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Sturgeon Valley Trail System Gap Analysis

As a response to what was heard while creating the Sturgeon Valley Area Structure Plan, Sturgeon County is now looking at the trail system for the developed areas of the Valley. We heard that residents want more trails and better connectivity, especially to key destinations like St. Albert and the Edmonton Garrison. 

The current work, what is called a gap analysis, will highlight what is missing in the existing trail system and help guide connectivity planning, funding for future enhancements, and improve service delivery standards for active transportation (walking or biking).  

What's Next?

Sturgeon County would like to know more about how you use trails in the Sturgeon Valley as well as what you would like to see in the future. 

A series of “pop-ups” will be happing along various trail in the Sturgeon Valley to have informal conversations with trail users about specific issues: 

  • Understand your priorities 

  • Identify your most important destinations 

  • Tell us about your favourite routes and greatest barriers for walking or biking 

Feedback from trail users will help inform how this project should move to the next phase. Pop-ups will be happening at various times starting September 8th, 2021. 

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Where We Are Now


Step: Phase I
Background Review and Existing Conditions


Step: Phase II
Connectivity Assessment


Step: Phase III
A Path Forward


Step: Phase IV


To begin, we will review the existing transportation network, identify destinations, and regional connections. This work will be compiled into a collection of best practices, trends, case studies, and recommendations for the area. 


Status: Complete Complete Late Summer 2021

This phase will identify the overarching desire lines (where people want to go and how) to, through, and within the area. This is a high-level overview, will be based on feedback from trail users in the Valley through a series of informal pop-up events. We will then identify opportunities and constraints in aligning the existing network with the desired connections. From this information, an assessment will be done of the potential performance and where it does not align with the actual performance. A network analysis will then describe the gaps and quantify the difference, including a comparison of the current state with the ideal state.  

Status: In-Progress Early Fall 2021(we are here)

Information from past public engagements, the pop-ups, and an internal staff workshop will help identify potential projects (a single or series of gaps grouped in a logical manner). A high-level costing and feasibility of the projects will also be developed and, where necessary, alternative alignments that may need to be explored if significant barriers are encountered.  

Projects will be rated based on several factors, including community benefit. Opportunities for funding projects from various sources will also be identified. A final plan will be presented for public input prior to approval by the County. 

Status: Not-Started Early Winter 2021

Based on Councils direction, administration will include the development of park features in the annual capital budget process and continue to pursue grant funding.

Status: Not-Started TBD (If required)

Find Out More

For more information on the project, please contact 

Karolina Drabik 

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