Happy trails ahead for ac­tive Al­ber­tans

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Hik­ers, skiers and other out­door en­thu­si­asts will be able to ex­plore more of Al­berta thanks to new provin­cial fund­ing for trails.

Break­ing new trail, en­hanc­ing ex­ist­ing trail and adding bridges and sig­nage are some of the 12 Great Trail projects that will re­ceive fund­ing.

“Al­berta’s in­cred­i­ble trail net­work at­tracts tourists from around the world, helps Al­ber­tans be more ac­tive and con­nects peo­ple to na­ture. We are pleased to con­trib­ute to this legacy with our con­tin­u­ing sup­port for The Great Trail.”

Ri­cardo Mi­randa, Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism

The Great Trail, for­merly the Trans Canada Trail, is a na­tional net­work of trails stretch­ing more than 24,000 kilo­me­tres from the At­lantic to the Pa­cific and Arc­tic oceans. Three thou­sand kilo­me­tres of trail are in Al­berta.

Al­berta TrailNet is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that rep­re­sents the prov­ince for The Great Trail. It will man­age the new $1.93 mil­lion in fund­ing for Al­berta trails.

“On be­half of Al­berta TrailNet So­ci­ety and its re­gional and lo­cal trail part­ners, I’d like to ex­press our sin­cere thanks for this fund­ing which will en­able con­tin­ued work on the trail. Provin­cial fund­ing has been crit­i­cal in mo­bi­liz­ing vol­un­teer re­sources and com­mu­nity sup­port and in lev­er­ag­ing in­vest­ments from donors and other lev­els of gov­ern­ment. Many com­mu­ni­ties and thou­sands of recre­ational users have ben­e­fited from this and other provin­cial in­vest­ments in the trail.” Ross Hayes, pres­i­dent, Board of Di­rec­tors, Al­berta TrailNet So­ci­ety

Al­berta has the sec­ond­longest por­tion of The Great Trail. The trail passes through 77 of Al­berta’s cities, towns and vil­lages, 24 ru­ral mu­nic­i­pal dis­tricts and sev­eral Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties. Por­tions of the trail are be­ing moved off road­ways to im­prove safety. To date, the Al­berta gov­ern­ment has in­vested nearly $10 mil­lion in The Great Trail.

Sup­port for The Great Trail aligns with the guid­ing prin­ci­ples of a pan-Cana­dian pol­icy doc­u­ment re­leased in May 2018, A Com­mon Vi­sion for In­creas­ing Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity and Re­duc­ing Seden­tary Liv­ing in Canada.

These projects re­ceived fund­ing:

• Peace River Wilder­ness Trail (near Smith) – im­prove­ments to trail sur­face and drainage, and con­struc­tion of a stag­ing area, in­clud­ing wash­rooms, at the south­ern end.

• DesNethe’ Dis­cov­ery Trail (near Fitzger­ald and the NWT bor­der) – sur­face im­prove­ments, clear­ing, and in­stalling cul­verts.

• Will Marx Trail (north of Grouard) – bridge in­stal­la­tion.

• Arc­tic Wa­ter route (be­tween Athabasca and Fort Smith) – sig­nage, in­clud­ing de­sign, lo­ca­tions, ma­te­ri­als and in­stal­la­tion.

• Elec­tric Di­elec­tric Trail (be­tween Can­more and Dead­man’s Flats) – foot­bridge in­stal­la­tion.

• Ir­ri­cana to Beiseker Trail – new trail con­struc­tion, in­clud­ing sur­fac­ing, fenc­ing and sig­nage.

• Hope Ad­ven­ture Camp Trail (Stur­geon River) – up­grad­ing of ex­ist­ing trail, in­clud­ing widen­ing and adding sig­nage.

• McKelvie Trail (near Ponoka) – trail de­vel­op­ment and sus­pen­sion bridge in­stal­la­tion.

• Opal Area Graz­ing Re­serve Trail (Athabasca Land­ing Trail, north­east of Ed­mon­ton) – trail de­vel­op­ment to con­nect Athabasca Land­ing Trail to Half Moon Lake Trail. • Meanook to Per­ryville (Athabasca Land­ing Trail) – de­vel­op­ment of small stag­ing area and preser­va­tion of ex­ist­ing trail.

• Di­a­mond Wil­low Trail (south of Ponoka) – bank sta­bi­liza­tion and en­gi­neer­ing work to pre­serve ex­ist­ing trail.

• Beiseker Sta­tion Grounds Trail (near Beiseker) – new trail con­struc­tion, in­clud­ing fenc­ing, sig­nage and a stag­ing area.

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