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Trail Systems

An excellent place for your next day trip, Athabasca County plays host to many recreational trails for hikers, equestrian and off highway vehicles alike. They offer vistas of the region not available from roads or highways and are open for all to use. Operated by not-for-profit organizations in conjunction with the County and other provincial and national organizations there is much to be experienced by those who want to go on a little adventure.

Riverfront Boardwalk

Enjoy the Riverfront Boardwalk in downtown Athabasca and the interpretive signage along Rotary Way, which follows the south bank of the mighty Athabasca River. A paved portion of Rotary Way is wheelchair accessible. Picnic tables and benches placed along the walk make an ideal stopping place to watch the river or have a lunch break. Parking is plentiful, and access is ideal for campers and RVs. It’s close to the downtown core, grocery stores, a skateboard and kiddies’ park as well.

For more information, contact the Town of Athabasca at (780) 675 2063.

Muskeg Creek Trail

Located in the Town of Athabasca, the Muskeg Creek Trail boasts more than 17 kms of trails throughout the natural Boreal forest.  Enjoy beautiful vistas as the creek runs in the Spring and see if you can spot a deer or two!

In the winter months, the trails are maintained and groomed by the Athabasca Nordic Ski Club with a 1.2 km lighted loop.  Enter at the Muskeg Creek Chalet, by the Landing Trail Intermediate School, or at Athabasca University.

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For more information, contact the Town of Athabasca at (780) 675 2063.

Athabasca Landing Trail

Athabasca has deep roots to the early fur trade industry and exploration of the west. The Athabasca Landing Trail is today’s link to the past and is yours to experience. It has been developed and is maintained by the Athabasca Landing Trail Association.

The trail is currently under development as a partnership of Alberta TrailNet Society, Government of Alberta, the five municipalities along the trail, and two regional trail groups. ALT is part of the Trans Canada Trail and the start of its only overland route into the northern territories. It can be accessed from the end of 47th Street in the Town of Athabasca.

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River Runners Snowmobile Trail

There are many great outdoor opportunities in the Athabasca Region to take advantage of including a network of groomed snowmobile trails. They offer the chance to safely explore the outdoors by snowmobile with the added safety of rest stops and shelters. Plus, they are approved trails which makes the experience easy and trouble free.

The Athabasca River Runners Snowmobile Club grooms and maintains these trails in the Athabasca Region during the winter months only. More information about the club, snowmobile safety tips and a map of the trail system can be viewed by clicking on the map link below.

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Peace River Trail

The Peace River Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail, is maintained by the Athabasca Landing Trails Association.  This 60 km route winds its way along the Athabasca River through Boreal forest and runs through public wilderness land administered by Alberta-Pacific Forestries Inc.  The trail is accessible by road and begins approximately 30 km North of the Town of Athabasca.

For more information on the path, including a map, visit the Alberta TrailNet website by clicking on the link below.

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Poacher's Landing

Located close to Alberta Pacific Forest Industries, many of the trails at Poacher’s Landing are maintained by the Poacher’s Landing Recreation Society.  The network of trails and bridges winds through sand and pine terrain, as well as poplar forests.

For more information on this Recreation Area, visit the Alberta Parks website.

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Athabasca County has bylaws that work in conjunction with provincial and national laws for off highway vehicle use.

They are in place to protect the environment, respect land ownership, help riders follow trail use guidelines and ensure the long-term viability of trail systems in the region.

An informational webpage and brochure have been prepared to serve as a reference for those riding off-highway vehicles.

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Trail Use Liability

According to The Occupiers’ Liability Act, 2003, the liability of an occupier to a person who uses premises for a recreational purpose shall be determined as if the person were a trespasser. Therefore, owners and occupiers would not be held liable for anything that is common practice, except where death or injury to recreational visitors occurs due to the willful and reckless conduct of the landowner or land occupier.

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