Things to Do Travel

Explore Alberta: Visiting the Bubble Lake (Abraham Lake)

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

Last weekend Mike and I took Olive, Artie, and our niece from Vietnam to the famed Bubble Lake three hours south west of Edmonton.

The Bubble Lake (also known as Abraham Lake) became especially popular the last few years as photographers shared photos of the lake’s frozen bubbles online.

Social media did its thing – and before you knew it, Abraham Lake had received international attention – getting coverage in The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, Canadian GeographicPlaces to see in your Lifetime, and Buzzfeed to name just a few.

So it’s been on my list of places to check out for some time now, and we finally drove the three hours to witness the bubble magic ourselves!

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

The Bubble Lake is just off the David Thompson Highway past Rocky Mountain House and the hamlet of Nordegg, if you’re travelling west. You can also get to the lake from Jasper (travelling down southeast on the Icefields Parkway). 

There’s a few places along the highway where you can pull in and actually walk down to the lake, but the most popular and spacious parking spot is called Preacher’s Point (on the very west end of the lake).

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

When we went, there was about six other people parked at Preacher’s Point too!

Since there’s really no other amenities nearby, you know everyone here that day had driven quite aways just for the bubble lake experience. And it was a really cool experience. 

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

The bubbles are actually methane gas, trapped inside the lake.

Apparently it’s highly flammable (but frozen). The methane gas bubbles closer to the surface throughout the year before the lake freezes over and traps the gas/bubbles until spring thaw so until then – it makes for a pretty amazing-looking, highly Instagrammable, phenomenon. 

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

It’s a pretty unique view and really cool that such a lake is so close to Edmonton.

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

The day we went, there was a lot of recent snow over the lake so there weren’t as much bubble spots as I’d have preferred.

I had wanted to skate on the lake but there was so much snow that there wasn’t any clear skating spots. There was enough bubble spots to satisfy my primary goal (viewing and getting photos of the bubbles) but definitely not enough clear strips for a smooth skate. 

We were grateful for the snow though, because it provided some firm footing as we made our way across the slippery lake!

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

It was a beautiful, sunny, blue sky day (one of the things I love about Alberta weather).

I couldn’t help but feel very small among the towering mountains and vast (really – it’s soooo big) frozen lake. It was truly a spectacular view. 

This was Olive and Artie’s first time in the mountains and Artie was having the time of his life running through the snow and sliding on the ice. (Olive had less of a grand time, lol definitely not a mountain/snow/ice dog). 

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

We all slipped and fell a few times (be careful!) but had a lot of fun.

For a six-hour drive (there and back), you should try to make the most of your trip by coming with skates (if there’s not a lot of snow on the lake) or maybe snowshoes (if there is a lot of snow).

As I mentioned, my main purpose for the trip was to see it (marvel at it) and take lots of photos – which I did – so I was quite pleased. There’s not a whole lot more to do beyond that, so know that going in to this trip. 

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

I think a visit to the Bubble Lake would make a nice weekend trip though if you did have a bit more time.

Head to the lake first, then spend the night in Jasper before heading back to Edmonton the next day, but it’s definitely doable (and fun) as a day trip.

Here are a few more photos from our visit to Abraham Lake: 

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

Abraham Lake Bubble Lake Explore Alberta Edmonton

You can also check out some more beautiful photos of the lake on the Instagram feed here.

And here are some of my summarized  

Tips for Visiting the Bubble Lake (Abraham Lake) in Alberta:

  • Consider whether you’re going on a day when there’s just been a fresh dump of snow 
  • Bring your skates (or snowshoes) just in case 
  • Bring your camera (but make sure you’ve got a firm hold on it because it is slippery) 
  • Bring your dogs for added adventure (bigger dogs will likely do better than smaller dogs, especially if there’s a lot of snow and wind) 
  • Dress warm! (there were bursts of wind when we went and they were biting. Be prepared!)
  • Consider crossing the whole lake (we saw others attempting this, but we walked closer to the middle and then came back) 
  • Consider checking out the lake at multiple points (we stopped at Preacher’s Point but there were at least 2 other spots where we saw cars parked and people heading down. Not sure if those would have offered even better views or not but if you’ve got time, try it!) 
  • Take lots of photos! (you might want to get right down to the frozen floor for best bubble angles) 
  • Stop for a bite in Rocky Mountain House or make it a longer trip to Jasper 

So have you been to Abraham Lake?

What did you think?! Tweet me or leave me a comment below. 

Linda

Follow lindork on Instagram

Follow @lindorkyeg on Snapchat!

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

Previous Post
February 18, 2017
Next Post
February 18, 2017

1 Comment

  • Dave

    Those are great photos, Linda. Thanks for sharing.
    – Dave

Leave a Reply

Instagram

  • My favourite person to get my #yegseglegs with! πŸ‘«@mikethyking & I killed it (if I do say so myself 😌) on @rivervalleyadventureyeg's segways yesterday while filming for @travelalberta's "Edmonton on Wheels" promo video! πŸ’• I actually wish I could segway as a primary means of transportation, it's so fun/easy (and you can end up going so fast it's thrilling! πŸ’¨)
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegdt #yegrivervalley #edmonton #exploreedmonton #explorealberta #segway #segwaytour #segwayfun #seglegs #legislature #albertalegislature #matchingcouples #mikeandlindork #travelalberta
  • Sunday Funday! πŸ’• Today we went on the 15-passenger @urbanpedaltours bike through @oldstrathcona with @travelalberta! We stopped at @elcortezyeg (for chips, salsa & guac 😍), @maltandmortar, and @situationbeer before renting segways & bikes from @rivervalleyadventureyeg! It was a pretty wicked day exploring Edmonton on wheels. I can't wait to see the video (not airing until next spring lol). I LOVE segways!! #yegseglegs πŸ€— See more from the day in my Insta Stories!
.
.
.
.
.
#exploreedmonton #explorealberta #yeg #yegrivervalley #edmonton #chipsandguac #chipsandsalsa #elcortezyeg #sundayfunday #travelalberta #edmontononwheels #yegbike #rivervalleyadventures #urbanpedaltours
  • Thanks to the nearly 40 people who came out on the fourth Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton photo walk (#IGWallsofYEG) with me & @britl today! πŸ’•πŸ˜ŠπŸ“Έ 20 walls and 7 km later, safe to say we explored the heck out of Edmonton. πŸ˜… I'm excited to head to Calgary next weekend with @mikethyking & @tourismcalgary to help map out their most #instagrammablewalls! If you've got #yyc wall suggestions, please let me know. (We'll be crowdsourcing all week! πŸ“Έ)
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegdt #exploreedmonton #edmonton #rustmagic2017 #muralwall #yegsa #yegarts #graffitiwall #instagrammablewall #photowalk #instawalk #colourfulwall #saturyay
  • New Blog Post! ✨ I recap the 20 places @mikethyking and I ate during our recent trip to Toronto including the terrific @Lee_Restaurant, where we had Peking & Char Sui Duck Breast wraps. Delicious. πŸ’―πŸ‘ŒπŸ» Read "Where To Eat in Toronto" at the link in my bio and thanks everyone for your food suggestions! Wish I could've gotten to them all. 🀀
.
.
.
.
.
#yyz #yyzfood #torontofood #seetorontonow #duckbreast #charsui #susurlee #leebysusurlee #torontolife #lindorktravels #mikeandlindorkinthe6ix #the6ix #the6 #yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #exploretoronto
  • Dogs are welcome (and encouraged!) on the downtown Edmonton Instagrammable Walls photo walk I'm hosting this Saturday! 🐢 Walk from 1-4 pm. Meet me and co-host @britl & my pups @OliveAndArtie at the Churchill Square Fountains. We'll be visiting lots of great #yegdt #IGwallsofYEG! πŸ“Έ (I hope I kick my cold by then 🀧)
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #edmonton #exploreedmonton #jasperave #jasperavenue #igwall #yegsa #yegarts #experiencejasperavenue #popupwall #yegartist #instagrammablewalls #grafittiwall #grafittiart #yegdogs #beaglesofig #tailsofyeg #edmontonpets #modeldog #photogenicdog #justbeagles #lemonbeagle #oliveandartie
  • This week I made a ton of homemade #gyoza that we've been enjoying, and froze a bunch for future enjoyment. 😊 I was pretty proud of my dumpling pleat and overall flavour/texture. (Artie was too!) I'm a "little of this, little of that" kind of cook (when not eating out lol), whose with me? πŸ™‹πŸ»πŸ’πŸ»πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegfood #homemade #homecooking #edmontonfood #lindorkcooks #japanesegyoza #dumplings #asiandumplings #homemadegyoza #groundpork #housewife #asiancooking #ponzusauce #kitchendogs #yegdogs #edmontondogs #casualcook
  • The pop-up #instagrammablewalls on #jasperavenue are awesome! 😍 Will I see you at the next #IGWallsofYEG photo walk this Saturday? Co-hosting with @britl! 1-4 pm. Meet at the Churchill Square Fountains! Maaaaaybe we'll visit the #experiencejasperavenue walls. πŸ˜‰πŸ“Έ
- mural by @wayner89 πŸ’―
- photo by #instagramhusband @mikethyking 😘
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegdt #downtownedmonton #exploreedmonton #jasperave #thebestisyettocome #thebesttocome #igwalls #yegfashion #besttocome #yegsa #streetart #muralwall #edmontonart #yegarts
  • When your pizza is perfect. πŸ•πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ™πŸ» Build my own at @blazepizza includes: ham, Italian sausage, bacon, mozzarella, tomatoes, artichoke, mushrooms, jalapeΓ±os, spicy red sauce & buffalo sauce & pesto drizzle... πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ Quick lunch before we take Olive to #BeagleMania2017 at Queen Mary Park! Come to the beagle party 1-4 pm. πŸ•πŸΆ
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #edmonton #blazepizza #howdoyoublaze #unlimitedtoppings #spicypizza #brewerydistrict #sundayfunday #πŸ• #yegdt #buildyourownpizza
  • I love Instagrammable Walls that require passersby to complete it.πŸ‘ΌπŸ»πŸ’•
.
.
.
.
.
#igwallsofyyz #yyz #toronto #caliilove #the6ix #the6 #lindorktravels #mikeandlindorkinthe6ix #instagrammablewalls #streetart #yyzart #downtowntoronto #kingstreetwest #angelwings #caliiwings #goodvibesonly #torontoart #photoop #artsygram #seetorontonow #torontolife #exploreontario #pinkdress #theglobalangelwingsproject
  • Had a super Saturday driving / running all over Edmonton to 30 #yegfood stops with @littlmissandrea as part of the 2nd annual @culinairemag #CulinaireHunt scavenger hunt! 😍 Swipe for some highlights πŸ‘ˆπŸ» including making our own citrus posset at @bundokyeg, lion's head dumplings at @baijiu_yeg, gyoza at @nomiyajapan, twinning with Andrea πŸ‘―, and eating SPAM (i ❀️ spam!) at @onopokecoyeg!! πŸ™ŒπŸ» Fantastic event. Watch for a recap on my blog (and mark your calendars to sign up for this sold-out event next year!) 😊
.
.
.
.
.
#scavengerhunt #culinaryadventures #yeg #exploreedmonton #edmonton #posset #dumplings #gyoza #spammusabi #yegdt #whyteave #oldstrathcona #saturyay #eatlocal #foodcrawl
  • I πŸ’— #InstagrammableWalls! Hope you'll join me and co-host @britl next Saturday, Sept. 16 for the next Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton #PhotoWalk! We'll visit some awesome downtown walls from 1-4 pm. πŸ“Έ Meet at the Churchill Square Fountain! Free to attend, family & dog-friendly. Enjoy the walk, the walls, and get new material for your social media profiles! More details at the link in my bio! #IGWallsofYEG ☺️
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegdt #edmonton #exploreedmonton #igwalls #instagrammable #yegsa #grafittiwall #whyteave #oldstrathcona #rustmagic2017 #streetart #ootd #wiw #yegfashion #churchillsquare
  • No, YOU post too many photos of ice cream! 🍦😬 On this hot, hot day, I'm thinking of the "Red Rapture" vanilla, red velvet cake, cream cheese icing, raspberry puree and meringue crumble cone I had at @sweetjesus in #Toronto with @trishkoz last week!πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ’•
.
.
.
.
.
#yyz #torontofood #yyzfood #sweetjesus #sweetjesusicecream #downtowntoronto #icecreamporn #pinkicecream #torontolife #seetorontonow #the6ix #mikeandlindorkinthe6ix #lindorktravels #sweetjesustoronto #redrapture #redvelvetcake #johnstreet #pimpedoutsoftserve #yeg #yegwx #exploreedmonton

LINDORK