In 1967, planning for a hiking
trail was one
of the Centennial projects of the Oil Capital Kiwanis. By 1969, the
independent Waskahegan Trail Association was formed with Fred Dorward,
a Kiwanian, as its first president. The Waskahegan
is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to building and
maintaining the hiking trail. A president and board of directors
administer the affairs of the Association according to registered
Thanks to the volunteer work of
generosity of landowners and the assistance of many government and
non-government organizations, the trail continues to grow. Presently,
the trail is 309 km long.
For the overnight backpacker the
trail has a
network of Association, private, and public campgrounds. All have
toilet facilities, and some have shelters and campfire rings. Members
may purchase a comprehensive guide book with detailed trail maps, and
information about the area and facilities.
The only permitted activities on
the trial are
hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Bicycles, animals and
powered vehicles are not permitted on any part of the trail.