2024 Canadian Rockies
Canyon Festival

Abraham Lake, Alberta

The Canadian Rockies Canyon Rendez-Vous is back! This year we will return to the David Thompson corridor / Abraham Lake area where some of the Canadian Rockies most scenic and exciting canyons are located within a short distance.

Organized by

Banff Canyoning

ATTENDEE PREREQUISITES

Each guest must be a self-reliant canyoner. You must possess STRONG personal technical skills and be able to contribute to solving problems as a team member.

Registration

Please submit your application by filling this form.

We will open the event to 30 experienced recreational Canyoners only. First come first serve!

Upon submission, please allow 48 hours for us to review your application and send you a confirmation email.

More spots may be opened depending on the number of leaders available.

Price

Early registration: $CAD 95 / person + tax

After May 1st: $CAD 120 / person + tax

Your skills and expectations

What do you need to bring?

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Rappelling device
  • Ascending device
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • 1 non locking carabiner
  • Static rope (60 meter)
  • Rope bag
  • Dry Bag
  • First aid
  • Backpack
  • Water Bottles or Bladder (1-2 liters per person per day)
  • Canyon or approach or Hiking shoes for water environment
  • 5mm Wetsuit or Drysuit

Meeting point

Shuttle Option

On demand and based on availability. Please contact us if you need a pickup. 

We can transport from Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Field and Golden.

Able to help out?

Please don’t hesitate to offer your help. These Fests’ are fun but a bit of work to host, so your help is definitely needed and will be greatly appreciated. Please send us an email at info@westcanyon.ca

Cancellation Policy

Your payment is non-refundable, non-transferable & may not be

re-sold. No exceptions.

What is included

General Organisation
& Canyon Beta

We ensure that this event runs smoothly by providing some additional transportation and infrastructures.

Campground

Calvacade Campground will serve as the staging area and you can also pitch your tent and stay there from the evening of July 11th to the morning of the 15th. Minimal infrastructure!

Workshops & Presentations

We will host technical workshops and discussions. Please reach out if you would like to suggest ideas or collaborate.

What are you signing up for !?

The primary goal is to provide recreational canyoneers an opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful canyons in the Canadian Rockies, while strengthening the bonds between canyoners from all communities.

We will practice skills, share techniques, and continue to learn safer and smoother ways to navigate these incredible environments.

We will be holding this event on the 12th-14th of July to take advantage of the long days of Summer. This is also when the best non-glacier-fed canyons are typically at the most fun levels! The extra daylight will also give us plenty of time to organize workshops, discussions, and other fun stuff.

Location

The Abraham Lake area is one of the more recent areas developed for canyoning/canyoneering in the Canadian Rockies, but definitely one of the most spectacular!

Abraham Lake likely embodies your image of the wild Canadian Rockies – glacier blue lakes surrounded by rugged limestone peaks and wildlife galore; a magical playground for outdoor enthusiasts and situated between Banff and Jasper National parks, which are UNESCO world heritage sites.

Additionally it is only a 20 minute drive East of the Icefield Parkway, renowned as one of the most scenic drives worldwide. It is an area full of canyons that have been explored and opened by local pioneers of the sport over the past 30 years.

Festival Progress

This schedule will be updated closer to the festival once events are scheduled. 

Before Festival
Courses & Workshops

We will soon release more information about the courses and workshop planned a few days before the Festival that will be happening in the area. 

You could also consider a trip to Banff or Jasper.

Early arrival
16:00 Thursday July the 11th

We will be welcoming the first arrivals to the Calvacade Group campground. Pitch your tent, come hang out at camp, go a first orientation tour and take a look around.

Check in
7:00 Friday July the 12th

Paperwork including waivers.

Orientation &
safety briefing
8:00 Friday July the 12th

Discussion about common practice and techniques, and important safety information specific to the area. Here, groups will be formed and prepare to go out for the day.

3 Days
3 Canyons

Check this page out again later as we will publish a canyon list prior to the event. 

So far we have listed 6 to 10 stunning canyons that should be at their optimal water levels at this time of the year.

Every day groups will be formed according to skills and preferences to go and explore different canyons.

After the Festival

You will be perfectly situated between Banff and Jasper National Parks where there is so much to see and do -  climbing, hiking, viaferrata, kayaking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing!

A bit of background

Joe Storm was the first to introduce the Canyon rendez-vous tradition in Canada, hosting two of them in Jasper National Park in 2017 and 2018 helped by some of local pioneers of this sport: Greg Horn, John Paul Kors, Dave Kreizenbeck, Kathleen Graham and a few others.

In 2019, Joe partnered up with Guillaume Coupier to host the third edition in the Abraham Lake area with the same crew.

In 2024, after a long pause due to Covid and other circumstances, Rick Green, president of the American Canyoneering Association has joined us in inviting you to three days of canyon fun back to where it all began!

General important information

  • The closest international airport is YYC Calgary. Car rentals are fully booked early summer and buses are not coming up to Abraham Lake. read more in transportation section.
  • There are no grocery store in the area. Depending on where you are driving from, we strongly recommend stopping in Calgary, Canmore, Golden, Rocky mountain House or Hinton before driving to the Festival.
  • There are no gas stations on the icefield parkway beside the Saskatchewan crossing. David Thompson resort is the closest gas station/restaurant/Hotel/convenient store.
  • Cell Coverage is limited or inexistant in the area, plan to enter GPS information living Lake Louise, Jasper, or Nordegg depending on where you will be driving from. Here is a map with Cell coverage zones: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1L1Bn63Kgg_w9-GtnVPrJ3GqVsjmkR-Y&usp=sharing

Transportation

Most attendees are expected to drive their vehicles to canyon trailheads. We know though that some will be flying and may not find a rental vehicle and so we will have a passenger van to help and we will create a chat group for those willing to carpool (please specify in the google registration form). Know that if you want to travel throughout the area outside of the festival you will probably need a vehicle. 

Public transportation is very limited here and can quickly become very expensive. 

Accommodation options

You can camp with us at the Calvacade Group Campground which will also be our staging area. It has very minimal infrastructure and we understand that you may want a bit more comfort in the evening – perhaps a shower at some point?! Here is a great webpage with some of the accommodation options in the area. David Thompson resort is the closest and the most convenient.

https://explorenordegg.ca/guide/cabins-cottages-hostels-and-motels/

Our campsite only have outhouse, a large picnic shelter and water station. We will be setting up tarps, a wall tent, tables, propane fire pit, etc. but comfort is minimal.

Talks, workshop & other activities

We will release more information at a later time.

If you would like to collaborate or have suggestion please reach out as early as possible. We are happy to reserve time slots for related subjects / disciplines and help out the best we can to facilitate any discussions, workshops or other activities.

Meeting point

What do you need to bring?

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Rappelling device
  • Ascending device
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • 1 non locking carabiner
  • Static rope (60 meter)
  • Rope bag
  • Dry Bag
  • First aid
  • Backpack
  • Water Bottles or Bladder (1-2 liters per person per day)
  • Canyon or approach or Hiking shoes for water environment
  • 5mm Wetsuit or Drysuit

Shuttle Option

On demand and based on availability. Please contact us if you need a pickup. 

We can transport from Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Field and Golden.

Able to help out?

Please don’t hesitate to offer your help. These Fests’ are fun but a bit of work to host, so your help is definitely needed and will be greatly appreciated. Please send us an email at info@westcanyon.ca

Cancellation Policy

Your payment is non-refundable, non-transferable & may not be re-sold. No exceptions.