Trans Canada Trail marker in Red Deer

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CPR Bridge TCT Red Deer

 
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Urban Trail Systems
in Central Alberta

 
Several communities in Central Alberta have developed trail systems and more are being planned. Many will be part of or linked to the Trans Canada Trail.
 
The largest and best known trail system is in the City of Red Deer, much of which is in Waskasoo Park. Citizens of the city have ranked the trail system as one of the most cherished amenities of the community. A Trans Canada Trail pavilion is located near Bower Ponds.
(Red Deer trails map)
 
Other extensive trail networks have been developed in Innisfail, Lacombe, Ponoka, Sylvan Lake and Wetaskiwin. Others are currently being developed in Penhold and Blackfalds.

Ponoka recently completed a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge across the Battle River.

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.

 
Dodds Lake InnisfailMission Statement:
"To foster & provide opportunities for
promotion,
designation and development of a trail network."




Regional Trails Network

 
The concept of a regional trails network in Central Alberta can be traced back to at least 1987 with the completion of Waskasoo Park in Red Deer. Other communities also developed municipal recreational trail systems soon afterwards, including Innisfail, Lacombe and Sylvan Lake with several other communities at that time planning trails for the future. There was also a rural trail built linking Bentley with Gull Lake along Highway 12.

Although a series of trails in Red Deer were registered as Trans Canada Trail a few years earlier, the pavilion at Bower Ponds was officially dedicated in 2005. Other communities having TCT designation include Innisfail, Lacombe and Ponoka.
 

In January 1999, the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society (CARTS) was born to encourage the development of trails within urban communities and create rural linkages between communities.
(see History)

 


Sylvan Lake trail on beach
 

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