We’re an independent, locally-owned tour company established in 2010 and based in Nordegg, Alberta.
Our goal is to inspire you to play outside and help you experience your adventure so that you can discover the food, people and natural beauty of the region. Whether it’s a winter sightseeing tour exploring the ice bubbles of Abraham Lake, heading out on a day hike away from the crowds or spending an evening snowshoeing under the stars, we’re here to help you find your adventure.
We believe that adventure is about doing things that are new and different for each of us, doing things that can be a little scary but that also makes us curious to explore further.
As far as we’re concerned, food is part of all great outdoor adventures. It keeps us fueled on the trail, helps us slow down to enjoy the moment over lunch, and gives us an excuse to get together and share the memories we’ve made along the way. That’s why we include great local food in everything we do, from the tours to our Nordegg Canteen.
We launched in 2010 offering a ski bus from Red Deer to the mountains and multi-day ski trips. During the summer of 2012 we added guided day hikes to our tours and in the winter of 2013 we started to offer guided snowshoe tours in the Abraham Lake area. We tried a few other tour ideas over the years but as we grew we became more focused on the activities and places we’re truly passionate about.
Across all the activities and tours we offer, our goal has always been the same: to create memorable experiences. Anybody can go hiking, snowshoeing or sightseeing. Our tours go beyond that, from the stories shared by the guides to the cup of hot chocolate waiting for you at the bus after your tour, we look after the details so that you can spend your day enjoying your adventure.
In the fall of 2013 we moved into our first office. A 100 square foot building we built on an empty lot in Downtown Red Deer, next to Traptow’s Cool Beans, a double-decker bus converted into a coffee shop. The little blue building was a fun place to work but by 2016 we needed more space and we moved into the Tourism Red Deer Visitor Information Centre. In November of 2017 we moved once again, to a bigger space in Capstone at Riverlands. Our Basecamp + Cafe allowed us to bring everything we do under one roof.
In the spring of 2020, during the pandemic, we made the decision to relocate to Nordegg. Over the years most of our tours have moved to this area, a place we have fallen in love with while sharing it with our guests. We took over the ice cream shop and food truck on made street, re-opening them as the Nordegg Canteen. After a crazy summer, we took over the building next door to expand the canteen into a year-round take-out restaurant with a great yard offering views of the mountains.
Food has been part of all our tours since the beginning. In 2015 we went through the required steps to obtain our food handling permit, allowing us to have better control over the lunches and snacks we serve on tours. We make our food from scratch, using some of our favourite ingredients and featuring local products whenever possible.
Since 2015 we’ve sold our ice pops, hot chocolate mix and handmade marshmallows at markets throughout Central Alberta. All of these, along with our sandwiches and soups are now available daily at the Nordegg Canteen and under The Nordegg Provisions Co. brand.
Get lost in the moment: Fun, shared experiences combined with breathtaking landscapes and amazing people create moments that naturally immerse us, making it easy to forget about daily life.
Simple is better: Life isn’t that complicated. Celebrate the simple pleasures, the raw beauty of nature and the connections with people you meet along the way.
Embrace the unexpected: Going on an adventure off the beaten path means that things are less structured. The best moments happen when you leave the checklist behind to create your own path.
Do the right thing: Caring for the environment and each other is not a trend, it’s part of living. Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures. Collect memories, not things.
Focus on the long term: Build relationships and memories that last. Taking the time to enjoy the journey will transform you.