One goal of the Willmore Wilderness Foundation is to restore historic packtrails, and enhance the use of Willmore Wilderness Park for Albertans and visitors alike. Each summer and fall, trail crews rehabilitate the traditional trail network, which was used by aboriginal people, trappers, guides and outfitters in days-gone-by. This “brings the trails to life” in Willmore Wilderness Park, also know as Improvement District #25 (ID #25)
The Willmore Wilderness Foundation also focuses on promoting ID #25 as a tourist destination spot. The mountain region has a unique culture that is home to many historical attractions, including old traditional buildings (trapline cabins, etc.), old graves, and the mountain trials.
The Willmore Wilderness Foundation has had a mandate to do trail rehabilitation since 2002. Over the years the Foundation has hired many of the aboriginal elders, guides and youth. The organization is keeping the “trails alive.” The Foundation’s efforts have rehabilitated, restored and opened up many hundreds of kilometers of trails that have traditionally been used by hunters, trappers, outfitters, anglers, and horsemen during the past 200 years.
The Foundation is not only clearing trails, but is packing out garbage, and stocking campgrounds with wood. All this is done with packhorse and saddle horse in travelling tent camps.