Canmore corridor regional trails plan

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Participation in trail activities has increased greatly in the Calgary area. Although many miles of old paths and resource trails exist, they are under-utilized by recreationists as the locations are not generally known, and the trails lack maintenance and conformity with accepted trail standards. The Canmore Corridor was selected as an area with potential to satisfy a portion of the trail needs. This thesis formulates a plan for the development of non-motorized trails in the Canmore Corridor. Recreation use studies were reviewed to identify the trail types required. A survey of trail planning and development efforts indicated the elements necessary for successful trail implementation. The Canmore Corridor's potential for trail development was assessed by considering the following biophysical and cultural factors: topography, drainage, surficial landforms, soils, vegetation, fish and wildlife, climate, land ownership, land use, and historic resources. Criteria for locating trail corridors were established and design specifications outlined for hiking, interpretive, cross-country ski, equestrian, and bicycle trails. The writer conducted an inventory of existing trails and potential trail destinations. Utilizing an overlay mapping process, the areas and routes most sujtable for trail development were identifiect, by overlaying the important biophysical and cultural factors. Based on the results of this synthesis and the trail design criteria, a comprehensive system of 22 trail routes and corridors was proposed for development. The 22 routes were ranked according to development priority. A strategy was then recommended for the implementation of the regional trails plan.
Bibliography: p. 160-171.
McCully, R. A. (1978). Canmore corridor regional trails plan (Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from doi:10.11575/PRISM/23320