5 Alberta Parks to Go to This Winter


Winter is the proper time to see extra sunrises and sunsets, play within the snow, and discover Alberta. Listed below are 5 Alberta Parks that provide tons of winter enjoyable: Chilly Lake, Crimson Lake, Citadel Provincial Park, Cypress Hills, and Kananaskis.

Snowshoeing at West Bragg Creek, Kananaskis
Snowshoeing at West Bragg Creek, Kananaskis 

1. Chilly Lake

Chilly Lake is a vibrant city of 15,000 folks in northeast Alberta. The place boreal forest meets parkland, you possibly can: fish for monster lake trout or cross nation ski at Chilly Lake Provincial Park; ski and tube at Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort; cross nation ski, toboggan, and curl on the Golf and Winter Membership; and fatbike or snowmobile the Iron Horse Path.

Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort, Cold Lake
Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort, Chilly Lake
Picture Credit score: Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort

Cross nation ski and snowshoe at Chilly Lake Provincial Park. There are 10 kilometres of groomed cross nation ski trails. Snowshoeing is permitted all through the park (besides on ski trails).

Chilly Lake Golf and Winter Membership additionally has groomed cross nation nation ski trails, snowshoeing, six curling sheets, tobogganing hills making it a mini winter village!

Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort is a pleasant ski hill 15 minutes from city. It has 13 runs – principally inexperienced and blue – and a terrain park, tube park, and skating rink on 60 acres. The hill is effectively serviced with a Quad Chair,Triple Chair, Three Carpet Lifts and 13,000 sq ft lodge. The vertical drop is 107 m (just like Winsport in Calgary). Open Wednesday to Sunday with night time snowboarding and tubing on Saturdays. Leases accessible onsite. Reasonably priced: Your entire household can ski for $99. Mark your calendars – Winter Competition is on February 16. For extra data, go to www.kinosoo.ca/.

Kinosoo, Chilly Lake’s unique Dene identify, means “Huge Fish,” and to today, fishing is fairly epic right here. Plan for 12-20 pound lake trout. There are additionally pike, perch, walleye and burbot. Chilly Lake is Alberta’s fifth largest lake and is nearly 400 ft deep, so it is without doubt one of the final to freeze. The ice is 2-Three ft deep by late January most years, however examine the ice thickness each time you enterprise on it. For ice security ideas, please learn Pond and Lake Ice Security.

The paved Millenium Path, operating from the bottom to the marina, is maintained 12 months spherical for strolling and biking. 

For a nature escape, experience the Iron Horse Path by boreal forest, hills, and prairie. This 300-kilometre part of the Trans Canada Path is an outdated rail path that’s steeped in historical past. Be taught extra on the 20 relaxation stops alongside the best way. Mountaineering, biking, snowmobiling, cross nation snowboarding or horseback driving permitted.

When the temperature dips, retreat to The Vitality Centre, Chilly Lake’s state-of-the-art sports activities and health facility, for skating, health lessons, live shows, and extra.

Examine my fishing journey to Chilly Lake right here: Legendary Fishing and Fish Tales at Chilly Lake.

2. Crimson Lake Provincial Park

Crimson Lake is a brief drive from Rocky Mountain Home and is just 230 km from Calgary and Edmonton. In winter, take pleasure in ice fishing, a maintained skating rink and lakeside skateway; groomed cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing, and fats biking at this well-liked park. If you would like to make it a weekend, the winter fee for energy websites is just $20 per night time!

Upcoming Occasions in Crimson Lake Provincial Park

Snowy Saturdays begin January 19, 2019. Attend an interpretive Be taught to Snowshoe program (leases accessible), roast marshmallows, or purchase a espresso or treats. The shop is open Saturdays from 11 am – four pm. 

Winterfest on Household Day Lengthy Weekend (February 16) guarantees to be a ton of enjoyable with: Snowshoe and ice fishing demonstrations, Freezin’ for a Cause Polar Plunge, Pioneer Winterfest Maker’s Market, youngsters’ crafts, video games, sleigh rides, skating, concession, and extra. FREE! 

3. Citadel Provincial Park

Citadel Provincial Park affords wild adventures on the trail much less traveled. Get away from all of it in Alberta’s latest mountain park. Snowshoe or ice fish at Beaver Mines Lake; cross-country ski, fats bike, or snowshoe the Syncline Path System (20 kilometres of groomed trails); ski at Citadel Mountain Resort; or go snowmobiling. 

Snowshoeing at Beaver Mines Lake, Castle Provincial Park
Snowshoeing at Beaver Mines Lake, Citadel Provincial Park

Alberta Parks affords some nice guided packages like Friday night time Starshoeing – solely $30 for a household, $40 together with snowshoe rental. Take pleasure in a fireplace and cocoa, then hit the paths with a crimson headlight (offered) so you possibly can take pleasure in stargazing on this quiet nook of the Rockies. Be taught to Ice Fish, Be taught to Ski, and Winter Survival packages are coming quickly.

Guided fatbike excursions, and personal excursions for small teams are additionally accessible. For extra data, contact 403-627-1152 or e-mail [email protected]

Keep at Citadel River Bridge Campground (rustic, deliver your personal firewood), Citadel Mountain Resort (Citadel Mountain Hostel and trip leases), B&Bs in Beaver Mines, or Pincher Creek.

Citadel Mountain Provincial Park is situated half an hour southwest of Pincher Creek, 1.5 hours from Lethbridge, and a pair of.5 hours from Calgary.

For extra data, learn our story: Winter Enjoyable in Citadel Provincial Park.

Spina Path, Move Powderkeg, Blairmore

When you’re within the space… go to Crowsnest Move

  • Hike to Star Creek Falls and watch the ice climbers.
  • Go to Frank Slide Interpretive Centre and find out about life earlier than, throughout, and after the slide
  • Ski at Move Powderkeg, a hidden gem in Blairmore. This small ski hill has 24 runs, a terrain park, nice ski faculty, and several other particular occasions all season lengthy equivalent to Girls Guided Snowshoeing and Youth Nights. 

5. Cypress Hills Provincial Park

Cypress Hills Provincial Park in Winter
Cypress Hills Provincial Park in Winter

As quickly as snow falls at Cypress Hills Provincial Park, it is remodeled right into a winter village. Final season, we skied at Hidden Valley Ski Resort, snowshoed in to a backcountry hut at Reesor Lake, made an igloo, skated the skating monitor by Previous Baldy Campground, cross nation skied at Spring Creek, did some stargazing, slid down the “yard luge” monitor, and went kicksledding alongside Elkwater Lake. It was arduous to consider we had been in southeast Alberta!

Cypress Hills is tremendous household pleasant with plenty of warming huts, a pleasant Customer Centre, Studying Centre, and several other free and inexpensive packages. Tools leases are additionally accessible on the Customer Centre. Escape the strange and revel in a enjoyable and enjoyable getaway to Cypress Hills this winter!

 Kicksledding at Elkwater Lake, Cypress Hills Provincial Park
Kicksledding at Elkwater Lake, Cypress Hills Provincial Park
Picture Credit score: Chris Wheeler

Examine our superior snowshoe journey to Reesor Lake Backcountry Hut right here.

6. Kananaskis Nation

Kananaskis Nation is an superior winter playground that encompasses a number of Alberta Parks. Right here are some things to do in Kananaskis within the snowy season.

Cross-country ski at: Canmore Nordic Centre, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, West Bragg Creek, Kananaskis Valley, Smith-Dorrien Trails, or Mount Shark. If you wish to xc ski together with your canine, attempt West Bragg Creek (some offleash areas however to your security, it is strongly recommended that canine be stored on a leash) or Mount Shark (canine should be on leash). 

  • Canmore Nordic Centre is groomed each day so the ski trails are all the time in nice form! They’ve a big daylodge with concession and warming hut within the meadow. For extra data, please learn Cross Nation Snowboarding at Canmore Nordic Centre.
  • When there’s sufficient snow, the Invoice Milne Path (Ribbon Creek to Mount Kidd Campground) is ideal for newbies.
  • Mountain Street at West Bragg Creek is one other good one for newbies because the elevation acquire is light and gradual for the primary couple kilometres.
  • Skilled skiers will love Blueberry Hill and Lookout in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
Cross country skiing at Canmore Nordic Centre
Cross nation snowboarding at Canmore Nordic Centre

Hike / Snowshoe to ice falls: Troll Falls is a household favourite. Chantilly Falls is a hidden gem with three units of 100 m excessive ice falls (first set is 3.1 km down Evan Thomas Creek Path; two extra falls 800 m additional). Ice cleats really helpful. Close to Exshaw, hike Grotto Canyon‘s frozen creek mattress to pictographs and ice falls.

Grotto Canyon Ice Walk, Kananaskis
Grotto Canyon Ice Stroll, Kananaskis

For extra enjoyable issues to do in Kananaskis Valley (Kananaskis Village / Nakiska space), try our Kananaskis Valley Winter Exercise Information which incorporates snowboarding, tubing, guided fatbiking, and extra!

Winter backcountry tenting:  The Level (3.four km hike) has outhouses, bear lockers, and firepits. Rummel Lake (5 km snowshoe in) is extra rustic and solely has outhouses, no fires permitted.

Upcoming Occasions in Kananaskis

Avalanche Consciousness Day 

January 20, 2019  11 am – 2:30 pm
Burstall Move Day Use, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Kananaskis Speaker and Discovery Collection: Nature Impressed Artwork, Winter Survival Abilities, Winter Ecology (one session per thirty days)

Have enjoyable this winter and let me know which locations you preferred finest!
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