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CRESCENT FALLS + ICE BUBBLES

Full Day Winter Tour

Explore some of the most amazing landscapes in Alberta. Start your adventure with a short walk to the frozen Crescent Falls, take in the views from the lookout or if you're feeling more adventurous follow your guide down to the plateau between the falls. Spend the afternoon on Abraham Lake taking in the sights of the ice bubbles, ice features and surrounding mountains.

Lunch, hiking poles, snowshoe rentals (if needed), ice cleats, a professional guide and transportation from Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Nordegg or Cline River are all included.

Highlights

  • Experience the David Thompson Country in its most magical season.
  • Discover one of the most popular waterfall in the area.
  • Enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains, away from the crowds.
  • Learn about the natural and human history of the area.

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

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 13 or older.

Access to the popular area at the base of the upper falls is challenging with a steep trail. Your guide will decide with you whether it is a suitable option on your tour. Guests who choose not to go down can still enjoy great views from the lookout area.

This tour is owned and operated by Pursuit Adventures.

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Snowshoeing
  • Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
  • Distance: 1-2 km
  • Duration: 6+ hours
  • Departure: Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Nordegg or Abraham Lake

Your Adventure

You'll meet your guide at your pickup location - please arrive 10-15 minutes early - where we'll go over the plans for the day before heading out for the tour.

The access to Crescent Falls is down the last hill of the summer road. It's closed for the winter and most days we'll be making our way down the 15 minutes walk with ice cleats. 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.

Our next adventure take us to Abraham Lake where we'll do a visit 2 or 3 of the best spots for ice bubbles.

Itinerary

  • 7:30 am - Red Deer Departure
  • 8:30 am - Rocky Mountain House Departure
  • 9:30 am - Nordegg Departure
  • 10:00 am - Crescent Falls
  • 12:30 pm - Ice Bubbles
  • 4 pm - Nordegg Return
  • 5 pm - Rocky Mountain House Return
  • 6 pm - Red Deer Return

The itinerary may change without notice due to the weather and other factors. Our goal is to always provide the best possible experience.

We will take you to some of the best and safest spot for ice bubbles. Due to changing weather and ice conditions we can't guarantee that the ice will be clear and the bubbles visible.

Availability

Available daily from December to March (weather and ice conditions dependent).

December tours will follow a modified itinerary since Abraham Lake is not usually fully frozen until late in the month.

2018/19 Rates

  • 1 Guest: $520
  • 2 Guests: $260 per person
  • 3 Guests: $173.33 per person
  • 4 Guests: $130 per person
  • 5-8 Guests: $110 per person
  • 9-12 Guests: $100 per person

Small Group Adventures

Looking to join a scheduled tour instead? Small Group Adventures are offered on Saturdays and select dates throughout the season. They’re a great option when you have 1 to 3 people looking to meetup with others for a fun adventure at $110 per person.

The schedule changes often, check out the Small Group Adventures calendar to see when this itinerary is featured.

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The Details

Where to Meet

  • Red Deer: Pursuit Adventures' Basecamp + Cafe: #10 5579 47 Street
  • Rocky Mountain House: Visitor Information Centre
  • Nordegg: Shell Gas Station
  • Cline River: We'll forward you directions closer to the tour.

What to Bring

We recommend that you dress in layers. Even on a cold day you will be getting warmer as we snowshoe and being able to quickly add or remove a layer will allow you to stay comfortable. We ask that you bring a water bottle and a small backpack to carry things like an extra sweater, camera, etc.

We recommend bringing an extra pair of shoes and a sweater to change into for the drive home.

What's Included

  • We provide snowshoes, ice cleats and hiking pole 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 lunch is included? Can special diets be accommodated?

Lunch for this adventure includes the choice of a veggie (hummus, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and green pepper on a Montreal style bagel), Angus beef sandwich (roast beef, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and green pepper with BBQ sauce on a Montreal style bagel) or honey maple turkey sandwich (honey maple turkey, Boursin cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber with deli mustard on a Montreal style bagel), juice box, veggies and hummus, fruits and dessert. Please make sure to mention any dietary requirements when you book your adventure and we will try to accommodate whenever possible.

Group Size

The standard group size is 1 guide with up to 12 guests for this tour. This tour is recommended for those 13 and older. Contact us for options for younger guests.

Transportation varies with the group size and can be in an SUV, mini-van, full size van or small bus depending on the day.

Terms and Conditions

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.

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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