The Alberta government is spending $10 million to fix flood damaged backcountry trails.

Many public trails along the eastern slopes were partially washed away last June when debris-choked rivers burst their banks.

The work will restore priority trails — selected in consultation with users and experts — for motorized and non-motorized recreational users.


Crews work to repair a flood-damaged backcountry hiking trail in Alberta's eastern slopes. (CBC)

“Trails are important for Albertans and tourists to access our backcountry. It is critical that families have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and our great province,” said Alberta Environment Minister Robin Campbell.

Some trails might be moved so they are not so susceptible to flooding, the province said.

The Backcountry Trail Flood Rehabilitation Program is scheduled for completion by 2017.

Work is already underway on another $81-million worth of restoration work on trails, campsites and day use areas in the provincial parks, the government said.