCT around
Dodd's Lake and has recently expanded its trail system around Napoleon
Lake. (Innisfail trails map)
Penhold has recently constructed a trail along Waskasoo Avenue
linking the community with the Penhold Multiplex and the Penhold
Crossing High School.
Red Deer and Red Deer County are in the planning stages of extending
Waskasoo Park into the County along rivers, tributaries and possibly
abandoned railway lines.