Sunset + Ice Bubbles Photo Tour

An Abraham Lake photo adventure
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Capture the frozen beauty of the region, from the snowy peaks to the sunset on the ice bubbles of Abraham Lake.

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 that 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.

The typical itinerary starts with a couple of hours of exploring the area surrounding Abraham Lake before heading out on the ice with plenty of time to get ready for the sunset colours.

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


  • Experience Alberta's West Country in its most magical season.
  • Photograph the famous ice bubbles on Abraham Lake.
  • Get to the best spots for pictures along Abraham Lake.

Perfect for: 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

Available daily from mid-November to early March. The start time varies within the season based on the sunset time.

You have the option of meeting your guide at the Nordegg Canteen or Abraham Lake for this tour.

The Adventure

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The Details

When and where does the tour start?

You have the option of meeting your guide at Abraham Lake or at the Nordegg Canteen for this tour. We recommend starting in Nordegg if you are unfamiliar with the region.

Meet your guide at the Nordegg Canteen

  • The tour starts at:
    • November 15 to January 15: 11 am
    • January 16 to February 10: 11:30 am
    • February 1 to March 1: 12 pm
  • You will meet your guide at the Nordegg Canteen (get directions).

Meet your guide at Abraham Lake

  • The afternoon tour starts at:
    • November 15 to January 15: 11:30 am
    • January 16 to February 10: 12 pm
    • February 1 to March 1: 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 this tour typically takes 7.5 hours from Nordegg and 6.5 hours from Abraham Lake.

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
  • 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

Photography Equipment

These tours are private tours for your group only. We can adapt this tour for phone cameras or for those using higher-end equipment. Each guest is responsible for bringing and knowing how to operate the camera and equipment they will be using on the tour.

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.
  • Lunch, snacks and hot chocolate.
  • Guides carry emergency equipment, including first aid kits and 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 lunch and snacks are included?

Lunch for this adventure is served picnic-style and includes a hearty soup or sandwich, veggies and dips, juice, and dessert. 

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

A hot breakfast sandwich from the Nordegg Canteen is available as an add-on for tours starting in Nordegg. We're not open yet when this tour starts but if you request it with your booking we'll have your breakfast ready when you check-in.

Please make sure to mention any dietary requirements when you book your adventure and we will try to accommodate them whenever possible.

What kind of transportation is provided?

Transportation is not provided for this tour.

Transportation from Nordegg is available as an add-on for this tour. It must be added to your reservation at the time of booking, contact us if you have any questions.

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?

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.