Rest Stops are day use only, various stops along the way, please....what you pack in...pack out (garbage, empty drinking containers, etc)
Rest stops are at smaller centers and former rail yards. They are limited to a map, washrooms and picnic tables.
Whatever your interests: wildlife, natural beauty, history or just the chance to spend time in the country, Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail (AIHT) welcomes you.
This is the longest continuous recreation trail in the province of Alberta, traversing ten municipalities and a variety of eco-zones from boreal forest, to parkland, to cultivated farmland. Designated a recreation corridor in 2001, it has a long and ancient story to tell.
Portions of the trail in turn, have been used by First Nations, the early fur traders and Metis Red River cart brigades.
From 1927 – 2000, the corridor provided the vital rail link that opened up the region to settlement and supported the growing rural economy.
Wildlife, scenery, historic buildings and farmsteads will give you a glimpse of the rich tapestry that is Northeastern Alberta. AIHT, now a recreational trail, is a work in progress.
Some heavy ballast and soft sand from the recently abandoned rail bed remain, making short segments of the trail a challenge. This is, in part, a wilderness trail. Bear, moose, deer, coyotes, badgers and other wildlife are occasionally spotted.
Be prepared. Consider yourself among the newest adventurers on this historic route.
Voluntary trail passes are available at ‘trail friendly’ local businesses. This is one way to show your support for recreation corridors. The voluntary trail pass comes with a handsome, souvenir decal.
Taking a few minutes to wade in the waters of
Moose Lake at the Anshaw rest stop.
The Southwest Branch
The first rest stop heading east is Edwand, a former stop along the rail line.
The Northeast Branch
The historic rest stop at Anshaw is well worth your time. Bonnyville will take visitors back to earlier times through museum displays of a trapper’s cabin, one room schoolhouse and antique farm equipment. Take a hike and enjoy watchable wildlife at Jessie Lake Trail, south of town. Further east, at Fort Kent, stop for a tour of the LARA agricultural interpretive grounds.
The Southeast Branch
The first stop following Abilene Junction is a small rest stop in the farming community of Owlseye. East of St. Paul, the trail enters a quiet valley wilderness passing Edouardville and then into Dog Rump Creek valley and the Armistice rest stop. Traveling eastward, the trail passes oilfield well sites, farm fields, Muriel rest stop, valleys and forests.