Crescent Falls + Ice Bubbles Tour

Explore a frozen waterfall and Abraham Lake
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Red Deer

  • Departure: 7:30
  • Return: 18:30

Nordegg

  • Departure: 9:30
  • Return: 16:00

Abraham Lake

  • Departure: 10:00
  • Return: 15:45

Lake Louise

  • Departure: 8:30 
  • Return: 17:00

Explore some of the most amazing landscapes in Alberta. This tour combines the double waterfalls at Crescent Falls with an afternoon exploring the ice bubbles of Abraham Lake.

The adventure starts with a short walk to the frozen Crescent Falls where you can take in the views from the lookout or if you're feeling more adventurous follow your guide down to the plateau between the falls. You'll then get to spend the afternoon on an Abraham Lake ice walk taking in the sights of the ice bubbles, quirky ice features and surrounding peaks.

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

Highlights

  • Experience David Thompson Country in its most magical season.
  • See the famous ice bubbles on Abraham Lake.
  • Discover one of the most popular waterfalls in the 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: Sightseeing / Ice Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy (moderate for lower viewpoint access)
  • Hiking Distance: 1-2 km
  • Elevation Gain: ~55m
  • Duration: 6+ hours

Departures from Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Nordegg, Abraham Lake and Lake Louise

Available daily from December to mid-March. Early and late season tours follow a modified itinerary.

The Experience

Crescent Falls

The double waterfalls on the Bighorn River are impressive all year but there's something special about seeing them covered in ice.

The adventure starts with the drive from the David Thompson Highway on a winding gravel road to the Crescent Falls upper staging area. The road is closed from there for the winter, leaving us to put on ice cleats to make it down the sometimes icy road to the viewpoint at the top of the falls.

At the falls you'll have the option of taking in the views from the lookout above, or for those interested we'll make our way down a steeper hill to the plateau between the two falls.

Lower Viewpoint

The classic shots of the falls are from the plateau between the two waterfalls. Getting there is a little bit of an adventure involving a short but steep hill.

While we think the views are worth the effort, we know that this part is not for everybody. Your guide will help you down and if you're uncomfortable you'll still get to enjoy some amazing sights from above.

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 as even better sights await us along the way.

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, soups and more.

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?

We offer departures at multiple locations throughout Central Alberta and Lake Louise.

 Red Deer - 7:30 am

  • Meet your guide at Pursuit Adventures' Basecamp + Cafe. Get Directions >
  • Hotel pickup available at the Holiday Inn Express Red Deer North and the Black Knight Inn.

Rocky Mountain House - 8:30 am

Nordegg - 9:30 am

  • Shell Gas Station. Get Directions >
  • Contact us to arrange pickup from a cabin or the hostel in Nordegg.

Lake Louise - 8:30 am

  • Samson Mall.
  • Hotel pickup is available at the Chateau Lake Louise.

Meet your guide at Abraham Lake - 10:00 am

  • 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:

  • Abraham Lake: 3:45 pm
  • Nordegg: 4:00 pm
  • Rocky Mountain House: 5:30 pm
  • Red Deer: 6:30 pm
  • Lake Louise: 5:00 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 hiking poles, ice cleats and snowshoes at no charge for this tour.
  • A professional guide.
  • Gourmet lunch and 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, camera and backpack.

 

What kind of lunch is included?

Lunch for this adventure is served picnic-style and include a hearty soup, bread, veggies and dips, juice, and dessert.

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 for groups of 4 or fewer guests will usually be offered in an SUV or minivan.

Transportation for groups of 5 to 12 guests will be provided in a full-size passenger van or 16 passenger bus.

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

This tour includes a 60 to 90 minutes ice walk at of the best spots in the Abraham Lake area combined with a walk to Crescent Falls.

The Icefalls + Ice Bubbles tour includes a similar afternoon ice walk on Abraham Lake but with a 4 km morning snowshoe or winter hike.

The half-day Ice Bubbles tour includes a similar ice walk to the afternoon portion of this tour.

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.

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 2+ 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