The Altona-Gretna-Rhineland trail travels from the Village of Rosengart through the Rural Municipalities of Rhineland and Montcalm, through Altona and Gretna, to the Emerson Junction. Beginning close to Rosengart, this part of the trail follows portions of the historic Boundary Commission Trail, created while establishing the Canada – United States boundary along the 49th parallel in 1872. It still features trail markers that date back to the 1800s when the Boundary Commission was establishing the border.
Begin your trek close to Rosengart, where the trail runs near the Canada – United States border. At Buffalo Creek, the trail leaves the dike and heads north and then east along rural roads paralleling Buffalo Creek as it meanders its way to the Town of Altona. There it connects with the Buffalo Creek Nature Park in the northwest corner of town. From Altona to the Village of Gretna the trail follows an abandoned rail line south to Gretna and then continues for about 12 kms east until it returns to the Boundary Commission Trail along the border until it jogs a mile north to link up with next municipality.
Approximately half of the trail in this section runs right along the Canada/U.S. border, separated by two-lane dirt tracks between farmer’s fields and a ditch. Be sure to carry proper identification as border guards have approached hikers in the past.
Within the Town of Altona, the trail joins up with the community trail system, which has asphalt trails and benches for rest stops. A small detour into town will take you past the worlds largest Van Gogh replica painting. The stretch of abandoned rail line between Altona and Gretna passes through some of the province’s richest farmland and offers a glimpse of the history of Manitoba’s Mennonites.
Boundary Commission Trail
Buffalo Creek Nature Park
Views of the Red River Valley