Type of Trail:
The trail route uses existing pathways, consisting of a combination of road allowances, open countryside, wooded areas, bush land, footbridges, gravel roads, secondary roads and railway beds. Between Perryvale and Meanook, with the exception of a few short link sections, the trail closely follows the Old Landing Trail. Trail use is permitted year-round, but be prepared for some boggy sections in the spring.
Trailheads are located in Athabasca, Colinton and Perryvale, with Trans Canada Trail signage in place. A Trans Canada Trail Pavilion is located at the Athabasca trailhead.
Washrooms and/or shelters will be available at all three trailheads. (Construction will be done over the next year.) Camping is available at the Athabasca Municipal campground. There is a general store in Perryvale and several stores and cafes located in Colinton and Athabasca.
Points of Interest:
Following the route of the historic Athabasca Landing Trail, the trail passes through beautiful, open, rolling countryside and crosses close to the shore of a small, pretty, un-named lake, eventually skirting around the hamlet of Meanook to the southwest side of Colinton. In doing so, it climbs over a steep escarpment between the northern river basin (draining into the Beaufort Sea) and the prairie river basin (draining into Lake Winnipeg and thence into Hudson Bay). Crossing the line of the Old Landing Trail, it winds its way through a wooded area emerging onto the eastern bank of the Tawatinaw Creek. After crossing a footbridge (not yet constructed), the trail reaches the southern shore of the Athabasca River, adjacent to the Town of Athabasca campground
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