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.

Explore The Iron Horse Trail

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

Spring Trails | Water Line Construction

Effective Monday, April 26th, water line construction will start on Alberta`s Iron Horse Trail between Mallaig and Ashmont. The contractor for the project will be removing snow and preparing the work site and on May 4th, they will begin pushing pipe. The contractor has agreed to keep the trail open during construction but we ask for the public`s assistance in ensuring the trail through this area is safe to use. Please obey all signs, slow down and watch for heavy equipment and workers. Respect the work area and any worker who stops you and asks you to wait until the trail is clear of equipment or material. Construction is scheduled to be complete September 28, 2018.

As we transition from winter snowmobiling to summer ATVing on the trail, here are a couple of things to watch out for.

Spring run-off: Watch out for washouts, especially where there are culverts going under the trail.

Signage: There might be missing stop signs at some intersections due to winter plowing. STOP at all crossings.

Water & Mud: Last year, we had major water issues from Range Road 85 and east to Edouardville. The County of St. Paul worked diligently to get trenching in place to drain the water. This might be a problem spot again this spring so use caution in the area. We also had a major water and mud issue just west of Heinsburg. It is on the schedule for repair this spring. Please use extreme caution or avoid this area altogether.

If you encounter an issue, notice a missing sign, or sport any other problem, contact us.