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Siffleur Falls Winter Hike

Explore the Kootenay Plains
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The most popular summer hike in David Thompson Country and it's even better in the winter! Hike along the Siffleur River with canyons, waterfalls and great views of the Canadian Rockies.

The hike starts on the Kootenay Plains along the North Saskatchewan River before taking us along the Siffleur River. A short uphill section takes us to the top of the canyon where platforms allow us to get great views of mount Ernest Ross and the first set of falls on the Siffleur River. The area is particularly dry, making it a great option for a winter hike.

After the hike, we're heading out to Preacher's Point out for a short ice walk on Abraham Lake. The now-famous methane bubbles make the perfect spot to end the day, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate surrounded by the snow-covered mountains.

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

Highlights

  • Experience David Thompson Country in its most magical season.
  • Discover one of the most popular waterfalls and canyons in the area.
  • Explore quirky ice formations and the famous ice bubbles on Abraham Lake.

Perfect for: Those looking to slow down and take in the beauty of the region.

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Winter Hiking
  • Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
  • Hiking Distance: 8+ km
  • Elevation Gain: ~70m
  • Duration: 6+ hours

Available daily from mid-November to mid-March. Early and late season tours follow a modified itinerary.

You can meet your guide at Abraham Lake or at the Nordegg Canteen for this tour.

The Adventure

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The Details

When and where does the tour start?

You have the option of meeting your guide at Abraham Lake or at the Nordegg Canteen for this tour. We recommend starting in Nordegg if you are unfamiliar with the region.

Meet your guide at the Nordegg Canteen

  • The tour starts at 9:30 am, please arrive at the Nordegg Canteen 10 minutes before your tour, ready to go.
  • You will meet your guide at the Nordegg Canteen (get directions).

Meet your guide at Abraham Lake

  • The tour starts at 10 am.
  • You will meet your guide at the Siffleur Falls Staging Area (get directions). The area has no cell services.

Return time varies based on the group and conditions but you can expect to be back around 3:30 pm at Abraham Lake.

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

COVID Protocols

Guests and staff who have COVID-19 symptoms, as described in the latest Alberta Health Daily Checklist are not permitted on tours or at the Nordegg Canteen.

The current guidance requires us to apply the Restriction Exemption Program (REP) to all in-scope activities we offer, including guided outdoor recreation. As a result, we are requiring proof of vaccination for all guests on tours.

In addition to proof of vaccination, we continue to adapt our tours to reduce risks while providing a great experience for all. This includes:

  • Offering more self-drive options where you will meet your guide at the trailhead or convoy with your guide from the meeting location to the trailhead.
  • Offering bus transportation only to private groups under certain circumstances (all tours except for the Explorer Series are private tours).In all cases, masks must be worn when inside our vehicles, hands must be sanitized upon entry and you must use the same seat for the duration of the tour.
  • Meals and hot chocolate will be served by the guide or will be provided in individual packaging. There will be no shared snacks or lunch spreads this season.

Proof of Vaccination

Albertans must use the vaccine record with a QR code. A valid photo ID is required for guests 18 and older.

Proof of vaccination from First Nations, other provinces and the Canadian Armed Forces are accepted. International visitors must provide the proof of vaccination that was used to enter the country along with their passport.

Alternatively, we may accept proof of negative test or medical exemption letter that meets all of the requirements established by the government.

Children under the age of 12 are not required to show proof of vaccination, negative test or medical exemption.

As of November 1 and after discussions with Alberta Health Services, implementing the Restriction Exemption Program (REP) for all of our tours and at the Nordegg Canteen is the best option for us to continue operations. We appreciate that applying the REP to some of our activities, like outdoor tours where physical distancing is easily maintained, may seem excessive. Implementation of the REP is an all-or-nothing option and we cannot apply the program to certain portions of our operations while not applying it to other activities that are deemed in-scope under the current public health orders. Since the REP is the only option for much of our operations, we have to apply it to all tours and cannot make exemptions for guests or groups only looking to join outdoor tours.

You can find out more about our COVID protocols and safety on our tours here.

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

Recommended Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Comfy shoes for the drive home

What's Included?

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

What's Not Included

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

 

What kind of lunch and snacks are included?

Lunch for this adventure is a bagged lunch we will be eating on the trail. The lunch includes a sandwich, snacks, 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 is not usually provided for this tour. Contact us if you would like to arrange transportation for your group.

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 6 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.

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 the Nordegg Canteen or give us a call at 403 986-6190.