Kananaskis Trail Stewardship

The culture of trail stewardship starts within our community. We strive to offer volunteer opportunities to enhance community involvement with our organization and to foster a powerful, broad-based public connection with Kananaskis Country. Our projects engage volunteers at all levels of ability and intensity, offering everyone an opportunity to give back to the Kananaskis Country trails they love.

We take pride in working to preserve the precious natural resources in balance with recreational needs for future generations.

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Trail Care

If you like recreating on trails, chances are you'll really enjoy building and maintaining them too! We primarily carry out volunteer trail care days throughout Kananaskis Country under the supervision of Alberta Parks staff to ensure safe, appropriate efforts to provide trail care and stewardship at the highest level of practice. Trail days typically consist of 10-20 volunteers who spend a half or full-day building and maintaining hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing trails.

Volunteers work is carried out using trail building hand tools such as a pulaski, axe, shovel, rake and shears to dig and rake duff and earth, lift and clear rocks and deadfall, and prune roots and shrubs.

It’s important to note that Alberta Parks only work on official designated trails. Many trails people use are not official. Unofficial trails get no maintenance from Parks.

3 NEW 2017 PROJECTS!!

We are pleased to offer the following amazing new volunteer opportunities:

Visitation Monitoring: Alberta Parks has a lack of social science data essential to understanding the potential impacts of recreation on park ecology and if recreation-based management objectives are being met. Understanding where people are recreating, what kinds of recreational activities they are pursuing, and where they have come from are essential components of this process. Increasing knowledge about the number of users, their type of use, and basic demographics can assist in site planning, developing robust social science research questions for future investigation, and future management planning initiatives.

We have an opportunity to help Alberta Parks learn more about trail users.

  • To define what kinds of recreational activities trail users engage in while in Kananaskis
  • To define group size and the number of vehicles belonging to each party
  • To define basic demographics of the Kananaskis trail user (e.g., age, gender, city of residence).

A one-hour training session will be offered on June 11 at 9:30am at the Canmore Nordic Centre (allowing participant to then enjoy Trails Fest!!).

Interested in helping Alberta Parks meet their conservation and recreation goals? Sign up HERE.

Volunteer Trail Inventory Collection Project: The Public Land - Backcountry Trails team needs your help in collecting trail, sign, and infrastructure inventory on public land. This opportunity includes hiking an assigned trail with a partner or group of friends. You will be provided a tablet to GPS track the trail as well as identify signage and infrastructure locations and its condition.

This information will help the Backcountry team inventory the trail conditions of selected designated trails on public land, where signage is missing or outdated, as well as where the infrastructure is and if it is functioning or needing repairs/maintenance. This information will help the Backcountry team identify where they should deploy their team in order to prioritize improvement projects.

We are recruiting volunteers to help with this project. Volunteers will be trained on how to use the tablet and gather the data in a consistent manner.

A one-hour training session will be offered on June 11 at 3:00pm at the Canmore Nordic Centre - following Trails Fest.

Project Dates: This project will occur from June 24 – July 10. Selected trails will be offered to volunteers for inventorying between these dates. List of selected trails to be inventoried will be shared at the June 11 training.

Sign Up: Interested in hiking and inventorying trails between June 24 – July 10! Sign up HERE.

Trail Monitoring: The Friends of Kananaskis, in partnership with Alberta Parks, will assist with the design and implementation of a data collection program targeting human use on trails within Kananaskis Country to ensure recreational opportunities and ecological requirements are maintained for current and future generation. Volunteers will help service trail monitoring cameras and counters. More information on volunteer recruitment and training coming soon.

Join Us

If you wish to get involved, join us, it’s free! By signing up, you’ll receive notifications for upcoming volunteer  events and have access to all trail event sign ups.

Become a Crew Leader

If you are interested in greater involvement and inspiring others, consider a leadership role as a Crew Leader and enroll in our Volunteer Crew Leader Training courses normally held in the spring. Interested? Contact Us.

Here’s what you can expect for 2016 and beyond:

  • Limited (1-3 week) advanced notice for work project calls;
  • Several day projects working on one specific trail or area;
  • Hard work at the start of these multi day projects, and easier work as the project goes on;
  • Last minute switches in location on work projects;
  • Projects throughout Kananaskis Country