Coral Creek Canyon Snowshoe Tour

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Red Deer

  • Departure: 7:30
  • Return: 18:30

Nordegg

  • Departure: 9:30
  • Return: 16:00

Abraham Lake

  • Departure: 10:00
  • Return: 15:45

Head into the forest and along the Coral Creek to a lunch spot overlooking the entrance of the canyon and the broad valley above.

Depending on the group and snow conditions we may follow along the canyons or head into the forest where the snow is deeper. Either way, hot chocolate and treats will be waiting for us at the trailhead.

A picnic lunch, hiking poles, snowshoe rentals (if needed), ice cleats, a professional guide, and transportation are all included.

Highlights

  • Experience David Thompson Country in its most magical season.
  • Snowshoe on a moderate trail in a scenic area.
  • Enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains, away from the crowds.

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

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Winter Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Hiking Distance: 5 to 9 km
  • Elevation Gain: ~190m
  • Duration: 6+ hours

Departures from Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Nordegg, and Abraham Lake.

Available daily from November to April. The early and late season tour follows a modified itinerary.

The Experience

The Forest

Our adventure starts with a snowshoe through the forest with mountains peaking through the snow-covered branches. The snow is often deeper here, give us a little bit of a workout as we earn the views ahead.

The Canyon

As we make our way up the valley we emerge from the trees to great views of the Cline River Canyon, surrounding peaks and the Coral Creek Canyon below.

The Food

You'll never leave hungry from one of our tours. Lunch and snacks vary based on the day but you'll find some delicious food from local producers like Big Bend Market, Viva-Deli, Sylvan Star Cheese, Humble Hummus, Beck Farms as well as our own Montreal style bagels and baked goods.

After the hike, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate along with housemade marshmallows and graham crackers.

Curious about the food? Stop by our Basecamp + Cafe in Red Deer to find out more.

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 meet up with others for a fun adventure.

There are no upcoming departures at this time.

The Details

When and where does the tour start?

We offer departures at multiple locations throughout Central Alberta.

 Red Deer - 7:30 am

  • Meet your guide at Pursuit Adventures' Basecamp + Cafe. Get Directions >
  • Hotel pickup available at the Holiday Inn Express Red Deer North and the Black Knight Inn.

Rocky Mountain House - 8:30 am

Nordegg - 9:30 am

  • Shell Gas Station. Get Directions >
  • Contact us to arrange pickup from a cabin or the hostel in Nordegg.

Meet your guide at Abraham Lake - 10:00 am

  • You will meet your guide at the entrance to David Thompson Resort (get directions). Please note that the resort is closed in the winter and that the nearest services are in Nordegg. The area has limited to no cell services.

Return time varies based on the group and conditions but you can expect to be back around:

  • Abraham Lake: 3:45 pm
  • Nordegg: 4:00 pm
  • Rocky Mountain House: 5:30 pm
  • Red Deer: 6:30 pm

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

What do I need to bring?

Be prepared for the mountain weather. Conditions can change quickly and our winter tours run in anything from - 30C to +10C. Abraham Lake is a very windy place, bring an extra layer with you just in case.

Required Items

  • Winter boots
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather including long underwear
  • A winter jacket and snow pants
  • An extra sweater
  • Tuque and gloves
  • A water bottle
  • A small backpack

Recommended Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Comfy shoes for the drive home

We have a limited number of winter boots and snow pants available at no charge. Please let us know your size if you will need boots or pants.

What's Included?

  • We provide hiking poles, ice cleats and snowshoes at no charge for this tour.
  • A professional guide.
  • Gourmet lunch and hot chocolate.
  • Guides carry emergency equipment, including first aid kits and cell phone or satellite communicators on all tours.

We have a limited number of winter boots and snow pants available at no charge.

What's Not Included

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

 

What kind of lunch is included?

Lunch for this adventure is a bagged lunch we will be eating on the trail. The lunch includes a sandwich, veggies and dips, juice, and dessert.

Hot chocolate is available with dairy or coconut milk. Tea is available as well.

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

What kind of transportation is provided?

Transportation for groups of 4 or fewer guests will usually be offered in an SUV or minivan.

Transportation for groups of 5 to 12 guests will be provided in a full-size passenger van or 16 passenger bus.

What's the group size?

This is a private tour available for groups of 1 to 12 guests. Contact us if you are planning for a group of 13 or more guests.

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 13 and older.

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.

Terms & Conditions

Waivers are required for all participants. You can review the waiver here.

Please review our complete terms & conditions prior to booking.

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

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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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