Lakes & Rivers

Abraham Lake

A true wonder and a MUST SEE.  Its turquoise color may be one of the most breathtaking sites you may ever see.  The extremely dynamic color is caused by "rock flower" (silt ground from rocks by glacier movement).

This manmade wonder is the result of the construction of the bighorn dam. 

The lake received its name from a government sponsored "Name the Lake
Contest ".

The man and his family that the lake was named after is Silas Abraham who lived in the North Saskatchewan River valley in the late 1800's.

Silas Abraham, born in 1871 lived with most of his Stony Indian family along the Upper Saskatchewan River Valley .  

Silas became a guide for many early explorers and adventurers such as Martin Nordegg, Mary Schaffer, and Elliott Barns. 

In 1902 Silas and his family helped construct Tom Wilson's Cabin, the first log structure in the valley.

 

 

 

 

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Allstones Creek, Allstones Falls and Allstones Lake

Allstones LakeThe Stoney Indians named this rocky creek bed because of its unique rock formations, gorge, and falls` leading to the headwaters at Allstones Lake , which is very small and beautiful.

The mouth of the creek was flooded when Lake Abraham was created in 1972.  Now there is Allstones Cove a peaceful part of the tumultuous Abraham Lake.

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Crimson Lake

Crimson Lake With having such a diverse amount of facilities and services available it's easy to see why this lake is so popular. Year round activities are just one of the many reasons that keep visitors coming back year round.

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Fish Lake

Fish LakeFish Lake is also called Shunda Lake and is a lake that is sure to give you many happy memories.

 

 

 

 

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Lake of the Falls

Mesmerizing all who come to see her majestic mountain beauty, along with the stunning back drop of the surrounding area, will have you wanting to stay for more.

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Landslide Lake

This lake looks like it was created when a landslide dammed a stream, 
to this day an outlet cannot be located!

In 1972 it was declared the Landslide Lake Natural Area by order-in-council with the boundaries extending to the height of land around the lake, previous to that it was part of the White Goat Wilderness Area.

Whirlpool Ridge is a high ridge of land protruding into the North Saskatchewan River Valley causing river to change direction. By following the Wildhorse Creek located on the west side of the ridge you can hike to Landslide Lake and then Wildhorse Pass.  

Back in the 1950's Whirlpool Ridge was a strategic setting for rounding up wild horses. Wild horses moved back and forth from one side of the ridge during summer and winter months. The roundups drove the horses toward the ridge and  one of the passes that contained roundup corrals to trap them. One of the corrals is still evident on the low end of the Whirlpool Point.

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Bighorn River

Bighorn River Bighorn River, Crescent Falls , Bighorn flats, and Bighorn Canyon ;

Headwaters of the Bighorn River are along the First Range Mountains with the Littlehorn Creek and Sunkay Creek flowing into it upstream from the Bighorn Indian Reserve. 

Two waterfalls located at the top of the Bighorn Canyon are now called Crescent Falls because of the crescent shape of the cliff over which two 30-meter waterfall drop.

These falls were visited by Martin Nordegg many times both while searching for coal seams and for recreation. The Bighorn Canyon is breathtaking to see and treacherous to hike.

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Brazeau River

Excellent fishing can be had at Brazeau River . Kayakers and canoeists have found this river to be a as challenging as it is rewarding, so that might well be why its so popular.

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Cline River

Cline River As the glacier of this area began to retreat about 12,000 years ago, the river started to cut away at the limestone, leaving the beautiful gorge that remains today.

The trail that leads to Cline Creek Falls is half the fun in getting there. Once you have gotten to the falls you'll want to have brought your camera to capture the beauty of the trail in all its stunning glory.

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North Saskatchewan River

North Saskatchewan RiverWith its numerous access locations along its path, the North Saskatchewan River may well be the most used river for boating, fishing, rafting, canoeing, hiking or just plain fun throughout all of Alberta . With its picturesque surroundings its not hard to see why.

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Siffleur River

Siffleur River Trek up the trails next to the river to a magnificent set of falls. 
Along the Siffleur River and a ways up are two other sets of falls that are well worth the hike, don't forget your camera.

The river was named by Sir James Hector after the whistling marmot or the "Siffleur". A mountain and waterfall have been named in the same manner.

 

 

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