Kootenay Plains Alberta

It’s Monday on my WordPress blog, and after a three week holiday break, I am back in Alberta. After the morning exploring Crescent Falls and having lunch in Nordegg, we spent the afternoon at Kootenay Plains Provincial Recreation Area.

Parking is just off the David Thompson Highway where we found this memorial plaque explaining the names of the four peaks behind it. All four peaks are part of Ex Coelis Mountain.

Four mountains named after battles fought in France, Belgium and Germany by the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.

Four mountains named after battles fought in France, Belgium and Germany by the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.

We then set off to hike the 5km to Siffleur Falls (next Monday.) There are two suspension bridges across two arms of the North Saskatchewan River. Yup, the same river as seen in these photos, but further east. The photo below shows three of the four mountains named above: the Ardennes, Rhine and Elbe.

Crossing the North Saskatchewan River by suspension bridge.

Crossing the North Saskatchewan River by the first suspension bridge.

This was the scene looking upriver from the second suspension bridge; Mount Elbe looks even closer.

Crossing an arm of the North Saskatchewan River.

Crossing an arm of the North Saskatchewan River.

This last photo was taken as we came back from the hike and looks downriver towards Abraham Lake.

North Saskatchewan River as it flows toward Abraham Lake.

North Saskatchewan River as it flows toward Abraham Lake.

Next post: Siffleur Falls

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25 comments on “Kootenay Plains Alberta

  1. Anabel Marsh says:

    I think I mentioned before that we are going to Alberta this summer so I’m hanging on to your posts for hiking ideas. Thank you!

  2. BuntyMcC says:

    One tip: Google maps have no detail on any place we went. And when I tried to find maps on the Alberta provincial site for this area – to link to this post – I was directed to a commercial site (Trails ?.?.?)which (of course!) I cannot find now. Since we were on well-used tracks we mostly followed signs or asked people!

  3. Now I have another area to add to my to-be-visited list.

    • BuntyMcC says:

      Don’t confuse Kootenay, British Columbia with Kootenay Plains Alberta. But yes, the sights and walks along this strip of the David Thompson Highway between Nordegg and Saskatchewan River Crossing (the latter in Banff National Park) are worth adding to a Rockies itinerary. Most people come at the parks from the south via Calgary and Canmore.

  4. What astonishing photos! Now I need to go!

  5. BuntyMcC says:

    Sorry, no cathedrals or ancient wall frescoes. But lots of fresh air.

  6. Your photos make me want to go there … just divine! Must show hubby. Thanks for sharing ..

  7. Crossing an arm of the North Saskatchewan River

  8. as an Albertan i really need to get to Abraham Lake…many photographers go to photograph the bubbles in the winter…i know many of these spaces…smiles hedy 🙂

    • BuntyMcC says:

      It was a photo of the bubbles that led me to be there: a photo taken by Darwin Wiggett (Oopoomoo) who mentioned staying at Aurum Lodge. So we booked a room for three nights and it was a terrific place from which to explore Jasper, Banff and this part of Alberta.

  9. mincs1 says:

    Beautiful. I had no idea that the Nordegg area looked like this. Siffleur Falls is now on my “to do” list!

    • BuntyMcC says:

      I wouldn’t have found this area if it weren’t for seeing posts by Oopoomoo photographers based out of Aurum Lodge a little west of Nordegg. It was a great quiet place to stay for three days to have somewhere to come back to after a day in Jasper or Banff parks.

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