Trails and recreation

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site


Chimney Trail

This trail circles through the archaeological remains of two Hudson’s Bay Company forts dating to 1835 and 1868 (where the fort’s original chimneys still stand). Enjoy stories and interpretive panels at the listening stations.

  • 0.8 km loop, wheelchair accessible
  • 30 minutes hiking
  • 15 minutes biking

David Thompson Trail

Follow along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River to the oldest fort sites, including the first fort built by the North West Company in 1799. Discover historical anecdotes and sounds at each listening station.

  • 3.2 km loop
  • 90 minutes hiking
  • 30 minutes biking

Petro Canada Bicentennial Trail

Trail between the National Historic Site and the Town of Rocky Mountain House, winding through aspens and old growth forests with scenic views of Clearwater County.

  • 5 km one way
  • 2 hours hiking
  • 40 minutes biking

Shared Access Trail

This paved trail between the Visitor Centre and our Campground is used by hikers, bikers, dog walkers, and Parks Canada vehicles. Share the road!

  • 1 km one way
  • 20 minutes hiking
  • 10 minutes biking

Wheelchair and Stroller Access

Chimney Trail, Visitor Centre, and the washroom building are accessible.

Keep in mind:

  • Bring water and extra layers of clothing.
  • Use sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Pets on leash are welcome. (Pick up after your pets.)

Picnic Areas

Gaze at the mountains, watch the bison or relax by the North Saskatchewan while you enjoy your own picnic. Designated picnic tables and trashcans are located through out the site. Refreshments and snacks are available at the Trading Post Gift Shop.

  • Camping areas
  • Visitor Centre

Wildlife Viewing

This historic site protects over 500 acres of field, marsh, and old spruce forest. It provides habitat for many species including the mountain bluebird, red-tailed hawk, northern harrier, bald eagle, sandhill crane, Richardson’s ground squirrel, coyote, fox, moose, grouse, beaver and deer. Help us keep wildlife wild. Do not approach or feed animals.

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