Trail Projects: Prairie Provinces
Bragg Creek – Tom Snow Indigenous Historical Research – Study
The Bragg Creek Trail Association worked with Stoney Nakoda Nation to research the history of Chief Tom Snow, for whom a Trail section is named, as well as the Indigenous use of the Bragg Creek area for travel, trade and habitation.
Cypress Hills – Trail Construction
This project moved the Trail from 7 km of gravel and resource roads to a new 20-km multi-use trail, showcasing a beautiful area in southeastern Alberta.
Meadowlark Rail Trail – Construction
A section of roadway was replaced with a 7.2-km, 3-metre-wide non-motorized Trail section along an abandoned rail corridor in southern Alberta. This project also included the construction of bridges, fencing, culverts to improve drainage, and bollards to prevent the entry of motorized vehicles onto the trail.
Medicine Hat – Trail Bridge Improvement
The Medicine Hat Bridge underwent decking and reinforcement work to meet the load requirements of maintenance and snow clearing vehicles, allowing for increased seasonal trail usage and increased public safety.
Elphinstone Bridge Repairs
This project completed repairs to the Elphinstone Bridge over the Little Saskatchewan River. Additional redecking and foundation work on this former railway bridge has increased its lifespan, as well as safety for users by improving the railings and planks on the edges.
Rossburn Subdivision Trail – Trail Connection
Working in consultation with members of Waywayseecappo First Nation, a new Trail connection of approximately 4.6 km was constructed between Rossburn Subdivision Trail and Riding Mountain National Park. Integrated interpretive signage was installed to tell the story of the area and the history of the land, in addition to identifying flora and fauna unique to the area.
Winnipeg – The Speech Act Project – Healing Trails
Concurrent to the City of Winnipeg’s North Winnipeg Parkway upgrades, a final installation was completed to enhance the parkway and the Trans Canada Trail at the Norquay Community Centre in Michaëlle Jean Park. These upgrades included a seating component that overlooks the Red River, accompanied by public programming available in multiple local Indigenous languages.
Saskatoon – Meewasin Trail Improvements
An existing roadbed was converted to a 6-metre-wide trail, and traffic-flow enhancements were installed in some areas. The trail was updated with access gates, signage, trail lighting, new seating nodes, benches and trash receptacles. New plantings, with a focus on native and berry producing trees and shrubs, completed the work.
Sunset Beach – Realignment and Trail Development
This project involved upgrading an existing section of the Trail and building a new recreational trail along scenic Lake Diefenbaker. Wayfinding signs were installed, and this section is quickly becoming a favourite for the neighbourhood.