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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 and 13:00

Season

May to October

Take in the sights of the Kootenay Plains

Our most popular tour (approximately 3 hours of river time) let’s you slow down to enjoy one of Alberta’s most scenic river, floating through the golden plains of the North Saskatchewan River, from Whirlpool Point to Abraham Lake.

The Kootenay Plains Scenic Float starts at the south end of Abraham Lake, only 20 minutes east of the Icefields Parkway. Your guide takes care of the rowing so that you can sit back and enjoy the scenery on this gentle section of the river.

The Adventure

Part of the beauty of playing outside is that the conditions are always changing, from bluebird days to foggy mornings slowly revealing the mountain peaks around us. No matter the conditions, there’s something about slowing down and taking in the views that take us far away from the ordinary.

Your adventure begins as you meet your guide at the Preacher’s South Rustic Camping Area before jumping on our bus for a 10-minute shuttle to where we’ll start our float down the river. Our full-size rafts with our guides taking care of the rowing means that you get to sit back and enjoy the mountain views on this gentle section of the North Saskatchewan River.

Shortly after setting off we go through Whirlpool Point where the river cuts through the rocks creating flows that give the place its name. There we’ll find one of Alberta’s oldest tree and the landscape starts to change as we make our way from the main range to the front range of the Canadian Rockies.

The Kootenay Plains are a unique grassland in the mountains, with a dry climate creating a very special place unlike most other valleys in the area. Enjoy snacks as we float along with a short island walk along the way.

The river then returns to a single channel as we go under the Siffleur Falls trail suspension bridge, speeding up towards Abraham Lake. On this section you’ll get to float along cliff and hoodoos before we make our way back to your vehicle to wrap up this half-day tour.

Why book This Tour?

  • See the Kootenay Plains from a different perspective.
  • Experience a peaceful float surrounded by the Canadian Rockies.
  • A family-friendly river adventure for all ages.
  • Our guides do the rowing and you get to stay dry: perfect for those looking to take in the views.

Meeting Time & Place

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

Meeting Time: 9 am and 1 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
  • Snacks
  • Booking Terms

Meeting Time: 9 am and 1 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.

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

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 but we recommend planning on at least 2 hours so that you get to enjoy the views along the way.

Preacher’s South Rustic Camping Area

We do not have an office at Preacher’s Point. You will meet our bus near the day-use parking area.

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 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 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.

This tour includes snacks and 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.

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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