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Ice Walk Photo Tour

Call 403 986-6190 or email bookings@nordeggadventures.ca for more info

Activity

Photography + Ice Walk

Adventure Level

Easy 1-2 km walk

Meeting Location

Cline River

Duration

2.5 hours

Availability

Daily

Season

November to Mid-March

Head out for an adventure in search of ice bubbles

Our classic Abraham Lake Ice Walk with more time for capturing the magic of the ice bubbles at either sunrise or sunset.

Your guide will take you to one 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, Abraham Slabs and Hoodoo Creek are some of our favourites for this tour. Since we focus on finding great locations, this tour can be tailored for camera phone photographers and professionals alike.

Ice cleats, a professional guide and our own made-from-scratch hot chocolate and marshmallows are all included. You will be meeting your guide at Abraham Lake for this tour.

Why book This Tour?

  • See the famous ice bubbles and features of Abraham Lake in the Canadian Rockies.
  • Go with a local guide who knows the best and safest spots.
  • Photograph the famous ice bubbles on Abraham Lake.
  • Get to the best spots for pictures along Abraham Lake.
  • This tour can be customized for all levels of photographers, from camera phones to professionals.

Meeting Time & Place

Meet your guide at the Rockies Heli Canada base at Cline River. Get directions

The morning tour starts at:

  • November 15 to January 15: 7:30 am
  • January 16 to February 10: 7 am
  • February 11 to March 1: 6:30 am

The afternoon tour starts at:

  • November 15 to January 15: 3:30 pm
  • January 16 to February 10: 4 pm
  • February 11 to March 1: 4:30 pm
Getting here From Nordegg

It’s a scenic 30 minutes drive from Nordegg heading west on Highway 11.

Getting here From Lake Louise

It’s a scenic 1.5 hour drive from Lake Louise heading north on Highway 93 and then east on Highway 11. Please note that winter tires are mandatory on Highway 93.


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Trip Details

  • Meeting Time & Place
  • What to Bring
  • What’s Included
  • Snacks
  • Booking Terms

Meet your guide at the Rockies Heli Canada base at Cline River. Get directions

The morning tour starts at:

  • November 15 to January 15: 7:30 am
  • January 16 to February 10: 7 am
  • February 11 to March 1: 6:30 am

The afternoon tour starts at:

  • November 15 to January 15: 3:30 pm
  • January 16 to February 10: 4 pm
  • February 11 to March 1: 4:30 pm

Return time varies based on the group and conditions. This tour is approximately 2.5 hours from start to finish.

Return Time: Varies based on the group and conditions. This tour is approximately 2.5 hours from start to finish.

The itinerary may change without notice due to the weather and other factors.

Getting here From Nordegg

Before you even meet your guide for the day you’ll get to enjoy the scenic drive from Nordegg to Abraham Lake, making your way through the foothills and the front range of the Canadian Rockies. It’s only a 30-minute drive but we recommend planning for a little extra time, especially with feral horses and bighorn sheep often seen along the highway.

Getting here From Lake Louise

Coming from Lake Louise? The Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) will take you past Bow Lake, Crowfoot Glaciers and many other landmarks before heading east on Highway 11 where you’ll enjoy the North Saskatchewan River valley. It’s less than 1.5 hours to get here from Lake Louise we recommend planning on at least 2 hours so that you get to enjoy the views along the way. Please note that winter tires are mandatory on Highway 93.

We get to play outside on our tours and that means you’ll want to come prepared for the weather. 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 when we’re having fun!

Make sure to dress in layers and come ready for the unpredictable weather we often get in Alberta. Most days are between -15°C and 0°C, but we see anything from -30°C to +10°C on our winter tours. Abraham Lake is a very windy place, bring an extra layer with you just in case.

Make sure to bring with you:

  • Winter boots.
  • A winter jacket and snow pants.
  • Tuque and gloves.
  • Clothing to wear under your snow pants and jacket: for example long underwear and a fleece sweater.
  • Sunglasses.

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.

Included in your tour

  • A professional guide.
  • Ice cleats.
  • Gourmet hot chocolate.
  • Guides carry safety equipment, including satellite communicators on all tours.
Add-Ons

Ice cleats and safety equipment are included during the tour. If you’re planning to explore on your own after the tour you can rent the equipment at a discounted rate for the rest of the day (must be reserved at the time of booking).

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR

  • Appropriate clothes and footwear for the weather conditions.
  • Transportation. Contact us to discuss transportation options from Nordegg, Banff or Lake Louise.
  • Meals and accommodations.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Gratuities are not required but are always appreciated.

Our winter tours wrap up with our homemade hot chocolate and marshmallows.

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

Lunch Add-On

A bagged lunch from the Nordegg Canteen is available as an add-on. Order at the time of booking and your guide will have it for you at the beginning of your tour.

Other Lunch Options

The nearest options for meals in the winter are in Nordegg, 25 minutes down the road from Abraham Lake, where you’ll find our restaurant, the Nordegg Canteen, along with the Miners’ Cafe and the Nordegg Lodge. See our full guide on explorenordegg.ca to find out more

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 and Conditions

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

Please review our complete terms and 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.

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