Recreation Trails

The following resources provide information to persons or groups that have an interest in operating and maintaining trails.

Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail is one of the world's longest networks of trails, developed and promoted by a non-profit registered charity. When completed, the Trail will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometers from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, linking 1,000 communities and all Canadians. Today, nearly 17,000 kilometers of Trail have been developed across Canada, including almost 1,800 completed in Alberta.

Go to the Trans Canada Trail website for more information.

Alberta TrailNet

Alberta TrailNet was formed in 1989 and is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Society was formed in recognition of the need for a more organized and comprehensive approach to trail development and use in Alberta.

Go to the Alberta TrailNet website for more information

Trail Mapping Initiatives


Trails Classification

The classification system will be an important component of the Alberta Recreation Corridor and Trails Designation Program, providing a basic framework to assist in assessing trails, help trail groups with their planning, design and construction decisions, and to aid land managers with operating decisions.

Alberta Recreation Corridor and Trails Classification System (PDF – 3.64 MB)

To order a copy of the classification system on cd, please visit Alberta TrailNet at www.albertatrailnet.com , or contact at atnadmin@telus.net or 1-877-9-TRAILS.

Trail Resources

Trails are an important economic asset to the recreation and tourism industry of Alberta. They preserve critical open space, and provide important transportation options and connections to different areas in Alberta. This document is a best practices manual intended to give guidance and direction on minimizing risk and liability for persons with an interest in operating and maintaining trails. Specifically it seeks to help trail operators, managers, owners and stewards mitigate risk and reduce liability that can arise from trail design, trail use and maintenance operations.

Minimizing Risk and Liability: Best Practices Guide for Trail Stewards Operators, Managers and Owners (PDF - 13 MB )

To order a hard copy of the Minimizing Risk and Liability document, please visit Alberta TrailNet at www.albertatrailnet.com , or contact at atnadmin@telus.net or 1-877-9-TRAILS.

Alberta Recreation Corridors Legislative Review Report

The Alberta Recreation Corridors Legislative Review Report to the Minister of Community Development was submitted in September 2003.

The report had 31 priority recommendations related to existing trails and possible future recreation corridors in Alberta.

Alberta Recreation Corridors Legislative Review Report (PDF - 382 KB)

Last reviewed/revised: May 12, 2014
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