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Athabasca County

Fort Saskatchewan Bridge

Two new bridges in 2017

Two new bridges are being built to complete the Athabasca Landing Trail connections through Athabasca County. The first is a new pedestrian bridge over the Redwater River, which will be completed in 2017. It replaces a decommissioned bridge removed in 2016. The second goes over the Twatinaw River in south Colinton and will be completed in 2017.

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Athabasca to Colinton Trail opened in 2014

The 13 km Athabasca to Colinton trail was built along an undeveloped road allowance in 2013-14. This project involved the innovative use of geotextile and NeoWeb products to address areas of wet and boggy terrain. These products were developed for use in the oil and gas industry but are also extremely useful in addressing challenging trail conditions.

Athabasca County received funding from Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation and from Trans Canada Trail to develop the trail. Volunteers from the Athabasca Recreational Trails Association and Western Canadian Wagon Train led the project. A new bridge and several culverts were included in the installation.

>> Trail Opening News Release

>> Interpretive Sign in Colinton

>> Building the Trail


Twatinaw to Rochester:

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This stretch of trail is 10 km long and has not yet been completed. However, three projects along this trail section were built in 2010 and include:

Rochester: a staging area that includes picnic tables, benches, waste receptacles, washroom and a covered kiosk with signage was built. Funding for materials and equipment was raised by the Athabasca Recreational Trails Association (ARTA). The work was done by volunteers from ARTA and the Rochester Agricultural Society

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Colinton: A picnic shelter was constructed in Colinton with funding raised by the Athabasca Recreational Trails Association (ARTA). The work was done by volunteers from ARTA and the Colinton Playground Committee.

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Perryvale: a local artist was commissioned to refurbish two community signs Funding for these amenities came from Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation.