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SURVEY HILL GUIDED HIKE

Full Day Summer Tour
A different kind of hike taking us through the Kootenay Plains to some amazing views of Lake Abraham, the North Saskatchewan River valley and the peaks of Ex Coelis Mountain.

The Survey Hill hike is approximately 16 km with an elevation gain of about 110 m on a well established trail. The hike starts on the Kootenay Plains and takes us along the North Saskatchewan River toward Abraham Lake. Just before the lake, across from Preacher´s Point, we veer off toward Survey Hill where we´ll be having lunch. From the viewpoint we have great views of the lake, the Whiterabbit Creek Valley and the surrounding peaks. Heading back we follow the trail into the forest back to the trailhead.

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.

Highlights

  • 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 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
Custom Tour Let us know if you'd like to customize this tour for your group.
The itinerary may change without notice due to the weather and other factors. Our goal is to always provide the best possible experience.

 

Availability

Daily from April to November

2018 Rates

Adults (13+) - Per Person

  • 1 Adult: $520
  • 2 Adults: $260
  • 3 Adults: $173.33
  • 4 Adults: $130
  • 5-8 Adults: $110
  • 9-12 Adults: $100 

Guides, snacks, transportation and activities are all included.

Meet at the Trailhead Option

Adults (13+) - Per Person

  • 1 Adults: $520
  • 2 Adults: $260
  • 3 Adults: $173.33
  • 4 Adults: $130
  • 5 Adults: $110
  • 6-8 Adults: $95
  • 9-12 Adults: $85 

Guides, snacks and activities are all included. You'll be meeting your guide at the trailhead.

The Explorer Series

Looking to join a scheduled tour instead? The Explorer Series is a great option when you have 1 to 3 people looking to meetup with others for a fun adventure at $110 per person.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

The Experience

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), Montreal Smoked Bison sandwich (Big Bend smoked bison, 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.

Transportation

Transportation, when selected, will be in a small SUV or minivan, full size passenger van or 16 passenger bus depending on the group size.

Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House and Nordegg

Transportation is included unless you choose the Meet at the Trailhead option.

Cline River

Transportation is included unless you choose the Meet at the Trailhead option.

Please note that this departure option cannot be combined with the Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House or Nordegg pickup locations.

Pickup in Cline River is at 10 am for this tour, return at approximately 4:30 pm.

Lake Louise

Not available for this tour.

 

Group Size

The standard group size is 1 guide with up to 12 guests for this tour. Contact us if you are planning for a group of 13 or more guests.

This tour is recommended for those 13 or older.

Terms and Conditions

Advance Booking

This tour requires bookings to be made at least 2 days prior to departure. Please contact us at (403) 986-6190 for a last minute booking.

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.

Waiver

Waivers are required for all participants.You can review the waiver here.
Please review our complete terms & conditions prior to booking.

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A Few More Things To Know

We get to play outside on our tours and that means you’ll want to come prepared for the weather. Make sure to dress in layers and come prepared for the unpredictable weather we often get in Alberta. We rarely cancel tours due to weather, as long as we can have a safe adventure. You’ll be amazed at how warm we get snowshoeing at -20C or how much fun hiking in the rain can be!

Need help with your booking or have a few more questions? Stop by our Basecamp + Cafe or give us a call at 403 986-6190.

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Come For A Visit

We're located in Capstone at Riverlands, near the trails of Waskasoo Park and Downtown Red Deer. Stop by to plan your next adventure, rent the gear you need and grab a bite with friends. 

While you're in the neighbourhood make sure to check out some of our great neighbours like Wild Brewing Co, Purearth Organics, DOSE Coffee and Troubled Monk Brewery.

You'll find us at #10 5579 47 Street in Cronquist Business Park.

Hours

  • Monday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Wednesday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Thursday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Friday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

We're open for check-in 10 minutes prior to departure for all tours.

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