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Rocky Mountain House – Unusual Attractions & Day Trips

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Rocky Mountain House Off the Beaten Path

This town in western Alberta Canada is surrounded by nature and hidden treasures. Rocky Mountain House has plenty of things to discover off the beaten path like these below.

An Off the Beaten Path Wonderland

The only real reason to come to this town is for off the beaten path activities. The surrounding area has some killer mountain and dirt biking as well as camping, hiking, fishing, and anything outdoors. There is not really an off the beaten track place for any of these activities. Many visitors recommend befriending a local and getting them to be your guide. You won’t do stuff like this hardly anywhere else. The majority of locals know some of the real gem spots in the surrounding area and are pretty much the only way of experiencing them.

In October 1940, a group of intrepid travelers with two vehicles made the first trip from Rocky Mountain House to Saskatchewan Crossing, a dangerous undertaking of 118 miles. There were no roads in this area at the time and the trip took 10 days! Today you can drive the same route in about two hours. There is a small cairn with a plaque on it at Whirlpool Point commemorating these brave and hardy travelers. Mount Wilson is also a fascinating place to explore.

Exploring Nordegg

Visit historic Nordegg, about an hour’s drive west of Rocky Mountain House. It is the site of the former Brazeau Colleries which was a coal mining operation here for many years. You can learn more about some of the historic significance of this area by the Nordegg Historical Society. The Nordegg Historical Society has some excellent resources on its website including a detailed map of the region.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about places off the beaten path in Rocky Mountain House.

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