The province is asking for your feedback to help shape the new trail strategy in the Canmore area. The feedback collected will help to establish a plan to upgrade and improve trails by addressing existing challenges, supporting outdoor recreation opportunities and conserving local ecosystems.

"The plan’s development will invite feedback from all Albertans while including local governments, Indigenous communities, recreation organizations and residents in developing a comprehensive trail plan for Crown land in the Bow Valley," the province stated. "This is a go-to destination for many to enjoy their favourite outdoor activities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and more."

Todd Loewen, Minister of Forestry and Parks underlined that 'well-maintained, safe trails allow visitors to explore nature, support healthy lifestyles and reduce impacts on natural spaces and human-wildlife interactions.'

"An integrated Crown land trails system in the Canmore area is needed to help manage current and future recreation and tourism demands. We are delivering on our promise to invest in the Canmore area."

In a news release, the province said that 'The Bow Valley is home to stunning mountain ranges, majestic wildlife and world-class recreation opportunities.'

The province also added that the strategy is designed to address the growing demand for trails in the Canmore area, providing world-renowned recreational opportunities while protecting local wildlife and conserving habitat.

"This engagement will contribute to a Crown land trails plan for the area and also support an update to the trails plan for the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park."

The information received from Albertans will help create a draft plan to be shared with the public before the plan is finalized. Albertans are encouraged to provide their feedback on phase one of the strategy by completing the online survey by July 24.

"Your input, as well as ongoing consultation with an advisory group including Indigenous communities and organizations, leaseholders, area landowners and local community organizations, will support Alberta’s commitment to improve recreational infrastructure and services in the Canmore area and the Bow Valley, ensuring that local trails may be enjoyed now and for years to come," the province stated. 

The Canmore Area Trail Strategy is being led by the Government of Alberta, Ministry of Forestry and Parks in partnership with the Town of Canmore and the M.D. of Bighorn.

On July 20, 2023, Premier Danielle Smith mandated the minister of Forestry and Parks to invest an additional $5 million in trail upgrades for Kananaskis Country and build new trails and campgrounds across Alberta. However, the scope of the strategy does not include changing regulatory tools or land designations.

"The strategy will recommend changes to the trails and trail use in the area which will be implemented over the next 10-15 years."

There are almost 850 kilometres of trails in the Canmore Area Trails Strategy project area.

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