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.
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!
Resources, maps and everything you need to know for your historic adventure.Learn More
For all your trail planning needs and where to start, stop and stay.Learn More
From the historic Fort George Buckingham house to the Beaver River Trestle, there is so much to see and experience.Learn More
Your guide to communities situated along the trail.Learn More
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 https://wildfire.alberta.ca/prevention/ohv-safety.aspx
Check before you head out for changes in fire bans https://www.albertafirebans.ca/