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The Kootenay Plains Scenic Float

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

Activity

Scenic Float

Adventure Level

Easy

Meeting Location

Preacher’s Point South

Duration

River: 3 hours | Total: 4 hours

Availability

Daily at 9:00, 13:30 and 17:30

Season

May to October

See the Kootenay Plains from a new perspective

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 section of the North Saskatchewan River.

This half-day tour gives you a different perspective than the one you get from popular hikes like Siffleur Falls. We’ll float under the suspension bridge, along the cliffs and hoodoos before finishing our tour where the river meets Abraham Lake.

The Kootenay Plains Scenic Float starts in the Abraham Lake area. Your guide takes care of the rowing so that you can sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Why book This Tour?

  • See the Kootenay Plains from a different perspective.
  • Experience a peaceful float surrounded by the mountains.
  • Perfect for anybody looking for a fun day playing outside.

Meeting Time & Place

Meet your guide at the Preacher’s Point South Camping Area. Get directions

Meeting Time: 9 am, 1:30 pm and 5:30 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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Which option is right for you?

Our private tours are the best option when you have a group of four or more, or when you want the flexibility and personal touches that come with having a guide just for yourself.

The Explorer Series, aka our public tours, is a great option when you have flexible dates and prefer to join others on your adventure. Departures are offered on select dates throughout the season.

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Trip Details

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

Meet your guide at the Preacher’s Point South Camping Area. Get directions

Meeting Time: 9 am, 1:30 pm and 5:30 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 4 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 2 hours to get here from Lake Louise we recommend planning on at least 2.5 hours so that you get to enjoy the views along the way.

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.

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.

Our summer tours wrap up with our homemade ice pops.

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

Lunch Add-On

A bagged lunch from the Nordegg Canteen is available as an add-on. Order at the time of booking and your guide will have it for you at the beginning of your tour.

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 Nordegg & Abraham Lake Visit

  • Visitor Guides
  • Where to Stay
  • More Things to Do

Book your stay with one of our local 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.

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.

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 in the Journal and our gear rentals.

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