Devon Voyager Park East Loop Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Devon, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The Town of Devon is the furthest point west in the River Valley Alliance Trail and Park system. The residents of Devon take pride in their community and the North Saskatchewan River plays a vital role in their everyday lives. Devon is home to some of the only accessible beachfront in the entire river valley system. The region plays host to upwards of 750,000 tourists annually and is home to one of the best campgrounds in the region, which is located in the scenic river valley. The Devon Golf and Country Club is also located in the River Valley and offers a great course with spectacular views. This is a long and sometimes difficult walk along the river trails and on the way you will pass the Lions Campground and loop completely around the Devon Golf Course. While difficult in places, this walk allows you to see great sights and get a good feel for the Town of Devon. Starting from the Voyager Park secondary parking lot, you enter the river side trail system and work your way along, enjoying some great river front views. You move up into the trees and the trail gets a little more technical as you encounter tree roots and the occasional mud slide. It was very wet on the day of this hike, so some of the elevation changes were challenging, but on dry days it is probably fairly easy to climb. Avoiding a riverbank slump, you climb up a series of switchbacks lined with fences to gain some elevation and bypass the area. Once you reach the top, you carry on down the trail and you will eventually reach some of the Town's Public Works Buildings and the beginning of the Devon Golf Course. Once you pass the public works buildings, you are on the Golf Course lower trail and this is a pleasant walk in the trees right beside the river. Very pleasant. You come out the other side of the Golf Course and enter a very nice tenting area right along the river. This is the Town of Devon Lion's Campground and is a fantastic place to camp, so don't miss it. Once you pass the campsite gate, you climb up the main road until you re-enter the trail system and this will take you above the golf course. You skirt beside a few older neighbourhoods with wonderful old trees before you head back down into the lower trail system.There is a separate trail that runs close to the riverside trail and is in good shape. As you walk back to the trailhead, you have earned yourself a cold drink in the friendly Town of Devon.
This was a really nice trail. It was my first time on this trail, I had my dog with me and it was very nice. The weather was 6C and mainly sunny. There was one very large ice patch close to the start of the trail, just before the "legs of fire stairs" after that the trail was mostly dry the odd muddy patch here and there. Very little traffic I saw 4 people, however it was a Friday afternoon (12-1pm). All in all great trail I will have to come back and do it again.
Super icy in spots