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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Trail Conditions

Water Line Construction

July 2, 2019 Right now the trail is wet and muddy after the many days of rain we've experienced. Water line construction is continuing in two locations: a) Bonnyville towards Cold Lake, ending at RR431. Temporary detours have been set up around the work sites but the trail remains open to all users. Construction is expected to last through to the end of this year. b) Smoky Lake to RR130. The section of trail from Edwand to Bellis is closed but a temporary detour is set up with signage. The trail remains open to all users. Construction is expected to last through to the end of July. A quick reminder for users to stay on the trail and off of private property . . . whether it is posted or not. The trail is the old railway bed and is 99 feet wide. Wider rest stops are marked with signs; Middle Creek is the only one between Lindbergh and Heinsburg. If you see tracks going off onto any other property, this is not "permission" to do the same. We are getting complaints from adjacent landowners between Lindbergh and Heinsburg of trail users veering off the trail to get to the river edge or to challenge themselves on the hill banks. This is private land and you are trespassing so please don't do it. Call our toll free line if you notice any trail hazards; sink holes, trees down, signs missing at 1 (888) 645-4155.