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“Nice falls at the end of a good hike!”
Review of Siffleur Falls

Siffleur Falls
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Owner description: Waterfalls, a canyon , the Siffleru River and the majestic Saskatchewan River are some of the joys of this accessible hike. The hike can be done year round and provides a wonderful perspective on the Kootenay Plans where the native Indians spent their winters due to the warm climate of the area. There are many other historical trails and excellent back country hiking in the vicinity.
Reviewed 4 August 2012

Seen from the David Thompson Highway is a large pull off (as long as not busy could fit a few vehicles with holiday trailers - must get turned around before parking for an easy time getting out, should the parking lot get busy). There are out houses here. A 7 min walk to the suspension bridge crossing the North Saskatchewan River. Then a few minutes walk over a raised boardwalk path through picturesque open fields dotted with evergreen trees. The trail then starts and is wide and easy through to a small river with a walking bridge. This is about the half way point - 25 min walk. The trail from here is fairly good but there is some steep inclines, with a narrower trail. Not dangerous, but one just needs to be careful. There are about 3 safe outlooks into the canyon and waterfall. Lots of shade here and a nice place to stop for a snack or picnic lunch. There are supposed to be a couple more waterfalls further up stream, but we read they were not worth going to, unless you just enjoy the hiking. As it was it was a 2.5 hour trip for us and we were moving quick coming back as a thunder storm was chasing us! Make sure to take at least one bottle of water per person. Our kids filled their bottles in the river upstream of the falls (and no one got sick!). Unless you have a very active and energetic child, this is probably not good for a child under 6-7 yrs. We tried this a few years ago when the youngest was in a backpack and one of our other kids was 5 and we turned around at the second river. As one of the other reviews mentions, this is a good hike, but not for wimps! We were pooped when we got back!

3  Thank Albertamom-of-4
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

This is a great adventure with a family. From the suspension bridge to the beautiful falls at the top of the hike. Not for wimps.

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Reviewed 5 June 2012

Although it almost killed me, it was a breathtaking hike and very lovely.

1  Thank Jackie S
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

We spent the day with another family, 4 adults and 5 kids (ages 11, 9, 8, 5 & 5). It was a bit long for the littlest ones, but they all had a great time. A few sections of the trail required caution, but I wouldn't call them dangerous. Beautiful scenery, pretty waterfalls.

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Reviewed 23 January 2012

I went to Siffleur Falls on the Thanksgiving weekend leading a group of hikers. We found the trailhead easily enough, then followed a wide and well-trodden trail across a bridge and the valley flats, before crossing a second bridge over the Siffleur River. Note that the directions given in the guidebooks are very bad - ours had an incorrect map to find the highway pullout, and told us to turn before the bridge when in fact we had to turn after.

The guidebook describes two routes, one that climbs away from the valley and leads to a number of scenic lookouts, and a second, lower trail that traverses across the face of the steep cliffs above the river. The book suggests taking the lower route, as being more interesting, and it certainly is. That lower trail leads you onto a narrow trail, which soon becomes a 'goat track'. There are sections where the risk of a fall would be extreme in wet or snowy conditions, and one slip would mean a tumble of perhaps 50 metres down to the river far below.

Did I mention there are two memorial plaques at the trailhead to two people who died in separate incidents in just one summer falling off that trail! In spite of warning signs, the dangerous cliff route is obviously followed by those who listen to the guidebook recommendations, and who believe they won't be the next ones to fall.

The upper, official trail climbs for a short while, then takes the hiker out to a series of very beautiful viewpoints, with incredible views of the valley and the surrounding mountains. After just a few kilometres, it drops down to Siffleur Falls, a great spot to take photos and a lunch break before turning around and heading back down.

There is also the option of continuing up the valley to the second and third set of waterfalls, but again signs warn of the dangers. The trail from that point on is unofficial, and there are more cliff traverses to consider and a bit of scrambling to keep it interesting. This part of the trail is not recommended for children or inexperienced adults - the risk of a fall is very real, and rescue (or 'recovery') would take a long time to arrive.

None of the choices is very demanding, from a physical point of view. Elevation gains are just a few hundred metres, and the trails are easy to follow, but I would strongly suggest that most hikers be satisfied with the pleasant walk to the first set of waterfalls. If you do that, you will have a nice walk, some great scenery, and some very nice photos.

2  Thank petey1955
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