parkland, linking prairie, wetlands, aspen woodlots and pine forests. It connects the multi-cultural communities of the region and is an alliance of municipal, recreation and service organizations committed to preserving this historic transportation corridor for the benefit of today's citizens and generations yet to come. Our goal is to develop a trail for people to discover their environment in a variety ofways while encouraging the protection of natural and cultural heritage.
In September 1999, many interested citizens from Smoky Lake to Heinsburg joined together to form the Riverland Recreational Trail Society to build and operate a trail from Fort Saskatchewan to the Saskatchewan border. With support from the Alberta TrailNet Society, they have been successful in achieving much of this goal.
In the mid 1800s, Red River Carts traveled parts of Alberta's Iron Horse Trail. Wheel wright Roy Scott of Heinsburg maintains the ancient craft.
1993 – Roy Scott’s vision for a trail
Grand opening of the trail June 3, 2003.
Visit Mural Park for a view of
Elk Point History from 1885 onward.
The Heinsburg Water Tower is the best
example in Alberta of a wooden water tower.
Visit Metis Crossing on the Victoria Trail
south of Smoky Lake
Where the trail meets the North Saskatchewan River.
Many people consider Alberta's Iron Horse Trail to be on the original Trans Canada Trail - used since the 1700s for exploration and fur trade.
View of the North Saskatchewan River from Tomison Point at Fort George Buckingham House Historic Site
Stop at Anshaw rest stop on Moose Lake, west of Bonnyville. You will find the concrete foundation of water tower from the steam train era.