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Explorer Series: Icefalls + Ice Bubbles

Sunday, March 7 2021 | 9:30 am to 4 pm
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Winter in David Thompson Country is magical. This tour takes you to two of our favourite spots: the ice bubbles of Abraham Lake and the narrow canyon of the Cline River.

Our day starts with a snowshoe or winter hike (depending on the snow conditions) to the Cline River Canyon with its ice-covered walls. After lunch, we're heading out on Abraham Lake for an ice walk in search of the ice bubbles and quirky ice features.

A picnic lunch from the Nordegg Canteen, hiking poles, snowshoe rentals (if needed), ice cleats and a professional guide are all included.

Pick an upcoming trip, come on your own or bring a few friends along. It's that easy!

Highlights

  • Experience David Thompson Country in its most magical season.
  • See the famous ice bubbles on Abraham Lake.
  • Snowshoe on an easy trail in a scenic area.
  • Enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains, away from the crowds.

Perfect for: Anybody looking for a fun day playing outside. No prior snowshoe or hiking experience required.

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Snowshoeing / Ice Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
  • Hiking Distance: 4-5 km
  • Elevation Gain: ~50m
  • Duration: 6+ hours

The Experience

The Cline River Canyon

After a walk through the forest with glimpses of Abraham Lake in the distance, we come up to the edge of the narrow Cline River Canyon.

The dry climate in the area makes the icefalls on the edges of the canyon a popular ice climbing area and the views from the canyon floor particularly stunning. As one of our guests put it: "this is the place I didn't know was on my bucket list".

Fans of Mary Shaffer's writing will know this area by an older name, Cataract Creek. Officially the river is named after Michel Klyne, the postmaster at Jasper House in the 1820's, who used this route to trade fur on the Kootenay Plains.

Snowshoeing

The trail to the canyon is an easy to moderate snowshoe with 4 short but steeper hills along the way. The snowshoes you'll use are designed for trails and low snow or icy conditions, with crampons built into them. Your guide will share some tips on how to use the snowshoes along the way, making going up and down the hills a breeze.

We'll be snowshoeing for 45 to 60 minutes each way, with lots of stops for pictures along the way.

When the snow levels are low we'll be putting on micro-spikes instead and heading out for a winter hike.

Abraham Lake Ice Walk

After lunch, we're heading out on Abraham Lake for an ice walk. With the methane bubbles under our feet and amazing peaks surrounding us, the afternoon goes by fast in a winter wonderland.

You'll wear ice cleats as we make our way onto the frozen lake with your guide taking you to some of the best and safest spots in the area.

The Food

You'll never leave hungry from one of our tours. Lunch and snacks vary based on the day but you'll find some delicious food from local producers as well as our own made-from-scratch baked goods and more.

After the ice walk, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate along with housemade marshmallows.

Curious about the food? Stop by the Nordegg Canteen to find out more.

The Details

When and where does the tour start?

Meet your guide at 9:30 am at the Nordegg Canteen

Return time varies based on the group and conditions but you can expect to be back around 4 pm.

The itinerary may change without notice due to the weather and other factors. Our goal is to always provide the best possible experience.

COVID Procedures

Some of the precautions we are taking:

  • You'll be assigned ice cleats and snowshoes for the duration of the tour. All equipment is sanitized between tours.
  • This is a self-driven tour. You will follow your guide in your own vehicle.
  • On this tour, we can easily maintain physical distances at all times.
  • Hot chocolate is served by your guide, no shared food offered this season.
  • Any guests must abstain from participating if they have any of the symptoms or exposure risks identified by Alberta Health Services. The same applies to all of our guides.

What do I need to bring?

Be prepared for the mountain weather. Conditions can change quickly and our winter tours run in anything from - 30C to +10C. Abraham Lake is a very windy place, bring an extra layer with you just in case.

Required Items

  • Winter boots
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather including long underwear
  • A winter jacket and snow pants
  • An extra sweater
  • Tuque and gloves
  • A water bottle
  • A small backpack

Recommended Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

We have a limited number of winter boots and snow pants available at no charge. Please let us know your size if you will need boots or pants.

What's Included?

  • We provide ice cleats and snowshoes at no charge for this tour.
  • A professional guide.
  • Lunch and snacks.
  • Guides carry emergency equipment, including first aid kits and cell phone or satellite communicators on all tours.

We have a limited number of winter boots and snow pants available at no charge.

What's Not Included

  • Appropriate clothes and footwear for the weather conditions.
  • Water bottles, cameras, and a backpack.

 

What kind of transportation is provided?

Transportation is not provided for this tour.

What's the group size?

The maximum number of guests on this tour is 8 in order to comply with the current public health directives for outdoor recreation.

This day trip is open to all ability levels, whether you are a beginner and or an expert. You must be comfortable walking 4+ km in a variety of conditions. This tour is recommended for those 13 and older.

What kind of lunch is included?

Lunch includes a sandwich, snacks, dessert and a juice box.

Hot chocolate is available with dairy or coconut milk. Tea is available as well.

Please make sure to mention any dietary requirements when you book your adventure and we will try to accommodate whenever possible.

What are the terms and conditions?

Advance Booking

This tour requires bookings to be made at least 2 day prior to departure. Please contact us at (403) 986-6190 for a last-minute booking.

Cancellation Policy

All bookings are non-refundable but we will offer you a credit for a future adventure if you cancel a minimum of 72 hours prior to departure.

Terms & Conditions

Waivers are required for all participants. You can review the waiver here.

Please review our complete terms & conditions prior to booking.

The itinerary may change without notice due to the weather and other factors. Our goal is to always provide the best possible experience.

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A Few More Things To Know

Each Explorer Series tour has a minimum number of participants required for the tour to be offered, typically between 2 and 6 guests. If the tour you chose doesn't have enough interest we'll let you know the day before the tour and issue you a full refund or a credit for a future tour, your choice.

We get to play outside on our tours and that means you’ll want to come prepared for the weather. Make sure to dress in layers and come prepared for the unpredictable weather we often get in Alberta. We rarely cancel tours due to weather, as long as we can have a safe adventure. You’ll be amazed at how warm we get snowshoeing at -20C or how much fun hiking in the rain can be!

Need help with your booking or have a few more questions? Stop by the Nordegg Canteen or give us a call at 403 986-6190.

Details

Date:
Sunday, March 7
Time:
09:30 - 16:00
Cost:
$110
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Pursuit Adventures
4 Stuart Street
Nordegg, Alberta T0M 2H0 Canada
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