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The Explorer Series
A great option for a spring hike, the Survey Hill trail takes us across the Kootenay Plains, along the North Saskatchewan River with some great views of the wide valley and surrounding peaks. While it's a little longer than many of our other hikes at 16 km, it is relatively flat which makes for an easy start to the hiking season.

The tour includes your guide who will be highlighting the natural and human history of the area, a gourmet lunch and hiking poles. We offer transportation from Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House and Nordegg or you can meet us at trailhead.


  • Experience the classic views of David Thompson Country.
  • Hike on an easy trail in a scenic area.
  • See Abraham Lake and the North Saskatchewan River Valley from a new angle.
  • Good potential to see elk, bighorn sheep and more.
  • Learn about the natural and human history of the area.

Perfect for: Anybody looking for a fun day playing outside. No prior hiking experience required.

This day trip is open to all ability levels, whether you are a beginner and or an expert. You must be comfortable walking 13+ km in a variety of conditions. This tour is recommended for those 13 or older.

This tour is owned and operated by Pursuit Adventures.

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 16 km
  • Elevation Gain: ~110m
  • Duration: 5+ hours hike
  • Departure: Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Nordegg or Abraham Lake

Your Adventure

Departure Date June 2, 2018
Departure Time Red Deer: 7:30 am
Rocky Mountain House: 8:30 am
Nordegg: 9:30 am
Return Time Nordegg: 4:30 pm
Rocky Mountain House: 5:30 pm
Red Deer: 6:30 pm
Pickup Location Pursuit Adventures' Basecamp + Cafe
Rocky Mountain House Visitor Information Centre
Miners' Cafe in Nordegg
Meet at the Trailhead
This option is available if you'll be driving yourself to the trailhead. You'll be meeting your guide at 10:15 am at the Siffleur Falls Staging Area.
Activity Level Active - 16 km hike
Lunch Gourmet bagged lunch
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The itinerary may change without notice due to the weather and other factors. Our goal is to always provide the best possible experience.


2018 Rates

  • $110 per person
  • $100 per person - meet at the trailhead option

Guides, snacks, transportation and activities are all included.

Featured Experiences

The Siffleur River

The first section of the hike follows the Siffleur Falls trail, taking us along the boardwalk to the Siffleur River. From there we're heading up on the benches overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley.


The History

The Kootenay Plains have a rich history and along the way we'll come across a few physical markers, like geological survey markers from nearly 100 years ago.

The North Saskatchewan River

The hike is relatively flat as we make our way along the North Saskatchewan River toward the area across from Preacher's Point.

There's a few trail options in this area and depending on the group this hike can range between 13 and 18 km.


Abraham Lake

Our lunch spot on top of Survey Hill makes for a different view of Abraham Lake, the Whiterabbit Creek Valley and the surrounding peaks.

The Return

Leaving Survey Hill we make our way up along the Glacier trail, an abandonned road that connects Preacher's Point to Banff National Park.

From there we're heading into the forest for a pleasant walk in the shade. This hike can be quite hot on a sunny day and the shelter of the forest is great in the afternoon.


The Details

Where to Meet?

  • Red Deer: Pursuit Adventures' Basecamp + Cafe: #10 5579 47 Street
  • Rocky Mountain House: Visitor Information Centre
  • Nordegg: Miners' Cafe
  • Cline River: David Thompson Resort
  • Trailhead: Siffleur Falls Staging Area

What to Bring?

Required Items

  • Proper footwear (shoes or boots)
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • A windbreaker, shell and/or rain jacket
  • A warm sweater (conditions can chance quickly)
  • A water bottle
  • Sunhat
  • Tuque and gloves (spring and fall hikes)
  • A small backpack

Recommended Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Comfy shoes for the drive home

What's Included?

  • We provide hiking poles (and ice cleats on early season hikes) at no charge for this tour. You are welcome to bring your own if you wish.
  • A professional guide.
  • Gourmet lunch and trail snacks.
  • Guides carry emergency equipment, including first aid kits and cell phone or satellite communicators on all tours.

What's Not Included

  • Appropriate clothes and footwear for the weather conditions.
  • Water bottles, camera and backpack.

What kind of lunch is included? Can special diets be accommodated?

Lunch for this adventure includes the choice of a veggie (hummus, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and green pepper on a Montreal style bagel), Angus beef sandwich (roast beef, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and green pepper with BBQ sauce on a Montreal style bagel) or honey maple turkey sandwich (honey maple turkey, Boursin cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber with deli mustard on a Montreal style bagel), juice box, veggies and hummus, fruits and dessert. Please make sure to mention any dietary requirements when you book your adventure and we will try to accommodate whenever possible.

Group Size

The standard group size is 1 guide with up to 12 guests for this tour. This tour is recommended for those 13 and older. Contact us for options for younger guests.

Transportation varies with the group size and can be in an SUV, mini-van, full size van or small bus depending on the day.

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy

All bookings are non-refundable but we will offer you a credit for a future adventure if you cancel a minimum of 72 hours prior to departure. Cancellations within 72 hours, including no-shows, will forfeit the tour fees.

Tours in The Explorer Series usually require a minimum of 4 guests to run. In the event of low bookings we will contact you the day before the tour to cancel. You'll have the option of a full refund or a credit for a future booking.


Waivers are required for all participants.You can review the waiver here. Additional waivers may be required to be signed on the day of the tour prior to taking part in activities offered by other providers. Please review our complete terms & conditions prior to booking.

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June 2, 2018
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#10 5579 47 Street
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 1S1 Canada
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403 986-6190