Belly of Abraham + Abraham Slabs

One of the most popular area, especially with photographers

The Belly of Abraham and the Abraham Slabs area are often the busiest places on the lake first thing in the morning with photographers looking to catch the sunrise.

Published on January 11, 2021 | Last updated on October 31, 2022

This has long been one of the most popular areas on Abraham Lake for the ice bubbles given the short and easy access to the lake. It offers great views of Mount Michener and Elliott's Peak along with deeper stacks of bubbles in the turquoise ice.

In 2021 Alberta Environment built a new parking lot at the random camping area known as Abraham Slabs. Many visitors still choose to park along the highway instead of using the parking lot, be careful if you choose this option with traffic moving fast as they come around the corner.

It does get busy but with most visitors staying in the bay at Belly, there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the moment if you're willing to walk a little further.

Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles
Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles

At a Glance

  • Activities: Ice walks, photography, sightseeing
  • Time needed: Plan on at least 60 minutes
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Season: Late December to March
  • Congestion: Moderate to Busy
  • Management: Kiska / Wilson PLUZ

Trailhead: From Nordegg, the Abraham Slabs parking lot is approximately 40 km away travelling west on Highway 11. Coming from Saskatchewan Crossing it is approximately 50 km east on Highway 11. Parking and dry toilets are available.

Ice Safety

We've put together a guide with a few things to consider when you plan your Abraham Lake ice walk to make it a safe adventure.

Head Out With A Guide

All tours and activities bookings are handled by Explore Nordegg & Abraham Lake and tours like these are offered by local partners. Most bookings require a minimum of 2 days' notice, contact us for last-minute options.

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Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles

We all have our part to do to keep this place special. Planning ahead is key to ensuring that we all continue to enjoy adventures in the Nordegg & Abraham Lake region. These are a few of the things you can do to help:

  • Minimize your impact by using existing sites, fire rings and toilets instead of creating your own.
  • Know about current fire bans, make sure that your fire is completely out before you go and buy firewood instead of cutting down trees. Remember that shooting fireworks is not allowed in the region.
  • Keep your site clean and your food stored inside your vehicle to help keep our wildlife wild. Always use bear-proof garbage bins.
  • While alcohol is now permitted in some Alberta Parks day-use areas, none of those are in our region. Alcohol is only allowed at registered campsites.
  • Be mindful of your neighbours and other visitors, including keeping noise to a minimum.
  • Be prepared for adventures in a remote area. Explore within your skills to reduce the strain on our volunteer search and rescue team.
  • Remember that cell service is limited. We recommend carrying a satellite communicator, like a Zoleo, on your adventures.
  • Support local businesses and communities in Cline River, the Bighorn and Nordegg.

Information provided here may be inaccurate or outdated. Always make sure to obtain current information before going on your adventure.

Head Out On Your Own

Sometimes you just want to head out on your own to explore the area. We get it. Here’s our guide for Belly of Abraham and the Abraham Slabs area. You'll find our guides to other ice bubble locations on Abraham Lake here.

Accessing the Ice

There are a few options to access the lake in this area. A popular option is to park along the highway at Belly but we recommend using the new Abraham Slabs parking lot. From the parking lot, walk down through the random camping area to the lake.

Most winters you can drive down and park in the random camping area but make sure that your vehicle will make it back out before you venture down the road.

Ice Bubbles and Ice Features

This area is similar to the nearby Ice Bubbles Parking Lot and Hoodoo creek area with interesting features along the shoreline and amazing backdrops. We always find some great options from this access, especially if we walk a little further and spend some time exploring.

Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles
Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles
Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles
Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles

Safety Considerations

From a safety perspective, the access from the Abraham Slabs is one of the easiest in terms of mitigating risks. The slope is gentle with a gradual transition from shore to lake combined with no creek or rivers entering the lake.

The access from Belly is more challenging and we often see visitors take unnecessary risks in this area. The shoreline has a few gullies where the ice can easily break, increasing the risks of falls causing injuries. Once on the ice, the water source entering the bay from the west causes weak ice combined with an often hidden canyon with steep shores.

The People

All the stories we share are by locals, whether they live here or love our region and contribute to making it an amazing place.

Contributors to this Story:

Contributor

  • JP Fortin

    JP is the Owner + CEO at Nordegg Adventures where he oversees the development of new adventures, guide training, strategic planning, marketing and destination development partnerships.

Conditions and Updates

We share this information to help visitors to the area plan their trip. This represents the conditions we have observed at a specific point in time. Ice safety depends on many more factors than just ice conditions and anybody going on the ice should have the knowledge and experience required to assess the risks, or should consider going with a guide.

Abraham Lake Ice Conditions - December 28 2022

Great conditions almost everywhere but some open water at Belly. The best options are Ice Bubbles Parking Lot and Abraham Slabs.

Abraham Lake Ice Conditions - December 27 2022

The past few days have been very dynamic with temperatures going from -40C to +10C followed by heavy rain. Luckily, the ice conditions are great for the most part.

Abraham Lake Ice Conditions - December 24 2022

Fantastic conditions as we come out of a week of extreme cold.

Abraham Lake Ice Conditions - December 6 2022

Early freeze-up and winter storms make for an exciting week in the region. The bubbles are coming in nicely but make sure you're prepared for the conditions.