Notice: Majority of Trails Reopened Aug. 24
We are pleased to announce that a majority of the Birchwood Trails reopened Aug. 24, 2016.
Crews are currently performing regular maintenance to the trails, which had been postponed due to the wildfire and FireSmart hazard reduction activities. The Birchwood Trails will remain closed and barricaded until Aug. 24, as crews complete surface grading, washout repair and deadfall removal to ensure the trails are safe for use.
Residents are advised to observe all barricades and temporary signage.
Map: Trail Closures
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You can walk, run or bike along more than 130 kilometres of maintained trails in Fort McMurray known as the Birchwood Trails.
Most of the Birchwood Trails will reopen by Aug. 24, 2016, though certain sections that were heavily damaged will remain closed until further notice. Please observe all posted signage as closed areas are not safe for use.
Portions along following trails will remain closed until further notice [See map]:
- Wolf Trail along the entrance links at Lindstrom Crescent and Leggett Street
- Lynx trail including the entrance area behind Killdeer Way
- A small portion of Cougar Trail
- The link to Deer Trail from Brett Drive
- The entrance to Deer Trail from the Timberlea trail head
Construction for Phase 2 of the FireSmart program is scheduled to begin later in the fall, and sections of the Birchwood Trails will be temporarily closed while work is underway. Notification will be shared at that time to ensure public safety while continuing to provide access to unaffected areas.
While enjoying the trails, please observe the following:
- Use the trails at your own risk, and share the trails with other users.
- For safety, helmets are required for bike riders. (Bylaw 99/028).
- No motorized vehicles permitted unless authorized by special permit (Bylaw 98/078).
- No littering (Bylaw 07/043).
- All pets must be leashed (Bylaw 02/031). Please pick-up after your pets.
- Fires are not permitted (Bylaw 99/028).
- No person shall carry or discharge a firearm while on the trails (Bylaw 967).
Please direct questions and concerns regarding the trails to RMWB Parks at 780-799-5832.