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Edmonton’s amazing singletrack network wouldn’t exist without volunteers!

There are lots of ways to get your hands dirty maintaining and building trails. We also welcome help with board work and special projects if that’s more your style. 

You can also support our work by purchasing an EMBA Membership, making a donation, or sponsoring our activities

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Join A Trail Day

We work with partner clubs to organize dozens of trail maintenance days each year.

You don’t need previous trail-building experience to help out on Open Trail Days. Just bring your love for the trails and a few essential items like closed-toe footwear and snacks! 

Adopt A Trail

Adopt A Trail

Have you participated in a few trail days? Are you part of a group that enjoys the trails and wants to help keep them in super shape? Become an Adopt-a-Trail leader!

Adopt-a-Trail leaders keep an eye on conditions on specific trails and organize trail days to maintain them. Leaders receive training every year on trail day procedures, rules and guidelines. We can also provide first aid training, and specialized trail building and maintenance courses. EMBA’s Adopt-a-Trail Coordinators and other board members help Adopt-a-Trail leaders coordinate trail work, approvals from the City, volunteers and tools.

Join The Board

It takes a lot of different skills and talents working behind the scenes to make EMBA projects a reality.

If you’re interested in joining the board or otherwise helping out on specific projects or activities please reach out! We welcome all kinds of help and all kinds of riders.

Join The Board

Our Trail Days

We work with partner clubs to organize trail maintenance and build days throughout the year. Some days require experienced volunteers to take on complex trail repair and building work, while others are open to people with no previous experience. 

New volunteers are supported by Adopt-a-Trail leaders and more experienced volunteers. EMBA provides all the tools required
and obtains approval from the City of Edmonton. Groups follow City trail work rules and safety protocols. ​

Typical Trail Work Includes:

  • Trimming back branches

  • Removing fallen trees from across a trail

  • Fixing drainage issues

  • Repairing wooden trail features

  • Re-routing sections of trail

  • Smoothing out ruts

What To Bring to a Trail Day:

  • Clothes you don't mind getting dirty

  • Boots/hikers (with toe protection if possible)

  • Eye protection

  • Work gloves

  • Water and snacks

  • Bug spray

  • EMBA provides tools for you to use. However, you are welcome to bring your own pruning shears, loppers or folding saw. Please ensure your tools are in good repair and marked to identify them as yours.

Sign up for A Trail Day

Keep an eye on our events calendar to see when our next open trail day is! 

Waivers Required

Everyone participating in a trail day has to sign a waiver when they register. Waivers are reviewed and signed when signing up for a trail day using eventbrite.

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