Getting here is part of the adventure
We could tell you that getting here is easy (it mostly is) or we could play off the fact that we’re off the beaten path (there’s only one highway to get you here). The truth is somewhere in between, but that’s part of the adventure.
You can’t fly directly to Nordegg but we are under 3 hours away from both the Calgary International Airport and the Edmonton International Airport, giving you a lot of options as you plan your approach to Alberta.
Highway 11, connecting the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Parks to Red Deer, is a major highway that is well maintained year-round. It is the only major highway in the region, the question is whether you’ll be visiting us from the east or the west. Our preference, come from the east. You’ll get to enjoy one of the best drives into the Rockies in Alberta. The mountains reveal themselves as you drive through the foothills, building up as you approach Abraham Lake and further on as you drive through the main ranges. That being said, if you’re short on time the drive from Lake Louise to Nordegg is nothing short of spectacular.
Coming from Downtown Calgary, Nordegg is approximately 285 km (3 hours). Our favourite route: head out to Cochrane and drive up the Cowboy Trail (Highway 22) through Sundre, Caroline and Rocky Mountain House. Once you reach Rocky Mountain House we’re only an hour west on the David Thompson Highway (Highway 11).
If you’re heading to Abraham Lake, you have two options. First, take the route above and continue another 20-30 minutes west of Nordegg. The other option is to take Highway 1 to Lake Louise before going north on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) to Saskatchewan River Crossing. From there, Abraham Lake is 20-30 minutes east on the David Thompson Highway (Highway 11). Hoodoo Creek, a popular spot for ice bubbles on Abraham Lake, is the same drive time from Calgary whether you take the Icefields Parkway or the Cowboy Trail.
A popular option from Calgary is to do the circle route, coming in on the Cowboy Trail before heading back through the Icefields Parkway.
Coming from downtown Edmonton, Nordegg is approximately 300 km (just over 3 hours). The easiest way is to take Highway 2 south to Lacombe. From there take Highway 12 to Rocky Mountain House where you’ll take the David Thompson Highway (Highway 11) west to Nordegg.
From Banff and Lake Louise
From Banff, take Highway 1 to Lake Louise. From there, follow the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) to Saskatchewan River Crossing. Driving east on the David Thompson Highway (Highway 11) you’ll first pass Abraham Lake before reaching Nordegg.