Athabasca Landing Trail

Did You Know? . . . A new website has recently been launched to highlight the history and heritage of the 150 km Athabasca Landing Trail and the redevelopment projects designed to enhance the trail’s recreational appeal.

Athabasca Landing Trail redevelopment continues

A new website has recently been launched to highlight the history and heritage of the 150 km Athabasca Landing Trail and the redevelopment projects designed to enhance the trail’s recreational appeal.

The Athabasca Landing Trail (ALT) was originally built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1876 to ferry people and freight from Edmonton to Athabasca during the fur trade era, the Gold Rush years and early settlement in the region.

Dubbed “The 100 Mile Portage,” ALT is now officially part of the Trans Canada Trail and is the start of the TCT’s only overland route into the northern territories.

The ALT is being redeveloped to better and more safely accommodate non-motorized recreational users and to raise public awareness of the trail’s unique recreational opportunities. Details of projects and progress on the trail can be found on the new website.

“A major undertaking will be to upgrade the trail from Athabasca to Colinton this summer,” says Rob Woito, Chair of the ALT Steering Committee. “The section of trail from Athabasca south towards Colinton offers a nice walk, and we are looking to upgrade the trail surface for bikes.”

The Steering Committee was formed in 2009 and has engaged in on-going consultation with landowners and residents since that time.

Other projects scheduled for 2012 include construction on trail segments between Rochester and Tawatinaw and in the Lamoureux area, and the installation of signage along the trail route. The work will be coordinated by Annette Nenonen, part time Regional Trail Facilitator, who will consult with landowners and municipalities and where possible, facilitate agreements for public access.

Rob notes that one of the projects involves work on Redwater Bridge 246, by Half Moon Lake. “This is an historic river crossing on the Athabasca Landing Trail,” he says. The bridge is an important conduit for recreational trail users travelling the ALT between Fort Saskatchewan and Athabasca.

One of the ALT Steering Committee partners, the Athabasca Recreational Trails Association, is planning a mountain bike trail building workshop this Sept. 20-24. “We are hoping to partner with Athabasca County and the Town of Athabasca,” says Rob. Interest from volunteers and participants is welcome.

In addition to the Athabasca Recreational Trails Association, the ALT Steering Committee has representation from the Alberta TrailNet Society, the Rainbow Equitation Society, the five municipalities along the Trail (Town of Athabasca, Athabasca County, Westlock County, Sturgeon County and the City of Fort Saskatchewan) and Alberta Tourism, Parks & Recreation. Its work is supported by grants from the federal, provincial and municipal governments, Alberta TrailNet and Trans Canada Trail as well as the work of volunteers and in-kind donations from local businesses.

Communities situated near or along the trail include Athabasca, Colinton, Meanook, Perryvale, Rochester, Tawatinaw, Nestow, Clyde, Westlock, Waugh, Fedorah, Bon Accord, Gibbons, Lamoureux and Fort Saskatchewan.

More information about the history and heritage of ALT, as well as the projects, partners, news, events and more, can be found on the Athabasca Landing Trail website. Information will also be posted on popular Social Media sites.

“We plan to provide updates via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube,” says Rob.

The original news release for the website can be viewed here: Athabasca Landing Trail Website Launched


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