Icefalls Adventure

Explore the Cline River Canyon
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Morning Tour

  • Departure: 10:30
  • Return: 13:00

Afternoon Tour

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

Head out for a snowshoe or winter hike through the lodgepole pine forest as we make our way to a viewpoint overlooking the Cline River Canyon. We'll then make our way down into the canyon, walking along a frozen creek to the gallery, a section of a canyon surrounded by icefalls and popular with ice climbers.

Snowshoes and/or ice cleats, a professional guide and 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.
  • 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 snowshoeing experience required.

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Snowshoeing / Winter Hiking
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Hiking Distance: 4 km
  • Elevation Gain: ~50m
  • Duration: 2.5 hours

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

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

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 3 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 minutes to an hour each way, with lots of stops for pictures along the way.

When there isn't enough snow for snowshoeing, this turns into a fun winter hike.

The Hot Chocolate

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

Curious about the food? Check out The Nordegg Provisions Co. 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 10:30 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: 1:00 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.

COVID Procedures

This is a private tour, for your group only. Transportation is in your personal vehicle.

Some of the precautions we are taking:

  • You'll be assigned snowshoes and hiking poles for the duration of the tour. All equipment is sanitized between tours.
  • 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
  • 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 and/or snowshoes 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 Rocky Mountain House 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 3+ 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 the Nordegg Canteen or give us a call at 403 986-6190.

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