Bikers, walkers and runners can rejoice with the re-opening of more than 130 km of maintained trails in Fort McMurray.
The municipality announced that the majority of the Birchwood trails are set to be open for the public on Wednesday August 24th but for the time being will still be barricaded with no access allowed.
Maintenance on the trails will still continue after being postponed due to the wildfire and FireSmart hazard reduction activities. These crews are still checking surface grading, washout repair and deadfall removal to ensure the trails are safe.
There are a few areas that will remain closed, those being the more heavily damaged spots from the wildfires. They will have posted signage over all the restricted areas to make sure no one wanders into these unsafe areas.
These areas include:
- 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 on Phase 2 of the FireSmart program will begin in the Fall with sections of the trails being closed off for the time being.
To see a map of the affected areas you can visit rmwb.ca/birchwoodtrails.