New Banff trail announced

June 2, 2009 | 8 comments

Trans Canada Trail’s president and CEO Deborah Apps was in Banff for the announcement of the creation of the new Banff Legacy Trail on May 19.

Ms. Deborah Apps, President and CEO Trans Canada Trail

The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environmental Minister, announced the new 26-km recreational trail from Canmore to the Bow River Parkway will be part of the Trans Canada Trail.  The federal government will contribute $6.75 million to the paved pathway which will be suitable for  activities such as walking, bicycling and in-line skating, and will provide residents as well as Canadian and foreign visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the area’s world-famous Rocky Mountains.

Deborah Apps thanked the Minister and the many partners involved in the project which has been under discussion for many years.  She applauded the work of Alberta TrailNet Society, Trans Canada Trail’s provincial partner.  “We are proud that this spectacular trail section will be part of the Trans Canada Trail. It is an important addition to our cross-Canada Trail as it winds from coast to coat to coast, showcasing the diverse landscape, rich history and natural beauty of the country.”

Gemma on the Legacy Trail

The Banff Legacy Trail will be completed by 2010 in time to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the creation of Banff National Park – the birthplace of Canada’s national park system.


  • I am really thrilled to read about these 3 new trail sections through some of the most beautiful parts of the country. This will be wonderful for us who live here and should also attract tourists from other countries.
    I am pleased to have had a small part in it and will participate again, I am sure.

    Elaine  |  June 3rd, 2009 at 1:34 pm

  • If this is the same trail that one could cross-countryski on, it will be wonderful. It made a great ski from south to north!

    Reta Lemaster  |  June 3rd, 2009 at 3:02 pm

  • This is great news !,…
    Woo Hoo ! let the trail building continue.

    Cheers everyone


    Dave  |  June 3rd, 2009 at 3:53 pm

  • It would enhance these news items greatly if you would include a small map of the new section of trail, showing relation to nearby town/city. Thanks.

    Kathie  |  June 4th, 2009 at 9:32 am

  • Agree that map of new trail would be very beneficial.

    Rob  |  June 8th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

  • I was quite pleased to hear of the Banff Trail continuing through part of our fabulous Rockies. As recreational cyclists, my hubby and I look forward to cycling to Banff. We have never attempted it on the highway – too dangerous for us seniors. Now, we will have a chance to do something we have wanted to do for several years. I have participated financially for many years, so to see this happening is fantastic.

    Maureen Martel  |  August 14th, 2009 at 9:46 am

  • I am very disappointed to learn that no more names can be added to the Calgary kiosk and that there are no apparent plans to enlarge the current one or build a new one. Please rethink this decision.

    charlotte murray  |  April 15th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

  • Donors have been exceptionally supportive of the Trail in the Calgary area, which has resulted in this Pavilion being the first to reach full capacity for donor and honouree names. We’re so pleased with this tremendous support. We are assessing the expected life spans of all of our pavilions, recognizing that this capacity issue will become an eventuality in other communities as well. In all cases, including Calgary, the availability of funding for such structures, physical space constraints and buy-in from pavilion space landowners for new or expanded pavilions will be key considerations as we consider solutions. We will keep you posted! In the meantime, we will be recognizing Calgary and area donors in the Canmore pavilion or another pavilion of their choice.

    Trans Canada Trail
    Donor Services

    Trans Canada Trail  |  April 15th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

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