The Waskahegan Trail Association is a volunteer organization dedicated to building and maintaining the Waskahegan Trail around Edmonton and neighboring east and south areas.
Planning for the trail began in 1967 by the Edmonton – Oil Capital Kiwanis Club as a Canadian Centennial project. The organizers obtained enthusiastic support from the city and provincial government, the Scouts Association, and the Canadian Hostelling Association, the expertise of the Bruce Trail Association, and on-going publicity from the Edmonton Journal. The “Regional Trails Committee” was established, permissions from private landowners were obtained, and the hard work of trail construction began. Many local citizens, as well as scout troops, high school students, first-year carpentry students from NAIT, and eight unemployed men under the Federal Local Initiatives Program, participated in the effort.
In 1969, the committee was dissolved and the Waskahegan Trail Association was registered as a non-profit, charitable organization. It continues to be run by volunteers under the administration of an elected president and board of directors.
Thanks to the volunteer work of members, the generosity of landowners and the assistance of many government and non-government organizations, the Trail continues to grow. Presently it is 309 kilometres long.
The Waskahegan Trail Association is Charitable Organization registered under the Societies Act in the Province of Alberta. Our by-laws were last updated in 2007.
The board is run by volunteers and consists of an elected president, immediate past president, and ten elected directors.
We also have volunteers perform trail maintenance, lead guided hikes, and assist with the duties of the board.
The Waskahegan Wanderings is published twice a year.
We are members of the Alberta Hiking Association.
The Edmonton Hikers Meetup Group has walks, hikes, and trips that appeal to a variety of outdoor interests, and suit different levels of fitness and experience. You will find our guided hikes on their calendar.
The Waskahegan Trail Association is a Not-for-Profit Society incorporated under Alberta’s Societies Act and a Registered Charity by Canada Revenue Agency (11928 8827 RR0001)
Your donation will help support our goals of promoting and maintaining this most valuable resource for the people of Alberta and the visitors to our province. Any donation over $10 will be receive a tax receipt.
You can use the contact form or send an email to
You can also write to us at
Waskahegan Trail Association
P.O. Box 131
Edmonton, AB T5J 2G9