The Longest Completed Section of the Trans-Canada Trail in Alberta

Imagine: the mid 1800s, during the peak of the fur trade, a Red River Cart journeys down the corridor that is now known as Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail. In fact, you can still see some of the ruts left behind by these pieces of our history. Later, in the 1900s this route was used by CN for its train–endearingly referred to as the Iron Horse.

In 1999, people from across The Lakeland came together to preserve this historic route so that enjoyment of this trail and park system lasts for generations to come.

Discover A Legacy!

Over 300 km of trails and parks will take you down this historic route through the heart of northeast Alberta—through parkland, boreal forest, wetlands and sand dunes. Venture on to the trail by horse, ATV, snowmobile, wagon, bicycle or for a breathtaking hike in Alberta!

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The Trail

Resources, maps and everything you need to know for your historic adventure.

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Staging Areas
& Rest Stops

For all your trail planning needs and where to start, stop and stay.

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From the historic Fort George Buckingham house to the Beaver River Trestle, there is so much to see and experience.

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Your guide to communities situated along the trail.

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Our Partners


Visit the Travel Lakeland website for a full listing of events in Canada’s Lakeland

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Visit the Iron Horse Trail Blog

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Purchase your exclusive Iron Horse Trail gear online!

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Trail Conditions

Waterline Construction & COVID 19 Information

Waterline construction is ongoing on the trail from Bonnyville, northeast to Range Road 33. The trail is open with detour signs in place to get you around the active construction site. The trail base is in the process of being put back in place so expect it to be rough and muddy when it rains.

The Iron Horse Trail is open to the public during COVID 19. However, amenities are not being actively cleaned and disinfected. This includes outhouses, shelters, picnic tables, benches, gates, railing, signage, corrals and hitching rails. Trail users are asked to maintain the 2m. physical distancing requirements and, even though you are outdoors, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.

Interested in the future of Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail?

Share your ideas about where and how the trail can be improved.

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