Red Deer River - Content Bridge to Drumheller

MODERATE 3 reviews

Red Deer River - Content Bridge to Drumheller is a 123.1 kilometer lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Nevis, Alberta, Canada that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
123 km
ELEVATION GAIN
3,308 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

paddle sports

beach

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

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.

11 days ago

a great trip

2 months ago

Around red deer

paddle sports
5 months ago

My first go at a multi day canoe trip. We rented a canoe from Red Deer River Adventures and booked a shuttle with them to Consort Bridge near Stettler. The there is a private campground with a boat launch there. I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting an experience of multi day trips. the river is not too challenging. Maybe portage a couple of meters past the rapids on day one, we were lucky rather than good shooting down them. Early August means the river is a little shallower and moves more slowly further down. We went midweek, so very quiet on the river and in camp. Met a few people on similar expeditions and learned a lot from them. Great scenery, wildlife and history all the way down.