On a three day, fishing excursion, this is as ‘touristy’ as it gets before the fly rods come out again. Ram River Falls is located in Ram Falls Provincial Park and is accessible from the Forestry Truck Road. Approximately 325km from Calgary, this park is home to a stunning gorge and a 20 meter high waterfall on the Ram River. The campground whose 54 sites were largely unoccupied during our visit would surely be full for the coming long weekend.
Ram Range is home to a large population of bighorn sheep which can often be seen right on the park trails. This visit was no exception. Our first sheep was seen within a two minute walk of our truck and was immediately followed by another 4 sheep. They are used to visitors and seem to pose for pictures.
The trails from the parking lot lead to various camp sites, a day use site and of course, the Ram Falls lookout. A long, steep staircase built down the crest of a ridge leads to a deck overlooking the gorge. This long flight of stairs is not for those with a fear of heights! Once at the lookout the vantage affords a stunning view of the falls and a downstream look at the Ram River carving its way through a deep canyon. After taking in the view and begin to walk back up the stairs you begin to appreciate the full extent of the climb back out. The staircase climb is not exactly hard but depending on energy levels and temperature, one may have to plan in a rest stop or two before you are back at the top of the canyon. It is, however well worth the effort.