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

Hot and dry weather increases the risk for wildfires. Do your part by ensuring your equipment is clean, stay on the trail surface and avoid making a campfire.

Please Note: Elk Point is the last stop going east for services; gas, accommodation and food.

The northeast is experiencing very hot and dry conditions. Smoky Lake County has a fire ban in place while the County of St. Paul and M.D. of Bonnyville have fire restrictions. Please refrain from having a fire while on the trail, stay on the trail surface and avoid going in the vegetation along the side of trail and, lastly, check your equipment to make sure you have no dry debris stuck around the exhaust system

Check before you head out for changes in fire bans