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Kootenay Plains Ecological Reserve

The Kootenay Plains Ecological Reserve protects an area that is significant for historical and environmental reasons. It represents one of the best montane habitat in the province with a unique grassland and forest mosaic providing a home to many species of rare plants, birds and wildlife. Those conditions made it an important area for natives and early explorers to the area.

Details

The information below is based on our numerous visit to the area, including on September 8, 2016.

  • Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Ice Climbing, Geocaching
  • Services: None
  • Picnic Tables: No
  • Washrooms: Dry Toilets at the Siffleur Falls Staging Area
  • Season: Year Round
  • Congestion: Minimal except for the Siffleur Falls area
  • Management: Alberta Parks
  • Protection Status: Ecological Reserve
  • Region: David Thompson Corridor
  • Day Use Pass Required: No
  • Dogs Allowed: Yes on leash
  • Cell Reception: None

Getting There: The Kootenay Plains Ecological Reserve is located on Highway 11 approximately 21 km east of Saskatchewan River Crossing and 62 km west of Nordegg. The main access is at the Siffleur Falls Staging Area.

Central Alberta Guided Hikes



Go with a guide who knows the area's trails, history, wildlife and terrain. Join a small group guided hike or plan a private adventure.

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Things To Do

Random camping and fires are prohibited within the ecological reserve.

Hiking

There are many trails in the area, including Siffleur Falls, Survey Hill, Heritage Trail, Bridge Creek, Kinglet Lake and Tuff Puff Ridge.

Photography

The plains are a great spot for photography, including the reflection pools across from the Kinglet Lake trailhead.

Ice Climbing

For more information about local routes contact COE.

Camping

Two O'Clock Creek Campground located nearby offers great options with great views from every site. Calvacade Group Campground includes kitchen shelters and is a great option for groups large and small.

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  • Outdoor Safety

    • For your safety and the protection of the area please follow trail signs, stay on the trail and respect all trail and area closures
    • Be respectful of wildlife and familiarize yourself with wildlife safety techniques including keeping your pet on a leash and keeping your group together.
    • Always be prepared when travelling outdoors.
    • This area has no cell phone reception.
    • Information provided here may be inaccurate or outdated. Always make sure to obtain current information before going on your adventure.

    Disclaimer

    There are inherent risks in outdoor activities. Although we strive to provide accurate information and to alert you of potential dangers, trail conditions may change quickly due to weather conditions and other factors. Using the information provided on this site is entirely at your own risk and Pursuit Adventures is in no ways liable for any injuries or other damages that may be sustained by anyone using the trails or information described on this site.

    Have you been to this protected area? Let us know about your adventure in the comments below.


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