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“Great family day trip”
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Siffleur Falls
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Owner description: 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.
Red Deer, Canada
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“Great family day trip”
Reviewed April 14, 2012

We spent the day with another family, 4 adults and 5 kids (ages 11, 9, 8, 5 & 5). It was a bit long for the littlest ones, but they all had a great time. A few sections of the trail required caution, but I wouldn't call them dangerous. Beautiful scenery, pretty waterfalls.

Visited September 2011
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Safe or Dangerous - Pick One.”
Reviewed January 23, 2012

I went to Siffleur Falls on the Thanksgiving weekend leading a group of hikers. We found the trailhead easily enough, then followed a wide and well-trodden trail across a bridge and the valley flats, before crossing a second bridge over the Siffleur River. Note that the directions given in the guidebooks are very bad - ours had an incorrect map to find the highway pullout, and told us to turn before the bridge when in fact we had to turn after.

The guidebook describes two routes, one that climbs away from the valley and leads to a number of scenic lookouts, and a second, lower trail that traverses across the face of the steep cliffs above the river. The book suggests taking the lower route, as being more interesting, and it certainly is. That lower trail leads you onto a narrow trail, which soon becomes a 'goat track'. There are sections where the risk of a fall would be extreme in wet or snowy conditions, and one slip would mean a tumble of perhaps 50 metres down to the river far below.

Did I mention there are two memorial plaques at the trailhead to two people who died in separate incidents in just one summer falling off that trail! In spite of warning signs, the dangerous cliff route is obviously followed by those who listen to the guidebook recommendations, and who believe they won't be the next ones to fall.

The upper, official trail climbs for a short while, then takes the hiker out to a series of very beautiful viewpoints, with incredible views of the valley and the surrounding mountains. After just a few kilometres, it drops down to Siffleur Falls, a great spot to take photos and a lunch break before turning around and heading back down.

There is also the option of continuing up the valley to the second and third set of waterfalls, but again signs warn of the dangers. The trail from that point on is unofficial, and there are more cliff traverses to consider and a bit of scrambling to keep it interesting. This part of the trail is not recommended for children or inexperienced adults - the risk of a fall is very real, and rescue (or 'recovery') would take a long time to arrive.

None of the choices is very demanding, from a physical point of view. Elevation gains are just a few hundred metres, and the trails are easy to follow, but I would strongly suggest that most hikers be satisfied with the pleasant walk to the first set of waterfalls. If you do that, you will have a nice walk, some great scenery, and some very nice photos.

Visited November 2011
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Calgary, Canada
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“beautiful valley and water falls”
Reviewed November 16, 2011

On my way to Rocky Mountain House on HWY 11 from Banff National Park, I had time for some hiking and picked the Siffleur Falls hike. Parking right along HWY 11, easy, pleasant hike , loved to cross the Saskatchewan River and the very pretty valley. There was enough hikers for me not to feel alone in the wilderness, but not too many to still be able to enjoy the peaceful and quiet surrounding. About 3 hours easy hiking includes break. Lovely !

Visited July 2011
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