Iron Horse Communities

Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail connects the historical, multi-cultural communities of the Lakeland region and is an alliance of municipal, recreation and service organizations committed to preserving this historic corridor for the benefit of today’s citizens and generations yet to come, working together to protect our natural and cultural heritage.

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Use the list to discover the services found in each community along the trail

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The perfect place to start your journey, especially on horseback. This community embodies the heart of the prairies and boasts monthly country music jamborees, heritage days in August, and you can even fish for a variety of fish (walleye, pike, perch) in the surrounding lakes.

Visitor Information: 1-888-452-5962


An impressive trestle awaits you in Bellis. Be sure to browse through the local antique store, and partake in the excellent blueberry picking.


This community is situated amidst clear lakes, sandy beaches, and forests that abound with wildlife. You can go fishing, hiking, mountain biking, quadding and you can even rent motorized water sports equipment!

Shaw House Visitor information: (780) 826-3252

Cold Lake

With the deepest lake in Alberta; a unique inland marina; beautiful beaches and provincial parks; a rich culture and arts scene; and modern sports facilities, Cold Lake is the perfect place to end your Iron Horse Trail adventure.

Visitor Information/Chamber of Commerce: (780) 594-4747

Elk Point

Beautiful views of the North Saskatchewan River await you at Elk Point. There is an area for you to launch a canoe or kayak onto the river and the town boasts a full range of services for your journey along the trail.

Visitor Information Centre: (780) 724-4421

Fort Kent


Stop in and have your picture taken under the 25 foot pyrogy, or come by in August for Demolition Derby. Big events in a small town!

Visitor Information: (780) 635-3807


Historic Heinsburg, “the liveliest little ghost town in Alberta” boasts a historic train and station and is an ideal place to begin your adventure.


Lindbergh offers a welcoming staging area before the scenic stretch of the trail along the North Saskatchewan River


Explore this region of beautiful pothole lakes and traverse gentle, rolling slopes. Here, you can visit the charming museum or plan to attend Haying in the 30’s -a cancer fundraiser and interactive event highlighting early farming methods.

Smoky Lake

Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail winds through the Smoky Lake valley and into the community of Smoky Lake. The trail east of Smoky Lake takes you through sand hills and jack pine forests

Visitor Information: (780) 656-3674


St. Paul

St Paul’s is known as “A People Kind of Place,” and is surrounded by rich agricultural land. Stop by the UFO landing pad and grab lunch at one of the many restaurants while you’re in St. Paul. The staging area is well-developed with a fish pond, full hookup campground, modern bathrooms and right on the trail.

Visitor Info: 780-645-6800


An impressive trestle more than 200m in length awaits just after the Bellis Junction. Beyond is the village of Vilna, home to the world’s largest mushrooms, and noted for having Alberta’s oldest operating pool hall.


A small hamlet named for HMS Warspite after the Battle of Jutland.


Start your adventure in the town of Waskatenau on their walking trail that winds through the community. Waskatenau is at the western end of Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail and features a must-see trestle which was used by CN at the peak of rail use in the area.

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