TrailsPicnic Areas Wildlife Viewing Canoeing & Kayaking | Fishing

Trails

Chimney Trail

This trail circles through the archaeological remains of two Hudson’s Bay Company forts dating to 1835 and 1868 (where the fort’s original chimneys still stand). 

  • Begins and ends at the Listening Station on the river by the Visitor Centre 
  • 0.8 km loop, wheelchair accessible 
  • Allow 35 minutes 

David Thompson Trail 

Follow along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River to the oldest fort sites, including the first fort built by the North West Company in 1799. 

  • Begins and ends at the Listening Station on the river by the Visitor Centre 
  • 3.2 km loop 
  • Allow 90 minutes 

Petro Canada Bicentennial Trail 

  • 5 km to the Town of Rocky Mountain House 
  • Allow 40 minutes by bicycle (2 hour walk) 

Wheelchair and Stroller Access 

Chimney Trail, Visitor Centre and the washroom building are accessible.

Keep in mind: 

  • Bring water and extra layers of clothing. 
  • Use sunscreen and insect repellent. 
  • Pets on leash are welcome. (Please pick up after your pets.) 

Picnic Areas

Gaze at the mountains, watch the bison or relax by the North Saskatchewan while you enjoy your own picnic. Visitors are welcome to have picnics along the river, in a tipi or near the Playfort. Designated picnic tables and trashcans are located through out the Site. Refreshments and snacks are available at the Trading Post gift shop.

  • Camping areas 
  • Visitor Centre 
  • Play Fort 

Wildlife Viewing 

This historic site protects over 500 acres of field, marsh, and old spruce forest. It provides habitat for many species including the mountain bluebird, red-tailed hawk, northern harrier, bald eagle, sandhill crane, Richardson’s ground squirrel, coyote, fox, moose, grouse, beaver and deer. Please help us keep wildlife wild by not approaching or feeding animals, big or small.

Canoeing & kayaking

The North Saskatchewan River is popular with canoeists and kayakers. Visitors can access the Brierley Rapids on the North Saskatchewan River from our Canoe Launch.

If you wish to hold a river event at the Brierley Rapids area, please contact the Site at least two weeks in advance.

For your safety, 

  • Bring extra warm clothing. Even on hot days, the water in this river is cold and can cause hypothermia. Be prepared, weather conditions can change rapidly. Afternoon rainstorms, hail and electrical storms are fairly common. 
  • Be familiar with the stretch of river you are paddling, know the hazards, and recognize your own paddling skills and limitations. 
  • Let a friend or family member know about your trip plans, including starting and take out points, as well as estimated time of arrival. 
  • Wear a personal flotation device.

To learn more about paddling on the North Saskatchewan River, purchase a river guide from the Alberta Recreational Canoe Association (ARCA), a non-profit, volunteer organization. ARCA can be contacted at 1-877-ARCA (2722).

To learn more about commercial river tours and canoe rentals, visit the Rocky Mountain House Visitor Information Centre's website or call 403.845.5450 or 1.800.565.3793.

Fishing

To fish in the North Saskatchewan River at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site you must pay an entry fee, as well as purchase a provincial sport fishing licence. Contact your local Fish and Wildlife office or Alberta Sustainable Resource Development .