Abraham Lake Ice Walk

Head out for an adventure in search of ice bubbles
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Abraham Lake Morning Tour

  • Departure: 10:00
  • Return: 12:30 

Abraham Lake Afternoon Tour

  • Departure: 13:30
  • Return: 16:00

Head out for an ice walk on Abraham Lake in search of the methane bubbles that have made the area famous.

Your guide will take you to one of the best spots on the lake for ice bubbles and quirky ice formations. Where we go depends on the conditions but Preacher's Point, BATUS Camp, Belly of Abraham and Hoodoo Creek are some of our favourites for this tour.

Ice cleats, a professional guide and our own made-from-scratch hot chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers are all included. You will be meeting your guide at Abraham Lake for this tour.

Highlights

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

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

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Ice Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Hiking Distance: 1-2 km
  • Elevation Gain: ~10m
  • Duration: 2.5 hours

You will be meeting your guide at Abraham Lake for this tour.

Available daily from December to mid-March. The early and late season tour follows a modified itinerary.

The Experience

The Ice Walk

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 methane bubbles are quite different in various parts of Abraham Lake and your adventure will take you to one of the best options on that day, based on the conditions.

Let us know if you have a particular spot in mind based on photos you've seen or stories you've heard from friends.

The Hot Chocolate

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

Curious about the food? Stop by our Basecamp + Cafe in Red Deer to find out more.

The Explorer Series

Looking to join a scheduled tour instead? The Explorer Series is a great option when you have 1 to 3 people looking to meet up with others for a fun adventure.

There are no upcoming departures at this time.

The Details

When and where does the tour start?

Meet your guide at Abraham Lake

  • The morning tour starts at 10 am and the afternoon tour starts at 1:30 pm.
  • You will meet your guide at the entrance to David Thompson Resort (get directions). Please note that the resort is closed in the winter and that the nearest services are in Nordegg. The area has limited to no cell services.

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

  • Morning tour: 12:30 pm
  • Afternoon tour: 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.

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
  • Comfy shoes for the drive home

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 at no charge for this tour.
  • A professional guide.
  • Gourmet hot chocolate.
  • 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 snack is included?

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 kind of transportation is provided?

Transportation is not provided for this tour. We recommend one of our full-day tours for guests who require transportation from Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House or Lake Louise.

What's the difference with the other ice bubble tours?

This tour includes an ice walk on Abraham Lake.

The Crescent Falls + Ice Bubbles tour includes a similar afternoon ice walk on Abraham Lake combined with a visit to Crescent Falls in the morning.

The Icefalls + Ice Bubbles tour includes a similar afternoon ice walk on Abraham Lake combined with a snowshoe tour to the Cline River Canyon in the morning.

The Siffleur Falls Winter Hike is a great option for those looking for a more active adventure while still getting a chance to see the bubbles on a shorter ice walk.

The full-day tours include transportation from Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Nordegg, Abraham Lake or Lake Louise.

What's the group size?

This is a private tour available for groups of 1 to 12 guests. Contact us if you are planning for a group of 13 or more guests.

This day trip is open to all ability levels, whether you are a beginner and or an expert. You must be comfortable walking 1+ km in a variety of conditions. This tour is recommended for those 8 and older.

What are the terms and conditions?

Advance Booking

This tour requires bookings to be made at least 2 days 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

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 our Basecamp + Cafe or give us a call at 403 986-6190.

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Come For A Visit

We're located in Nordegg, near Abraham Lake in David Thompson Country. Visit us at our new snack bar, the Nordegg Canteen.

Hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:30 am to 5 pm
  • Thursday: 11:30 am to 5 pm
  • Friday: 11:30 am to 8 pm
  • Saturday: 11:30 am to 8 pm
  • Sunday: 11:30 am to 5 pm

The Nordegg Canteen