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Creating partnerships to support Alberta trails

Press Release

Nov 17, 2023

Alberta’s government is providing $1 million in funding to enhance activity on non-motorized trails on public lands.

Alberta is home to 4,219 kilometres of provincially designated trails where Albertans can enjoy non-motorized activities. By partnering with community organizations that help maintain Alberta’s world-class trail system, Alberta’s government is ensuring future generations can enjoy the province’s trails because of a strong focus on sustainable recreation, responsible use and protecting the environment.

Each year, Albertans spend $2.3 billion on Crown land recreation and another $376 million on recreation equipment and accessories. Alberta’s government continues to support the use of public lands for ongoing recreation and tourism opportunities by providing grants to trail organizations, municipalities and Indigenous communities and organizations that maintain non-motorized trails.

“Alberta’s public land trails span our province and provide a great opportunity to grow tourism, bring more customers to businesses in rural communities and support a healthy lifestyle for Albertans who enjoy a great outdoor adventure.”

Todd Loewen, Minister of Forestry and Parks

Applications are now being accepted for projects that enhance recreation opportunities, improve access, user experiences and safety on public land trails are eligible to apply. Funding can also be used for building operational capacity through engagement, planning, administrative activities and training for community organizations.

“The Crown Lands Partnership Program grant played a crucial role in supporting our trail work on Alberta public lands in the past year. This grant not only facilitated funding for trail operations but also covered the behind-the-scenes coordination, which is often more challenging to secure funding for.”

Kate Hamilton, executive director, Great Divide Trail Association

Community organizations seeking information or funding for trails used by off-highway vehicles are encouraged to contact either the Alberta Snowmobile Association or the Alberta Off-Highway Vehicle Association for more information.

Quick facts

  • The Ministry of Forestry and Parks established Alberta’s Public Land Trails Grant Program in 2022 to provide funding opportunities for recreation partners.
  • In 2022-23 Alberta’s government provided $1.2 million to non-motorized trail projects.
  • The Alberta Snowmobile Association and Alberta Off-Highway Vehicle Association have been allocated $2 million as part of Budget 2023 to coordinate projects on motorized trails.

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