National Trail Advocacy
Alberta is the birthplace of the national trail movement and Trailminders of the Bow Valley, based in Canmore, is represented on the Board of the National Trail Association which was founded in 1971.
From Calgary the call went out across Canada to meet and discuss the feasibility of establishing a footpath, primarily natural surface, to span the country; and then calling the Toronto meeting in April 1971 which endorsed exploration of the scheme.
At Red Deer in February 1978, representatives of Edmonton’s Waskahegan Trail Association, Calgary’s Rocky Mountain Ramblers Association and Chinook Trail Association (now disbanded) set out the principles and objectives of the newly-formed and incorporated National Trail Association of Canada. Again in Red Deer at the founding meeting of Alberta TrailNet in March 1992, our directors advocated that priority be given to establishing an east-west trail corridor across the province.
The aim of this event is to offer an opportunity for an enjoyable experience while meeting other hikers and discovering Canmore with its access to a wide range of trails and mountain routes along the Bow Valley, 100km west of Calgary on the Trans Canada Highway.
Hiking clubs everywhere should note these dates when planning their Spring program as many clubs aim to organize a trip, perhaps annually, to hike in the Canmore area. Clubs may want to schedule their own hikes on either or both days, giving a bit of a boost to the image and importance of walking and hiking to communities across the province, as well as exploring some new hiking experiences.
Alternatively, join a group coordinated by Trailminders of the Bow Valley, one day-long and one half-day hike on each day, group limit of 20 on each trip.
For those interested in planning for the whole weekend, in addition to B & Bs and motels (group discounts being sought), there are trailer park, campsite and hostel facilities nearby.
Details will follow but if further information is needed meantime, please contact Trailminders at email@example.com, and please provide club mailing address.
The Alberta Hiking Association is primarily an umbrella organization for hiking clubs from across the province. It is a registered non-profit society and it will provide a stronger province-wide voice for hikers who have had no one to speak for them collectively in the past.
- To act as an advocate at provincial and regional levels for walking, hiking and snowshoeing
- To create an information network that facilitates sharing ideas, concerns and actions needed to promote and preserve hiking and the natural environment on which it relies
- To advance the development and maintenance of well-built hiking trails and to encourage trail-building initiatives in Alberta
- To promote responsible, minimal-impact hiking that respects the natural environment and to educate others through example
- To increase awareness about the benefits to health and local economies of walking, hiking and snowshoeing
Any not-for-profit Alberta-based organization or group for which hiking, walking or snowshoeing is a significant part of their activities, and that support the objectives, may join the Association. In individuals who have similar interests, but who do not belong to any formal hiking organization, and would like to be more involved in supporting the objectives, are also encouraged to join. For further details and membership see www.abhiking.ca