Abraham Lake Ice Walk

Half Day Winter Tour
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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 some 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, hot chocolate and a professional guide are all included.

Your Adventure

Highlights

  • Experience David Thompson Country in its most magical season.
  • See the famous ice bubbles on Abraham Lake.
  • Learn about the natural and human history of the area.

Perfect for: Anybody looking for a fun day playing outside.

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 open to all ages.

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Ice Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Hiking Distance: 1-2 km
  • Elevation Gain: ~10m
  • Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
  • Departure: Abraham Lake

Available daily from December to late March. Early and late season tour follow a modified itinerary.

The Experience

Preacher's Point Ice Walk

The methane bubbles are quite different in various parts of the Abraham Lake. Preacher's Point is a popular spot with Ex Coelis Mountain making a great background.

The bubbles here tend to be a little smaller, with the thinner ice resting on the rocky bottom of the North Saskatchewan River providing all kind of quirky ice features.

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

Abraham Lake Ice Walk

Our next stop is on Abraham Lake, where the ice is deeper and stacks of bubbles are abundant. The bubbles here are larger with the deeper lake giving that dark turquoise backdrop to your pictures.

The bubbles in this location are usually visible from late December to mid-March with the best time to visit being January. Even when they are not visible, the area makes for a great stop with amazing views and quirky ice features.

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.

2018/19 Rates

  • 1 Adult: $320
  • 2 Adults: $160
  • 3 Adults: $106.67
  • 4 Adults: $80
  • 5-12 Adults: $70

Rates are per person, for adults (13+). Kids 12 & under are free.

Guides, hot chocolate, ice cleats and activities are all included. Transportation from Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Nordegg or Lake Louise is available as an add-on.

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 meetup with others for a fun adventure starting at $70 per person.

This tour is part of the full day Icefalls + Ice Bubbles and the Crescent Falls + Ice Bubbles tours offered as part of The Explorer Series.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

The Details

When and where does the tour start?

The morning tours starts at Abraham Lake at 10 am and the afternoon tour starts at 1:30 pm. We will forward you directions to meeting spot closer to your tour.

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

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.

What's Not Included

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

What kind of snack is included?

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

Food service is not available at Abraham Lake in the winter. The nearest restaurant is in Nordegg.

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?

This tour does not include transportation, unless booked as an add-on.

 

Transportation is available from Red Deer or Rocky Mountain House for both the morning and afternoon tour.

Add-on Rates

  • 1 Guest: $120
  • 2 Guests: $60 per person
  • 3 Guests: $40 per person
  • 4 to 7 Guests: $30 per person
  • 8 to 9 Guests: $25 per person
  • 10 to 12 Guests: $20 per person

Rates are in addition to the regular tour rates.

Transportation is available from Nordegg for both the afternoon tour. The tour will start in Nordegg at 1:30 pm and return to Nordegg at 5:30 pm.

Add-on Rates

  • 1 Guest: $70
  • 2 Guests: $35 per person
  • 3 Guests: $25 per person
  • 4 to 7 Guests: $20 per person
  • 8 to 9 Guests: $15 per person
  • 10 to 12 Guests: $10 per person

Rates are in addition to the regular tour rates.

 

Is transportation available from Lake Louise?

Transportation from Lake Louise is not included but is available as an add-on.

Departure times can be arranged on your schedule from Lake Louise. Allow for 2 hours from Lake Louise to Abraham Lake and 2 hours to return to Lake Louise after the tour.

Add-on Rates

  • 1 Guest: $330
  • 2 Guests: $165 per person
  • 3 Guests: $110 per person
  • 4 Guests: $80 per person
  • 5 Guests: $70 per person
  • 6 t 7 Guests: $60 per person
  • 8 to 9 Guests: $50 per person
  • 10 to 12 Guests: $40 per person

Rates are in addition to the regular tour rates.

Lake Louise departures require a minimum of 7 days advance notice.

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

This tour includes a 1.5 to 2 hours on the ice at of the best spots in the Abraham Lake area.

The Crescent Falls + Ice Bubbles and the Icefalls + Ice Bubbles tours includes similar afternoon ice walk on Abraham Lake but with different morning stops.

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?

The standard group size is 1 guide with up to 12 guests for this tour. Contact us if you are planning for a group of 13 or more guests.

This tour is recommended for those 8 or 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.

Waiver

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

Please review our complete terms & conditions prior to booking.

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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 Capstone at Riverlands, near the trails of Waskasoo Park and Downtown Red Deer. Stop by to plan your next adventure, rent the gear you need and grab a bite with friends. 

While you're in the neighbourhood make sure to check out some of our great neighbours like Wild Brewing Co, Purearth Organics, DOSE Coffee and Troubled Monk Brewery.

You'll find us at #10 5579 47 Street in Cronquist Business Park.

Hours

  • Monday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Wednesday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Thursday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Friday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

We're open for check-in 10 minutes prior to departure for all tours.

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