The development of railways (Athabasca, 1912; Grande Prairie, 1916; and Fort McMurray, 1917-21) diminished the importance of the trail. The trail experienced a brief revival with the building of the Alaska Highway during World War II, but modern highways now bypass most of the historic route. What remains of the trail today begins at Gibbons, Alberta and heads north to Athabasca.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Czypionka, J.b.. "Athabasca Landing Trail". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 04 March 2015, Historica Canada. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/athabasca-landing-trail. Accessed 24 April 2019.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Czypionka, J., Athabasca Landing Trail (2015). In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/athabasca-landing-trail
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Czypionka, J.b., "Athabasca Landing Trail". In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published March 07, 2006; last modified March 04, 2015. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/athabasca-landing-trail
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- J.b. Czypionka, The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Athabasca Landing Trail", last modified March 04, 2015, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/athabasca-landing-trail
Athabasca Landing Trail
|Article by||J.b. Czypionka|
|Published Online||March 7, 2006|
|Last Edited||March 4, 2015|
Athabasca Landing Trail was established 1875 by Hudson's Bay Company between Edmonton and Athabasca Landing to improve and expand northern transportation.
Athabasca Landing Trail was established 1875 by Hudson's Bay Company between Edmonton and Athabasca Landing to improve and expand northern transportation. Opened in 1876, this 161 km portage, which links the North Saskatchewan River with the Mackenzie River system, played a vital role in the development of northern Alberta, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Surveyed in 1879, the trail was Canada's busiest northern route for 40 years, during the transformation of the area from fur-trade monopoly to a modern, diversified economy; the settlement of western Canada; and the evolution of modern transportation.
Athabasca Landing in 1910. For 40 years the community was an important transportation centre for Canada's North (courtesy Athabasca Archives) The Athabasca Landing Trail, at one time Canada's busiest northern route, became deeply rutted when wet (courtesy Provincial Archives of Alberta/B5682).