Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site is 6 kilometres west of the town of Rocky Mountain House, one hour west of Red Deer or 2.5 hours from Calgary or Edmonton and 1.5 hours east of Saskatchewan Crossing along the jaw-dropping David Thompson Highway, #11. Plan at least a half day for a brief visit and a full day to experience the trails, the programs and special events. Plan ahead for an overnight stay in an authentic tipi. Bring walking shoes and sun protection. Light snacks and refreshments are available as are numerous picnic tables.

Getting here


The National Historic Site is located 6 km west of Rocky Mountain House on Highway 11A.

Distances to Rocky Mountain House from :
KM Miles Hours
Banff via Hwy. 1 & 22 259 151 3
Banff via Hwy. 93 & 11 302 189 3.5
Calgary 198 123 2.5
Edmonton 220 136 2.5
Red Deer 81 50 1
Jasper 332 206 4


Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply. 

Detailed fees list

Facilities and services

Accessible Facilities Accessible services
Gift Shop Gift shop
Parking Parking
Restrooms Restrooms
Bus parking Bus parking
Information Information
Picnic area Picnic area
Dogs on leash Dogs on leash
Lookout Lookout
Playground Playground

Quick facts

  • Beaver pelts for hats and furs for fashion were in vogue in Europe during the 1700 and 1800s. Hundreds of trappers and traders trekked west seeking fortune.
  • The great cartographer, David Thompson spent many years here mapping routes through Howse Pass and Athabasca Pass.