Here’s where the fun begins! Where to start?
Here are just a few suggestions to get you started:
Horseback Riding: right across the Hwy
Enjoy the peaceful trail rides of McKenzies Trails West. If you would like a quick journey, you can go on as little as a 1 hour ride. For the eager type, there are 2 hour and 4 hour rides. And for the adventurer, there are 6 and 12 day pack trips!
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Rafting: two hours away
Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you float down one of the many beautiful Canadian Rivers in the Rockies. Bring your own or enjoy one of the rafting trips from Jasper or Golden.
Columbia Ice Fields: one hour drive
Guided tours can be taken by special machines over the glacier.
If hiking’s not up your alley, there are quite a few places to go by vehicle. Here is a fully detailed list of suggested “musts to see”…
North From Resort:
- Windy Point – drive – 7 miles – turn east right at cut through mountain, out to point overlooking Lake Abraham
- Michener Mountain – drive – best seen from Windy Point or viewpoint.
- Viewpoint – drive – excellent view of Lake Abraham and the Big Horn Dam, a tremendous earth-filled dam. The largest man-made dam in Alberta.
- Big Horn Dam – drive – 15 miles from resort.
- Big Horn Dam display – drive – open May 15 to September 15th – 8:30 to 4:30.
- Big Horn Canyon – drive – 2 miles north of Dam – a viewpoint overlooking the Canyon.
- Crescent Falls – drive – hike – magnificent falls, also recreational area. Very scenic hike from highway to falls. The short hike from the viewpoint to the falls is exceptionally nice.
- Lost Lake – hike – starts just on the east side of All Stones Creek. Tough climb, above the treeline. Beautiful scenery.
South From Resort:
- Cline River Canyon – hike 1 mile from Resort. Go in from road bridge, about 2 mile walk.
- Coral Creek Canyon – hike – continue on hiking from the junction of the Cline River and Coral Creek, another 2 miles of beautiful scenery.
- Historical Site – drive – 9 miles from Resort, turn at 2 O’clock Creek, then right at the first turn. In this area are the Indian Burial Grounds, containing the graves moved from the Abraham Lake area and the original site of Barnes Ranch.
- Kootenay Plains – drive – scenic natural area and destination of the annual David Thompson Cavalcade.
- Mount William Booth – drive – seen best from the Kootenay Plains area.
- Indian Sundance Tree – drive – first trail turning right, just beyond the fence at Kootenay Plains. Drive along the trail to Indian Sundance Trees of this and previous years. The Indian Sundance ceremony is an annual Indian religious ceremony. Please do not deface or destroy this sacred area.
- Siffleur Canyon Falls – hike – 3 mile hike (a must for hikers). 9 1/2 miles from Resort – park in area across the highway from Kootenay Plains. The trail leads to a swinging bridge over the North Saskatchewan River, to the Siffleur River. The path along the canyon to Siffleur Falls is exceptionally scenic. For a longer hike continue along the falls to the rapids and Siffleur Wilderness. (Beautiful)
- Whirl Pool Point – drive – parking available along highway, walking trail down to whirl pool, interesting rock formation and small beach.
- Mistaya Canyon – drive and a short hike – about 1 mile from Saskatchewan River Bridge. Parking available along highway. 1/4 mile hike to bridge and canyon over Mistaya River and Falls. Also more hiking trails beyond, including Howse Pass.
- Landslide Lake – hike – long hike – take trail south of Cline River. 14 miles to Landslide lake. Beautiful scenery and excellent cutthroat fishing.
- Pinto Lake – hike – very long hike. Take the trail south of the Cline River and follow the Cline about 24 miles to Pinto Lake. Continue over Sunset Pass about 6 miles to the Banff-Jasper highway. A very scenic hike.
- Sunset Pass – hike – as above to Pinto Lake.
- Around the Resort – hike – walking path from the back of the campground to viewpoint overlooking Abraham Lake. Another viewpoint about 1 mile north of Resort – short hike to small Indian Falls and to lake. Also across highway, around White Goat Lakes.
Fishing at it’s finest. Whether you’re a fly fisherman or not, beginner or expert, this is an experience no one should miss. Fish the clear, glacier fed rivers and streams and catch a little… heaven.
Helicopter Tours: 5 minutes away
For the ultimate wilderness experience. Be airlifted to one of Alberta’s beautiful mountainous backdrops to experience nature’s true beauty. But keep in mind, this is a “no frills” adventure. You are far from facilities and close to wildlife. In having said that, we remind the Adventurer to take the necessary precautions.
Hiking: too many trails to count
Experience nature’s true rugged beauty. With a plethora of places to visit via trails and roads, there is something for everyone.
There are numerous routes to take to experience the mountains at a faster pace than walking.
It’s not all just rocks and trees! There are hundreds of different species of birds and mammals to watch! Be sure to bring binoculars and a camera!