Happy trails to you – Bike and Trails group excited about expansion – The Cold Lake Sun

Dan Brisebois
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Published on: September 14, 2020 | Last Updated: September 14, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

With seven existing trails running about six kilometres, the local trails system is still in development, but promises to be one of the City’s top tourism draws, according to the Cold Lake Bike Park and Trails Society.

The society, formed last spring, now has seven members, and Don Harris and Ed Machtmes updated City Council on progress on the project during its Tuesday, September 8 meeting.

To date, nearly 900 volunteer hours have been invested in the construction of the trails.  That doesn’t include time spent on regular trail maintenance and inspection.

“I can’t emphasize enough how are volunteers and the community have stepped up,” Matchmes added. “We have saved tens of thousands of dollars from people that would just come up out of the blue. We post on social media that we need either people or materials or what have you, and it just shows up.  It’s just amazing.”

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Alberta Equine Partners take action for those facing financial distress – Lethbridge News Now

LETHBRIDGE, AB. — Alberta’s Equestrian Federation (AEF) is taking pro-active action to ensure horses are cared for during the coming winter months.

It’s estimated Alberta is home to 33 per cent of Canada’s horse population – roughly about 320,000 horses. The equine industry is diverse and includes racing, sport, ranching, breeding, boarding, pleasure, recreation, and companion animals.

With that in mind, it’s known the COVID-19 pandemic is already causing financial distress on the equine industry in the province and there is likely to be a struggle this winter to provide basic care to horses.

A recent province-wide survey of the Alberta equine community, found one in five respondents said that they need help for their horses, donkeys or mules.

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Trail fees in Bighorn Country being discussed as area becomes overrun with campers – City News

by Taylor Braat, Derek Craddock

POSTED AUG 4, 2020 8:39 AM MDT

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CALGARY (CityNews) – The Bighorn Country area has been overrun with campers, garbage, and a lack of social distancing. Now trail fees are being discussed at the provincial level.

The large piece of land near Sundre and Rocky Mountain House is becoming a popular go-to this summer as Albertans flock to nature, one of few reprieves from the city and the reality of COVID-19.

A June report from the Bighorn Backcountry Standing Committee said garbage is being left behind, social distancing isn’t happening, and large groups are camping in random areas.

The Alberta Hiking Association is now proposing camping fees, and it has provincial support.

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Calgary through the eyes of new bike riders – CBC

In an empty school parking lot in southwest Calgary, Candi DeVetten practises riding her new bike. 

She teeters at first, reaching out a foot to stop from falling. DeVetten finds her balance and tries again. Soon, she is off, riding smoothly and sporting a big grin. 

“It feels so freeing,” says DeVetten, 32, who learned how to ride a bike for the first time in mid-May.

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8 Waterfall Hikes In Alberta That Only Locals Know About – from Narcity

If you love chasing waterfalls, chances are you’ve seen the Sunwapta Falls on repeat. But there are so many other cascading sights to discover off the beaten path. We’re spilling all the waterfall hikes in Alberta that only locals know about.

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Edmonton’s 1 km Staircase Trail Leads You To A Stunning Waterfront Lookout – Narcity

You are going to need your beast mode playlist for this trail. For those of you looking to spice up your gym routine, we know just the spot. This one-kilometre route is perfect for when you want to get in a workout while enjoying the sunshine. You need to try climbing Wolf Willow Stairs in Edmonton to enjoy the stunning waterfront lookout.

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Canadian Trails News Sources

Interested in trails in Canada? Why not learn about them through the links to the news of the groups making and supporting trails in Canada!

Equine Industry Symposium

CRHRA Newsletter

Ontario Trails – Trailwise

Newfoundland Trailway

Island Trails

NSTrails

SentierNBTrails

Conseil Quebecois du Loisir

Trails Manitoba

SaskTrails

Alberta TrailNet

Outdoor Recreation Council of BC

AQCC

Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada

Northwest Territories Parks and Recreation News

Recreation and Parks Association of the Yukon News

Hike BC

Canadian Trails Federation