Sunset + Ice Bubbles Photo Tour

An Abraham Lake photo adventure
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Catch the magic of the sun setting on Abraham Lake. This tour is all about ice, from the famous bubbles to quirky ice features, you'll get to spend the afternoon exploring the area with your guide.

This tour has a flexible itinerary that we customize to your group, based on what you love to photograph. We make sure that you get to the best spots and all the details are taken care of so that you can get the shots you want. Since we focus on finding great locations, this tour can be tailored for camera phone photographers and professionals alike.

A picnic lunch, ice cleats, a professional guide, and transportation are all included.

Highlights

  • Experience David Thompson Country in its most magical season.
  • Photograph the famous ice bubbles on Abraham Lake.
  • Get to the best spots for pictures along 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 snowshoe or hiking experience required. This tour can be customized for all levels of photographers, from camera phones to professionals.

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Photography / Ice Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Hiking Distance: 1-2 km
  • Elevation Gain: ~50m
  • Duration: 7+ hours

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

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

The Experience

Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles

There's plenty of time to get the shot of the ice bubbles you've been looking for. Depending on the day, we might go to Preacher's Point, Cline Landing, Belly of Abraham or Hoodoo Creek to look for some neat ice formations.

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.

Great Scenery

The scenery alone is worth the trip to Abraham Lake. We'll have plenty of opportunities to get the composition just right as we explore the area.

Stops along the way to Allstones Cove, Windy Point and the Kootenay Plains let us get a different perspective.

The Sunset

The last portion of the day is spent in the Abraham Slabs area, catching the sunset and alpenglow.

We take our time, finding spots that catch our eye and get lost in the moment as the light changes as the sun moves behind the mountains.

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. The start of the tours varies based on the time of the year.

Departure Time

Date Red Deer Rocky Mountain House Nordegg Abraham Lake Lake Louise
December 8 am 9 am 10 am 10:30 am 9 am
January 8:30 am 9:30 am 10: 30 am 11 am 9:30 am
February 9:30 am 10:30 am 11:30 am 12 pm 10:30 am
March 1-9 10 am 11 am 12 pm 12:30 pm 11 am
March 10-31 11 am 12 pm 1 pm 1:30 pm 12 pm

Approximate Return Time

Date Lake Louise Abraham Lake Nordegg Rocky Mountain House Red Deer
December 7 pm 5:30 pm 6 pm 7 pm 8 pm
January 7:30 pm 6 pm 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 8:30 pm
February 8:30 pm 7 pm 7:30 pm 8:30 pm 9:30 pm
March 1-9 9 pm 7:30 pm 8 pm 9 pm 10 pm
March 10-31 10 pm 8:30 pm 9 pm 10 pm 11 pm

Pickup Locations

Red Deer

  • 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

Nordegg

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

Lake Louise

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

Meet your guide at Abraham Lake

  • 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.

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, cameras, 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 an extended period of time on Abraham Lake for an ice walk and photography. Other tours include other activities like snowshoeing, sightseeing and winter hiking.

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 13 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.