7 Budget-friendly Things to do in Clearwater County That You Shouldn't Miss

May 18, 2022 Tambra Mccollister

Discover the best top things to do in Clearwater County, Alberta including McKenzie Trails West, Abraham Lake, Brazeau Collieries Mine Site & Nordegg Heritage Museum, Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, Siffleur Falls, Crimson Lake Provincial Park, Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area.
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1. McKenzie Trails West

Highway 11, Abraham Lake, Nordegg, Alberta Canada +1 403-721-7433 [email protected] http://mctrails.com
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5.0 based on 24 reviews

McKenzie Trails West

Explore the Canadian Rockies on horseback by the hour, day, or week. Our horses are well trained and gentle, our guides are friendly and knowledgeable, and our scenery is magnificent. Fun for the whole family. No experience necessary. We are a multigenerational family outfit with over 50 years in business. Come experience some genuine family hospitality as you explore the areas outside of the national parks. We are located just off of highway 11, minutes away from epic Lake Abraham. Open from mid May until mid October, 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm.

Reviewed By TasteofTuscany - Portofino, Italy

Simply fantastic from start to finish. These people are fantastic in there approach to back country scenic experiences. Great with children and great with the whole family. Horses are really well taken care of and ample area. Easy acces off highway 11 and ample parking with turn arround. We will deffinately be returning to the ranch in spring. People with mobility issues have the ability to ride also with steps to assist in getting onto and off the horses. I am sure they have other means if neccesary as well if asked for. The prices are very reasonable for the area, very unexpected, but very pleased. We have been on many trail rides, this is in our top two of all time.

2. Abraham Lake

Alberta Canada
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5.0 based on 28 reviews

Abraham Lake

Reviewed By cindyjJ6697OX

Gorgeous turquois lake in the Rocky Mountains, our favourite region in the Rockies, quieter than in Banff or Jasper National Park. Great hikes and we always see Big Horn Sheep graze along the lake

3. Brazeau Collieries Mine Site & Nordegg Heritage Museum

Highway 11, Nordegg, Alberta T0M 2H0 Canada +1 403-721-2625 http://www.clearwatercounty.ca/departments/section.jsp?sid=133
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Brazeau Collieries Mine Site & Nordegg Heritage Museum

The Nordegg Heritage Centre is the home of the Nodegg Visitor Information, Nordegg Museum, Miners Café and the Coliseum Gift Shop. If your interested in taking a tour of the Brazeau Collieries Mine Site you can get your tickets here!

4. Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

Comp 6 # Site 127 RR 4 Stn Main, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta T4T 2A4 Canada +1 403-845-2412 [email protected] http://www.pc.gc.ca/rockymountainhouse
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4.5 based on 86 reviews

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

Stroll along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, one of the original ‘highways’ to the west. Follow in the footsteps of Indigenous Peoples, fur traders, and legendary explorer David Thompson. Experience the archaeological remains of four fur trade posts and seven kilometers of nature trails. Marvel at a bison herd. Stay awhile and experience a range of camping styles along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River: from Indigenous trapper tents and tipis to walk-in tenting and RV stalls. Visit the Métis camp, blacksmith forge/boathouse and fort sites. Learn a new trade or craft dating back to the fur trade era. See how Red River carts and York Boats were made. Roll up your sleeves to make your own drum, dream-catcher or traditional craft using quills, leather and textiles.

Reviewed By camperguy133 - Fort McMurray, Canada

What a great little camprground! The sites were level and generously sized for our travel trailer, with sturdy picnic tables and very functional firepit. There are also prospector tents & teepees available to rent if you prefer that kind of experience.We had a view of the Bison field and were able to spot some bison in the evenings from the lookout at the campground. The washrooms and showers ample size and were cleaned several times per day. Showers were free with provided tokens. The firewood was reasonably priced, very dry and easy to split, too. The really cool thing is the proximity to the historic site...there is an interpretive trail that takes you right to the historic site with a return trail along the river. The interpretive displays are staffed by knowledgeable folks who enjoy telling about life in the days of the fur trade...you could watch a blacksmith making tools or try some freshly made campfire bannock. Great place to bring the kids for an afternoon of exploring and then retire to your camper for campfire & smores.

5. Siffleur Falls

Near the headwaters of the North Saskatchewan River Kootenay Plains, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta Canada
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Siffleur Falls

Waterfalls, a canyon , the Siffleru River and the majestic Saskatchewan River are some of the joys of this accessible hike. The hike can be done year round and provides a wonderful perspective on the Kootenay Plans where the native Indians spent their winters due to the warm climate of the area. There are many other historical trails and excellent back country hiking in the vicinity.

Reviewed By cindyjJ6697OX

This is by far our favourite hike in the Rocky Mountains, not too long, not too steep, but very scenic. It is located in the Kootenay Plains and has way less snow than Banff National Park, so it's perfect for early spring or fall. But we also went in summer one year. There are always a few people hiking, which is nice, doesn't feel too alone, but not crowded at all. Great views of the Siffleur River canyon with the river's bright blue colour

6. Crimson Lake Provincial Park

Township Road 402A and Range Road 80C West of Rocky Mountain House, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta T0M 1T0 Canada +1 403-845-2330 http://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/central/crimson-lake-pp/
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Crimson Lake Provincial Park

This park is located near the transition of three natural regions: Boreal Forest to the northeast, Foothills to the west, and Parkland a short distance to the east. Organic bogs and fens cover most of the central portion of the park while sand dunes and sand plains cover much of the rest. Black spruce bogs, tamarack-swamp birch fens and open sedge fens more typical of the Boreal Forest approach their southern limit within the park. Park visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor experiences, abundant wildlife such as moose and deer, and the solitude of dense evergreen forests.

Reviewed By cindyjJ6697OX

This lake was only a 5 minute drive from our cabin rental at Ride the Wind Ranch; so we stopped for a little walk along the sandy shore, which was very quiet in October. Next time we rent the cabin we'll plan to do the 10 km hike around the lake. The beach looked perfect for summer time bathing

7. Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Canada http://www.albertaparks.ca/crescent-falls/information-facilities.aspx
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area

Reviewed By 2CanadianTravellers - Edmonton, Canada

Travelers, not tourists, always look for a hidden gem, and Crescent Falls is definitely a beautiful hidden gem west of Nordegg right in David Thompson Country on Highway 11, central Alberta. The Crescent Falls signage on Highway 11 West is quite small and you have pay attention on the signage after you pass Nordegg. Park your vehicle at the lower parking area if you can. If you want to see the two Crescent Falls up high on several lookouts with the Rocky Mountains and the foot hills in the background, you have to hike up the trail on your left for about 30-45 minutes. If you hike further, you come to the lookouts of the spectacular Bighorn gorge and canyon. This is not a hike for young children because you are walking by high mountain cliffs. If you are a traveler and looking for hidden gems to hike in Alberta, Crescent Falls is a must.

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