The MD of Taber Coulee Trail System is a 30-kilometre section of trail mostly located east of the Taber Municipal Park along the Oldman River. The MD of Taber Coulee trail system has a total of 41 trails for biking, hiking or running, and connects with the Town of Taber trail system.
The Coulee Trails system can be accessed from the Taber Municipal Park parking lot, the Taber Trout Pond parking lot, or at the east parking lot located north of Taber along 80th Avenue. Trails are rated as follows:
|Moderate||Access Trail or Doubletrack|
Trail Etiquette: please respect our trails, other pedestrians, and the nature surrounding them.
Please share the trails with all recreational users. By following some simple guidelines, you can ensure that everyone enjoys themselves.
- Take only photos. Enjoy the trails! Leave all rocks, fossils, horns, antlers, wildflowers, and other natural or historic objects where they are for others to enjoy.
- Respect the trail. Leave the wilderness as you found it, don’t break branches or cause damage. If out with a dog, keep them on a leash and pick up and properly dispose of their waste.
- Share the trail. Trails are shared by hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and wildlife alike. Respect other users and yield the right of way to ensure safety. Use extra caution and ride responsibly when cycling. Travel at safe and controllable speeds, ride slowly down hills, and use caution on sharp turns and busy trails. Cyclists can quickly and quietly startle wildlife. Keep children within one arm’s reach on and around ice.
About Taber Trail 77
The MD of Taber Coulee trail system was developed by a group of community volunteers dedicated to building and maintaining a sustainable trail system for residents and visitors of all ages to use and enjoy, and to promote physical and mental well-being within the community. To learn more about Taber Trail 77, visit their website here.
Visiting rattlesnake country
The MD of Taber would like to remind visitors that southern Alberta coulees and grasslands are rattlesnake country. Take a few simple precautions to prevent unexpected encounters.
- Watch the ground in front of you – try to see the snake before you get too close.
- Do not step on or over rocks or shrubs. Snakes often lie up against rocks and can be startled if you suddenly step over them. It is recommended to wear boots or shoes that cover your ankles and long, loose-fitting pants that reach your ankles.
- Don’t put your hands and feet into crevices, holes or rock ledges. These are the places snakes seek to find shelter.
- DO NOT TOUCH or attempt to handle any of the snakes you encounter.
- It is recommended to hike in groups of at least three. This way, if someone should be bitten, one person can go for help while the other remains with the person who’s been bitten.
Rattlesnakes will usually (but not always), rattle when you are too close. If you inadvertently get too close and a snake strikes:
- Back away immediately. Sit down in a safe area, relax and examine the bitten area.
- Stay calm. Your life is not in danger. Most bites do not result in permanent damage. Approximately 25% of snake strikes are dry bites (with no venom).
- Send someone for help, or dial 911.
- Keep the bitten area below heart level, and if possible keep it immobilized to reduce the venom spread.
- Avoid running or fast walking. Never apply a tourniquet, cut the wound or suck out the venom – these actions only make the injury worse. Record the time of the strike. Every half hour, draw a line around the bruised area as it progresses in size.
- Remove all jewellery or other restrictive items, as the limb may swell.
- Do not wait for symptoms to appear – seek medical attention immediately!