Iron Horse Trail

From rails to trails…

Experience walking, wagon and cycling adventures as well as snowmobile, ATV and horseback riding on the Iron Horse Trail!

The Iron Horse Trail is a most remarkable multi-use recreational corridor, taking its name from its former use as a railroad. Because this corridor has been in existence since the beginning of the twentieth century, the ecology of the Trail is relatively untouched.

The Trail runs through mixed wood forest, farmland, crosses streams and rivers, and skirts lakes. The user of the Trail will find a total of eighteen railroad trestles, those marvels of engineering that have stood the test of time.

The Iron Horse Trail is 278 km long

Runs from Heinsburg in the east to Waskatenau in the west to Cold Lake in the northeast. The trail passes through several rural communities which provide complete services for the traveler. It can be accessed from any town along the route.

The Trail consists of two routes, one starting in Waskatenau and running through Smoky Lake, Vilna, Spedden, Ashmont, St. Paul, Elk Point, Lindbergh, and ending in Heinsburg. The other route starts in a place called Abilene Junction, just east of Ashmont, and runs through Mallaig, Therien, Glendon, Franchere, Bonnyville, Fort Kent, Ardmore, and ends in Cold Lake.

The Smoky Lake Region has over 500 km of snowmobile trails

Winter outdoor activities are popular in the region. For snowmobile riders the area is known for a extensive network of trails (winter use only) and new ones are being built every year. The Iron Horse Trail connects many of these trails together and provides good access to services for snowmobile users. Bring your family and friends for a adventure you will remember. The Iron Horse Trail is best ride for all ages.

Link to Iron Horse Trail


Smoky Lake Region has well developed parks system. The settlements located in the area have parks and campgrounds within their boundaries. Walking trails which are also used as cross country skiing trails in the winter months located in each community . Several parks are located at lakes and points of interest. Check out our various parks around the region.

For overnight stays at any of our parks you may want to reserve a camp spot. Go here for details.

Make sure wood is available if your plan on having a fire or you may just bring your own. Please enjoy our many parks or trails and remember to be careful with your cooking or campfires.

Come with us on a scenic trip down the Victoria Trail. You will be taken to the historical Victoria Settlement and Mètis Crossing.
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Shaun Green
Economic Development Officer
PO Box 310 Smoky Lake, AB T0A 3C0
Tel: (780) 271-1111
Fax: (780) 656-3768
Toll Free in Alberta: 1-888-656-3730

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