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River Reflections Scenic Float + Photo Tour

Call 403 986-6190 or email bookings@nordeggadventures.ca for more info

Activity

Photography + Scenic Float

Adventure Level

Easy

Meeting Location

Wildhorse Creek

Duration

River: 6 hours | Total: 7 hours

Availability

Daily at 7:00 & 14:00

Season

May to October

Capture One of Alberta’s Most Scenic River

Capture a different side of the North Saskatchewan River valley on this adventure as we explore oxbow lakes, smaller channels and viewpoints accessible from the river.

This full-day tour includes lots of stops in places that can only be reached from the river. Our guides know the river well and will take you to some of the best locations for photography, from small lakes to islands covered in wildflowers with glaciers as the backdrop. We cover a short section of the river on this tour to give you plenty of time to explore along the way.

The River Reflections Scenic Float + Photo Tour starts in the Thompson Creek area. Your guide takes care of the rowing so that you can sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Why book This Tour?

  • Capture some amazing views of glaciers, mountains and the river.
  • Experience a peaceful float surrounded by the mountains.
  • Perfect for anybody who enjoys photography. This tour can be adapted for a wide range of photography experience and equipment.

Meeting Time & Place

Meet your guide at the Wildhorse Creek Camping Area. Get directions

Meeting Time: 7:00 am or 2:00 pm depending on the tour selected.

Getting here From Nordegg

It’s a scenic 45-minute drive from Nordegg heading west on Highway 11.

Getting here From Lake Louise

It’s a scenic 1.5 hour drive from Lake Louise heading north on Highway 93 and then east on Highway 11.


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Trip Details

  • Meeting Time & Place
  • What to Bring
  • What’s Included
  • Food
  • Booking Terms

Meet your guide at the Wildhorse Creek Camping Area. Get directions

Meeting Time: 7 am or 2 pm depending on the tour selected.

Return time varies based on the river conditions but you can expect to be back at your vehicle within approximately 7 hours.

The itinerary may change without notice due to the weather and other factors.

Getting here From Nordegg

Before you even meet your guide for the day you’ll get to enjoy the scenic drive from Nordegg to Abraham Lake, making your way through the foothills and the front range of the Canadian Rockies. It’s only a 45-minute drive but we recommend planning for a little extra time, especially with feral horses and bighorn sheep often seen along the highway.

Getting here From Lake Louise

Coming from Lake Louise? The Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) will take you past Bow Lake, Crowfoot Glaciers and many other landmarks before heading east on Highway 11 where you’ll enjoy the North Saskatchewan River valley. It’s less than 1.5 hours to get here from Lake Louise we recommend planning on at least 2 hours so that you get to enjoy the views along the way. Please note that winter tires are mandatory on Highway 93.

We get to play outside on our tours and that means you’ll want to come prepared for the weather. We rarely cancel tours due to weather, as long as we can have a safe adventure. Make sure to dress in layers and come ready for the unpredictable weather we often get in Alberta.

Make sure to bring with you:

  • Proper footwear
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • A windbreaker, shell and/or rain jacket
  • A warm sweater (conditions can change quickly)
  • A water bottle
  • Sunhat

While we don’t usually get wet on our float tours we sometimes get wet feet from light splashing in the rafts and when walking on the shore.

We provide a shared dry bag for guests to store additional clothing or items while on the float. We can’t guarantee that they are fully waterproof and as such recommend that you bring your own dry bag if you wish to bring a camera or other water-sensitive equipment.

Camera Equipment

This tour can be adapted to a wide range of cameras, from phones to professional equipment. Let us know what you will be bringing when you book and reach out if you have any questions.

For DSLR and mirrorless cameras we recommend a wide-angle and a telephoto lens along with a tripod. Polarizer and ND filters are a good addition for this tour.

Drones are allowed in most of the areas we visit on this tour. You are responsible for following all applicable regulations and you must provide us with a copy of your pilot license (if applicable).

Space is somewhat limited on the raft and we recommend bringing only the equipment you need. Some guests choose to only use their regular backpack or camera case. This is usually fine since we are not likely to get wet on this tour but we recommend using a waterproof bag or case.

We can’t guarantee that the dry bags we have are fully waterproof and as such recommend that you bring your own dry bag for your camera.

Included in your tour

  • We provide the rafts and all related equipment.
  • PFDs are provided and must be worn at all times. Guests must use the PFDs we provide.
  • A professional guide.
  • Guides carry emergency equipment, including first aid kits and satellite communicators on all tours.
  • We provide a shared dry bag for guests to store additional clothing or items while on the float. We can’t guarantee that they are fully waterproof and as such recommend that you bring your own dry bag if you wish to bring a camera or other water-sensitive equipment.
  • Transportation is provided from the take-out location at the river to the put-in at the start of your tour. Please note that this short drive (10 to 15 minutes) may be shared with other guests even if you booked a private tour.

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR

  • Appropriate clothes and footwear for the weather conditions.
  • Transportation to the meeting location. Contact us to discuss transportation options from Nordegg, Banff or Lake Louise.
  • Meals and accommodations.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Gratuities are not required but are always appreciated.

This tour is available for groups of 1 to 16 guests, with up to 10 guests per raft. Contact us if you are planning for a larger group.

This day trip is open to all ability levels. Your guide will be rowing the raft, no prior paddling or river experience is necessary.

Lunch varies on this tour but typically includes salad, sandwiches, juices and dessert along with snacks.

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

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 and Conditions

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

Please review our complete terms and 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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Plan Your Winter Visit

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Book your stay with our explorenordegg.ca partners:

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Other options in Nordegg include the Nordegg Lodge motel, the Shunda Creek Hostel along with many short-term rentals and cabins. Check out our full listing on explorenordegg.ca.

Stay in Lake Louise

Can’t find what you’re looking for in Nordegg? The meeting point for our Abraham Lake tours is only 1 hour and 15 minutes from Lake Louise where you’ll find more lodging options.

Our Glaciers + Ice Bubbles tour is a great option if you prefer not to drive in the winter with pick-up available at every hotel in Lake Louise. This tour includes stops along the Icefields Parkway along with our classic Abraham Lake Ice Walk.

Another great option is the Abraham Lake and Ice Bubbles tour offered by Canadian Rockies Experience. This tour includes our ice walk, along with their full-day sightseeing tour, and is available from Banff and Canmore.

Contact us (403 986-6190 | bookings@nordeggadventures.ca) if you need a hand choosing the best option for your adventure or to arrange a custom tour starting in Canmore, Banff or Lake Louise.

Extend your visit with one of our other tours or an adventure from our local partners. Prefer to head out on your own? Check out our trail guides on explorenordegg.ca and our gear rentals.

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