Master Plan

ALT Master Plan

A conceptual master plan for the proposed Athabasca Landing Trail was completed on March 31, 2010. The plan shows the proposed route for this 150 km non-motorized recreational trail, which runs between Fort Saskatchewan and Athabasca, and highlights the region's historic and natural features.

The plan was developed over the past year by Stantec Consulting Ltd. under the guidance of the Athabasca Landing Trail steering committee, a partnership of municipalities and recreation organizations. The Alberta government provided a $50,000 grant to fund the project in 2008 and their contribution was matched by contributions from five municipalities along the trail corridor. Additional project funding and support was provided by Alberta TrailNet Society.

The planning stage of the project included extensive landowner and community consultation in the region throughout 2009; discussions and agreements about rights-of-way are continuing and may necessitate some adjustments to the plan. Expected trail use includes hiking, horseback riding, cycling, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, horse and wagon and more.

Wherever practical, the proposed recreational trail route follows the historic Athabasca Landing Trail, which played a key role in delivering goods and services between Edmonton and Athabasca in the late 1800s, and was an important transportation route for settlers in the area. This route is also designated as part of the Trans Canada Trail; it links to the River Valley Alliance Trail in the south and to both the land and water routes north to the Arctic Ocean.

Communities near or along the trail include Athabasca, Colinton, Meanook, Perryvale, Rochester, Tawatinaw, Nestow, Clyde, Westlock, Waugh, Fedorah, Bon Accord, Gibbons, Lamoureux and Fort Saskatchewan.

Overview of the Master Plan