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Heli Snowshoe + Ice Bubbles Adventure

See the region from a unique perspective
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The ultimate Abraham Lake experience: a sightseeing flight + an alpine snowshoe tour + an ice walk on the ice bubbles!

Take a flight from the Rockies Heli Canada base located between Nordegg and Saskatchewan River Crossing on the shores of Abraham Lake. Your sightseeing adventure takes you into the Cline River valley, toward the majestic Minster Mountain, glaciers and stunning lakes.

Stop at an alpine lake during your flight for a snowshoe experience like no others. Head up in the deep snow to a lookout overlooking the valley, surrounded by peaks. After lunch at the base, head out for an ice walk on Abraham Lake to see the famous ice bubbles.

Located along Abraham Lake, these tours are a great way to get an introduction to the area, see incredible sights and explore off the beaten track.

Highlights

  • Experience the classic views of David Thompson Country from a different perspective.
  • Explore remote areas, taking in the sights of mountains, waterfalls and glaciers.
  • Head out on the frozen waters of Abraham Lake to see the ice bubbles.

Perfect for: Those looking to see some of the most iconic locations in the region.

This day trip is open to all ability levels, whether you are a beginner and or an expert. Please note that there may be extra charges for guests over 250 lbs or who can't physically fit in the seat provided.

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Sightseeing / Snowshoeing / Ice Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Hiking Distance: 1-2 km
  • Duration: 5+ hours

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

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

The Adventure

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This tour requires 2 days' advance notice to book online. Looking for something sooner? Give us a call at 403 986-6190.

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The Details

When and where does the tour start?

Meet your guide at the Rockies Heli Canada base in Cline River

  • Start time varies and will be confirmed based on availability. You must arrive at the base at least 15 minutes prior to the start time for your tour.
  • Check-in with Rockies Heli Canada at their base located in Cline River (get directions)

When booking your tour select a preferred start time. You will be assigned a flight time during this block based on availability. If you have a preferred departure time please indicate it on the booking form and we will try our best to accommodate.

Tours are not private and you will be matched with other guests for the tour. Contact us if you would like to arrange a private tour.

Return time varies based on the group and conditions but the tour is approximately 5 to 6 hours depending on the flight selected.

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

Weather Cancellations

You must confirm your departure the morning of the tour directly with Rockies Heli Canada at 1-888-844-3514. In the event of bad weather, your tour may be re-scheduled directly with the operator or refunded by contacting us.

COVID Protocols

Guests and staff who have COVID-19 symptoms, as described in the latest Alberta Health Daily Checklist are not permitted on tours or at the Nordegg Canteen.

The current guidance requires us to apply the Restriction Exemption Program (REP) to all in-scope activities we offer, including guided outdoor recreation. As a result, we are requiring proof of vaccination for all guests on tours.

In addition to proof of vaccination, we continue to adapt our tours to reduce risks while providing a great experience for all. This includes:

  • Offering more self-drive options where you will meet your guide at the trailhead or convoy with your guide from the meeting location to the trailhead.
  • Offering bus transportation only to private groups under certain circumstances (all tours except for the Explorer Series are private tours).In all cases, masks must be worn when inside our vehicles, hands must be sanitized upon entry and you must use the same seat for the duration of the tour.
  • Meals and hot chocolate will be served by the guide or will be provided in individual packaging. There will be no shared snacks or lunch spreads this season.

Proof of Vaccination

Albertans must use the vaccine record with a QR code. A valid photo ID is required for guests 18 and older.

Proof of vaccination from First Nations, other provinces and the Canadian Armed Forces are accepted. International visitors must provide the proof of vaccination that was used to enter the country along with their passport.

Alternatively, we may accept proof of negative test or medical exemption letter that meets all of the requirements established by the government.

Children under the age of 12 are not required to show proof of vaccination, negative test or medical exemption.

As of November 1 and after discussions with Alberta Health Services, implementing the Restriction Exemption Program (REP) for all of our tours and at the Nordegg Canteen is the best option for us to continue operations. We appreciate that applying the REP to some of our activities, like outdoor tours where physical distancing is easily maintained, may seem excessive. Implementation of the REP is an all-or-nothing option and we cannot apply the program to certain portions of our operations while not applying it to other activities that are deemed in-scope under the current public health orders. Since the REP is the only option for much of our operations, we have to apply it to all tours and cannot make exemptions for guests or groups only looking to join outdoor tours.

You can find out more about our COVID protocols and safety on our tours here.

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
  • A winter jacket and snow pants
  • Tuque and gloves
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather including long underwear
  • An extra sweater
  • A water bottle
  • A small backpack

Recommended Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Comfy shoes for the drive home

What's Included?

  • This flight, snowshoe tour (including snowshoes) and lunch are provided by Rockies Heli Canada.
  • The ice walk is provided by Nordegg Adventures. 

What's Not Included

  • Souvenir photos, custom stops, transportation to the heliport or any other special requests.
  • Appropriate clothes and footwear for the weather conditions.
  • Water bottles, cameras, and a backpack.

 

What kind of lunch and snacks are included?

Lunch is served at the Rockies Heli base and typically includes soup, sandwiches and dessert. 

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?

The group size is usually 4 to 6 passengers depending on the helicopter used.

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 1+ km in a variety of conditions. This tour is recommended for those 6 and older.

What are the terms and conditions?

Please note that guests over 250 lbs and guests that are not able to physically fit into the seat provided may be charged for an additional seat. You will be required to pay that fee directly to the operator prior to the flight.

The Operator Levy is an additional fee charged by Rockies Heli Canada as a tourism marketing fee and carbon tax fee.

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.

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.