At the foot of the Canadian Rockies, Abraham Lake stretches about 33 kilometers between the Kootenay Plains and Nordegg, a ghost town located in Alberta’s Bighorn countryside. This is the most beautiful artificial glacial lake of the “land of maple leaves”. It is also an extremely attractive tourist destination for those who love to explore. The only winter route to Abraham Lake is via the David Thompson Highway, probably named for the intrepid explorer who mapped most of Western Canada.

In winter, the temperature around the lake can drop to its lowest level. The cold wind moves continuously, making the ice on the lake surface always transparent, creating a magical beauty with methane bubbles. And that is also the reason Abraham Lake becomes one of the most beautiful frozen lakes in the world, attracting a large number of tourists every year.

Abraham Lake was created in 1972, with the construction of the Bighorn Hydroelectric Dam. The lake is part of the Saskatchewan River in western Alberta. The lake surface area is about 53.7 km2 wide and 32km long. In the 19th century, the lake was named after Silas Abraham, a resident of the Saskatchewan River valley.

On the outside, Abraham Glacier Lake is picturesque with a clear, blue lake surface as smooth as a mirror. In winter, the frozen bubbles under the lake surface are like thousands of pearls stuck in the middle of the ice, creating a shimmering, magical beauty. Like many other lakes in the world, Abraham Glacial Lake emits methane gas all year round. However, in winter, this biological process can create stunning visual phenomena. When bacteria at the bottom of the lake digest decaying organic matter, they release large amounts of methane gas, forming bubbles and rising to the surface of the lake. 

Especially when winter comes, the temperature around Abraham Lake can drop to very low levels. Wind speed can reach 48 km/h. The icy wind moves continuously, making the ice on the lake surface transparent, like glass, so people can easily see the surreal scene hidden below, which is thousands of frozen methane bubbles.

The ideal time for tourists to visit Abraham Glacial Lake and admire the surreal scene here is in spring. Around this season, the winter snow and ice have melted. Bubbles will fly out of the lake creating a beautiful picture. However, visitors do not always get to admire this magical moment, because with just one crack, those lovely bubbles will dissolve into the air.

Visitors to Abraham Lake can also admire the beautiful landscape of the mountain peaks of Banff and Jasper national parks and the mysterious natural phenomenon in the lake. Although this phenomenon is not unique, it is certainly the most beautiful. So, if you have the opportunity to travel to Canada in the winter, don’t miss the opportunity to admire the magical beauty at Abraham Lake! Wishing you a happy and exciting trip!



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