Saunders Provincial Recreation Area

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A tiny campground on the shores of the North Saskatchewan River.

Above: The North Saskatchewan River near Saunders

This feels like a throwback to the era of the Alberta Forestry Services and the days when few people visited the region.

This small campground (only 9 sites) is a great ending or starting point for those paddling the North Saskatchewan River, either from the Forestry Trunk Road or to Rocky Mountain House.

The rail trail and the Taunton trestle bridge are nearby but OHVs are not permitted in the campground. Most people random camp in the area closer to the old mining town of Saunders, between this campground and the highway, instead of staying at the campground itself.

Above: The boat launch at Saunders

Join Us On A Guided Tour


Our scenic floats and guided hikes are the perfect match for your camping adventure.

From $80 per person
Whitegoat Falls Guided Hike
An easy half day hike to the pretty Whitegoat Falls near Abraham Lake where the creek has cut through the rock to create a double falls.
From $85 per person
The Icefields Scenic Float
Take in the views of Wilson Icefields from the North Saskatchewan River on this 1 hour float tour.
From $139 per person
The Kootenay Plains Scenic Float
Float through the golden plains of the Saskatchewan, from Whirlpool Point to Preacher’s Point. Enjoy the views of the open valley and mountains on this scenic section of the North Saskatchewan River.
From $185 per person
Glaciers + Fires Scenic Float
Explore one of the most dramatic sections of the North Saskatchewan River with glaciers as the backdrop as we float through an area that burned a few years ago.
From $110 per person
Coral Creek Canyon Guided Hike
This moderate hike takes us along two narrow canyons: the Coral Creek Canyon and the Cline River Canyon. We take our time walking along them to enjoy the views and surrounding mountains.

Nearby Services

Nordegg is 25 minutes away where you’ll find gas stations, basic supplies, restaurants and shops. An RV sani-dump is available at the Nordegg Lodge.

Rocky Mountain House is 45 minutes away where you’ll find all services.

Getting Here

The campground is located in Saunders Provincial Recreation area, 22 km east of Nordegg on Hwy. 11 and 8 km south on an access road.

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We acknowledge that the land on which we gather, explore and adventure is home to the Îyârhe Nakoda First Nation and the Smallboy Mountain Cree, part of the Treaty 6 and Treaty 8 Territories, part of the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3, and has been the traditional meeting ground for many Indigenous Peoples since time immemorial. We are grateful for the stewardship of these lands along with the knowledge, traditions, and teachings that have been passed down through generations.

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