Trail Stewardship Group: Naturalist Services Branch
The Preston Trail is located within Assiniboine Forest, Canada’s largest 280 hectare urban nature park. This new granular trail is very popular with walkers, cyclists and joggers. Many bark chip trails extend from the Preston Trail enabling further exploration of the forest. Along the north portion, the Preston Trail winds through aspen and oak habitat, where smaller numbers of Balsam Poplar are also present. Midway along the trail, an observation mound provides great views of a recently constructed wetland, while the mound itself contains examples of native tall grass prairie plant species. At the south end of the trail, visitors will encounter an 3 hectare section of restored tall grass prairie. Named after the Preston family that once resided where Assiniboine Forest is now, the trail has been designed to minimize ecological impacts, while providing an interesting and scenic route through this natural heritage area.