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Icefalls Winter Hike

Explore the Cline River Canyon
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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 and marshmallows are all included. 

Looking for a full-day adventure that includes the ice bubbles? The Icefalls + Ice Bubbles tour includes this tour along with an Abraham Lake Ice Walk and lunch.

Highlights

  • Experience David Thompson Country in its most magical season.
  • Take in the beauty of the ice-covered walls of the Cline River Canyon.

Perfect for: Those looking to slow down and take in the beauty of the region.

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Snowshoeing / Winter Hiking
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Hiking Distance: 4-5 km
  • Elevation Gain: ~55m
  • Duration: 2.5 hours

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

Available daily at 9:30 am and 12:30 pm from mid-November to mid-March. The early and late season tour follows a modified itinerary.

The Adventure

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The Details

When and where does the tour start?

Meet your guide at Abraham Lake

  • The morning tour starts at 9:30 am and the afternoon tour starts at 12:30 pm.
  • You will meet your guide at the Rockies Heli Canada base (get directions).

Return time varies based on the group and conditions but you can expect to be back around:

  • Morning tour: 12:00 pm
  • Afternoon tour: 3 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 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?

  • We provide ice cleats 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.

What's Not Included

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

 

What kind of snacks are 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 usually provided for this tour. Contact us if you would like to arrange transportation for your group.

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 4+ km in a variety of conditions. This tour is recommended for those 6 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.

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.