With a well marked parking lot and staging area on the Kootenay Plains, offers an easy walk across a suspension bridge over the North Saskatchewan to the falls on the Siffleur River. The path along the canyon to Siffleur Falls is exceptionally scenic. For a longer hike continue along the falls to the rapids and Siffleur Wilderness.
Siffleur means "Whistling Marmot", these mammals live in the crevices and on the scree slopes along the Siffleur River. The Marmot was referred to by the early French Canadian fur traders as the "Siffleur" after the French word "siffleur" which means "to whistle." Siffleur Falls, Siffleur River, and Siffleur Mountain all lie near the headwaters of the North Saskatchewan River.
The Ram River is located on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies in the Rocky Mountain Forest Reserve. Characterized by spectacular views and rugged terrain, the area between the Forestry Trunk Road and the confluence with the North Saskatchewan River is considered by many to be one of the top wilderness adventure trips in the world. Wildlife thrive in this setting and it is possible to see Elk, Grizzly and Black Bears, Bighorn Sheep, (which can be seen grazing above the falls) Whitetail Deer, Bald Eagles and Blue Herons all in the same day! The North Ram River flows into the South Ram creating a small to medium sized river. The scenery here is absolutely spectacular, it also has something for everyone, including hiking and fishing. You can almost drive to the falls. A short walk through the trees takes you to a viewpoint. Steps lead you down to the edge of the ravine for a spectacular view. Take you camera!
Near the Bighorn Stoney Reserve, is easily accessible, and offers spectacular perspectives on the deep Bighorn River Gorge.
In 1907, Martin Nordegg was guided by D.B. Dowling, of the Geological Survey of Canada, to the Bighorn coalfields. Dowling had located the coal and mapped the area the previous year. Coal claims, were in unsurveyed territory. Applying for any land claim required that it be surveyed, and the claims tied to a survey post or to a fixed spot. These Bighorn rocks were used as the "immovable starting point" for survey measurements, when an official survey post could not be located. The Bighorn coalfields were staked in 1907, and location given, by using the rocks above Bighorn (Crescent) Falls as the "immovable starting point". These Bighorn coal lands, which included the double waterfall now known as Crescent Falls, were purchased outright. This coalfield, staked in 1907, became part of the Brazeau Collieries holdings in 1909, but they were never developed. A campground is now located where the mine and town of Bighorn were to be built, above the Falls. In later years, after the mining town of Nordegg was closed, the name, Bighorn Falls, was changed to Crescent Falls. This was done to avoid confusion with another Bighorn Falls, located in the YaHa Tinda area near Sundre.