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“Thoughtful & Friendly Staff - great Launching place for a River Float”
Review of Fort Normandeau

Fort Normandeau
Ranked #15 of 58 things to do in Red Deer
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Red Deer, Canada
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136 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Thoughtful & Friendly Staff - great Launching place for a River Float”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

We arrived at Fort Normandeau to start a 3-4 hour river float, and were greeted by a very friendly and informative host. He informed us of any river changes, hazards, etc. , and also warned us not to leave any valuable in sight in our vehicles as break-ins had occurred in the public parking areas.

As a bonus, we were asked if we were taking our cell phones on the float, and when we answered no due to possibility of them getting wet, he gave us the neatest waterproof phone bags, and indicated that for our safety we should take our cell phones along.

All of our group was impressed with the thoughtful and caring approach by the staff member, and it really made our launch at Fort Normandeau very heart warming...

We floated to Three Mile Bend - approximately 3-4 hours of relaxed floating (not paddling) - that was plenty for us (any longer would have been too long ...)

One thought on the landing - 3 mile bend is on the outside of the river bend - the current is faster and the water deeper at the edge... Next time we would park our pick-up vehicles at Bower Pond Boat Launch - a shorter trip but easier landing...

Now we want to come back and tour the Fort to see what it offers there

Thanks for a wonderful River Float Send-off!!!


Note - always park your vehicles in approved parking areas, and choose parks that are busy - vehicle break-ins happen at the lesser used areas

Visited August 2013
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Red Deer, Canada
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“A bit of HIstory tucked by the River.”
Reviewed 25 July 2013

Want to know where Red Deer could have been. Come and see Fort Normandeau. See the actual crossing where Indians crossed and settlers went accross the River. See the Fort that was constructed and that is still standing. Learn how to make bannock and see where NWMP stayed. Go in an actual Tee Pee. Historical things to see inside of museum area and souveniers to buy. Would like to see a face lift on bathroom facilties and updates. Perhaps more areas to have pinics with coverings.

Visited July 2013
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5 Thank Carolyn S
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