Siffleur Falls Guided Hike

One of the most popular hike in David Thompson Country
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The most popular hike in David Thompson Country. With great views, narrow canyons and waterfalls it's easy to see why.

The Siffleur Falls hike is approximately 8.2 km with an elevation gain of about 70 m on a well-established trail. The hike starts on the Kootenay Plains along the North Saskatchewan River before taking us along the Siffleur River. A short uphill section takes us to the top of the canyon where platforms allow us to get great views of mount Ernest Ross and the first set of falls on the Siffleur River. Our destination is a short distance past the falls where a newer canyon is forming and a peaceful venue for our lunch break awaits.

The tour includes your guide who will be highlighting the natural and human history of the area, a gourmet lunch and hiking poles.

Highlights

  • Experience the classic views of David Thompson Country.
  • Hike on an easy trail in a scenic area.
  • See the popular Siffleur Falls
  • 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 8+ km in a variety of conditions. This tour is recommended for those 8 and older.

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Hiking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Hiking Distance: 8 km
  • Elevation Gain: ~70m
  • Duration: 4+ hours
  • Departure: Nordegg or Abraham Lake

Available daily from April to October.

The Experience

The Suspension Bridge

One of the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Alberta takes us across the North Saskatchewan River. No need to worry if you're not a fan of suspension bridges, this one is fairly low and very stable.

The Boardwalk

The Kootenay Plains are a very fragile environment and protected as an ecological reserve, the second highest level of environmental protection in the province. Alberta Parks has built a boardwalk across this dry, hot and windy area.

The Canyon

The trail meanders through the forest before making it's way to a series of viewpoints along the Siffleur River and its canyon.

The Falls

The Siffleur River enters the narrow canyon at the lower falls where viewing platforms allow us to get some great views.

This is the end of the trail for many visitors to the area but we'll be going a short distance upstream to find a quieter spot for lunch.

The Lunch Spot

A short distance from the falls a new canyon is forming. The area makes for a great spot for a break and to relax before we make our way back to 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.

The Details

When and where does the tour start?

You'll meet your guide at the Siffleur Falls Trail Staging Area at 9:30 am. Get Directions >

Return time varies based on the group and conditions but you can expect to be back at the trailhead by 1:30 pm.

The itinerary may change without notice due to the weather and other factors. Our goal is to always provide the best possible experience.

How much is it?

The full-day hike includes your professional guide, gourmet lunch and hiking poles. 

This is a private tour, just for your group. The rate per person is:

  • 1 guest: $380
  • 2 guests: $190
  • 3 guests: $126.67
  • 4 to 12 guests: $95

Is transportation available?

Transportation is not currently offered for this tour. You will be meeting your guide at the trailhead.

What kind of lunch is included?

Lunch for this adventure includes the choice of sandwich or salad from the Nordegg Canteen along with a juice box, energy bar, chocolate chip cookie and snacks.

Please make sure to mention any dietary requirements when you book your adventure and we will try to accommodate whenever possible.

What do I need 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

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's the group size?

This is a private tour for up to 12 guests. Contact us if you are planning for a group of 13 or more guests.

This tour is recommended for those 8 or older.

What safety and COVID protocols are in place?

Safety Guidelines

There are risks associated with any outdoor activity. Some of the steps we take through our risk management program to mitigate those risks include:

  • Our guides are certified through the Outdoor Council of Canada, the Interpretive Guides Association or similar programs. They have first aid training and are familiar with the region we operate in and the specific areas where they lead tours.
  • Our guides carry emergency equipment, including first aid kits, bear spray as well as a cell phone or satellite communicators on all tours.
  • Our lunches and snacks are made in our commercial kitchen, under permits from Alberta Health Services and following established food safety protocols.

Contact us if you have any questions about the steps we take to make you feel safe and comfortable on your adventure.

COVID Specific

We all need to work together in these challenging times. We ask that you not join us on an adventure if you have COVID symptoms, are not feeling well or have a reason to believe you may have been exposed to COVID. On our side, we are taking additional measures in response to the pandemic, including:

  • Screening all staff members prior to each shift. Staff are using additional personal protective equipment as required.
  • Guided hikes are offered for small groups of up to 12 guests where social distancing can easily be accomplished.
  • Hand sanitizer continues to be available on all of our tours.

 

What are the 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? Give us a call at 403 986-6190.