Best trails in Big Valley, Alberta

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Map of trails in Big Valley, Alberta
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#1 - Red Deer River - Content Bridge to Drumheller
Big Valley, Alberta
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Length: 76.5 mi
Four day, 120 kilometre Canoe trip down the Red Deer River. The first day includes a short section of rapids, the Backbone Riffle. The only challenging section in an open canoe. It is not possible to bypass to the left of the island, but maybe a very short portage would alleviate anxiety. The first night is Trenville Park, the site has showers and fresh water. It is 29 kilometres to the site. Paddling time is dependent on time of year and how much water is in the river. The second day is 36 kilometres to Tolman Bridge, a provincial campground. The east side is scenic, quite, with nice grassy pitches for tents. The day takes you past Dry Island Buffalo Jump which has a boat launch, the area is more than worthy of exploration. Day three as per this trip is shorter, 21 kilometres to the municipal campground at Morrin Bridge. It’s only redeeming feature being some cell phone coverage, which is in short supply through the badlands. If you have the energy you might do the extra 12 to Bleriot Ferry campground, a nice provincial site with fresh water amidst a cotton tree grove. The final day is 31 kilometres on a slower section of river past Bleriot to Drumheller. The whole trip is a fantastic tour of Canada’s Badlands, eagles, ospreys, beaver, prairie falcons in an often stunning wilderness.Show more