Monday, January 15, 2018

The BEST of Winter in the Canadian Rockies (Gotta do THIS!)

I hope you've enjoyed my "Gotta do THIS" posts over the past two years. A new year is here though, and it's time to move on to something fresh and slightly different.

The BEST of Winter in the Canadian Rockies!


I still plan to write about the BEST things to do across the Canadian Rockies, but I'm going to write seasonal posts instead of monthly posts, and anything new or special (upcoming events for example) will be shared on my Facebook page.

So, make sure you're following my facebook page, follow my instagram account to see what we're up to each week, and make sure you're subscribed to receive an email each time I publish a new post (so you don't miss anything) - right side bar, follow by email.

I also recommend saving this post (Pinterest is your friend here) so you can find it again next winter, because I plan to add to it anytime I discover something new and awesome.

The list below is in no particular order. All links go to stories I've already written on the subject, or to other websites that will help you.

Winter is AWESOME when you know where to go


The Best of Winter in the Canadian Rockies 



1. Go Skating on a Frozen Lake (The Banff Lake Tourism site has several suggestions)

2. Attend the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise at the end of January

3. Attend Fun Family-Friendly Events at Snow Days in Banff in January/February

Ice Magic Festival, Lake Louise

4. Hike a Frozen Canyon (Read my Winter Hiking Guide for all of our favourites)

5. Visit a Frozen Waterfall

6. Head North to Jasper National Park to Hike Frozen Maligne Canyon

Magical Troll Falls in Kananaskis

7. Go Backcountry Sled Hiking

8. Make a Snow Fort, Tunnel, or Quinzee

9. Discover how much Fun Winter Hiking is (Check out my winter hiking guide here.)

Winter hiking is a BLAST with kids!

10. Learn to Cross Country Ski at the Canmore Nordic Centre 

 - Read more here about our favourite cross country ski trails near Calgary.

11. Go Sledding at the Canmore Nordic Centre

12. Go Snowshoeing in Kananaskis (Check out my Family Snowshoeing Super Guide)


The Canmore Nordic Centre has the BEST Sledding Hill (and it's free)

13. Spend a Day on the Ski Slopes at Calgary's Closest Mountain, Nakiska Ski Area in Kananaskis

14. Visit one of the Ski Resort Tube Parks in or near Calgary

15. Plan a Family Downhill Ski Weekend

Tubing is a great family-friendly winter activity

16. Try Winter Camping

17. Spend a Night Winter Yurt Camping at Mount Engadine Lodge

18. Ski or Hike into a Backcountry Cabin

- My Camping Super Guide  has links to every story I've written on winter camping, cabin camping, and wilderness hostels in winter.

Winter Backcountry Cabin Camping is a very cool experience!

19. Skate on a Frozen River (In Banff, a skating oval is often cleared on the Bow River)

20. Plan a Trip to Invermere, BC, to Skate The World's Longest Skating Trail

21. Try Fat Biking at Nipika Mountain Resort near Radium Hot Springs, BC


Skating on the Lake Windermere Whiteway, Invermere, BC

22. Plan a Weekend Away Somewhere New

23. Head North to Visit the Edmonton Ice Castles

24. Explore the Northern Canadian Rockies on a Winter Road Trip to Jasper National Park

Snowshoeing in Jasper National Park 

25. Go Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing in West Bragg Creek Provincial Park near Calgary

26. Go Find the Fish Creek Provincial Park Ice Falls in Calgary

27. Spend the day skiing, tubing, or trying luge at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary

Cross country skiing at West Bragg Creek Provincial Recreation Area

28. Spend a Weekend at Lake Louise

29. Discover Yoho National Park and Magical Emerald Lake in Winter

30. Travel South to experience Winter in Waterton Lakes National Park

The Natural Bridge, Yoho National Park


31. Discover Why Calgarians LOVE Day Trips to Kananaskis Village.

32. Try Fat Biking at Kananaskis Village

33. Explore the Ski and Snowshoe Trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Fat biking at Kananaskis Village

34. Enjoy the BEST Family Winter Fun in Cypress Hills Provincial Park

35. Spend a Day in one of Alberta's Provincial Parks this Winter

36. Conquer the Calgary Triple Crown Ski Challenge 

Only in Cypress Hills Provincial Park can you skate around a campground!

37. Build a backcountry luge track, or try the luge hill in Cypress Hills Provincial Park 

38. Spend a weekend on the Remote Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper 

39. Spend a Weekend at Hilda Creek on the Icefields Parkway


The HI Hilda Creek Wilderness Hostel in Banff National Park

40. Visit Panorama Mountain Resort in BC with Activities for Every Member of the Family

41. Ski or Hike into a Backcountry Lodge in Banff National Park.

42. Go Ski Tripping through the Kootenay Rockies.

Scenery you'll experience if you stay at Shadow Lake Backcountry Lodge

43. Visit Lake O'Hara with your Family and stay overnight at an Alpine Club of Canada Hut

44. Try Backcountry Ski Touring as a Family (Featured: Chester Lake, Kananaskis)

45. Experience Wild Mountain Lake Skating (The real deal, not groomed or cleared)

Backcountry Ski Touring at Boom Lake, Banff

NEW ADDITIONS 


46. Find a Snowshoe Trail - And go SKIING (Featured: Boom Lake Trail, Banff)

47. Travel North to Ski Marmot Basin Resort in Jasper National Park

48. Go skiing on the Ribbon Creek Trail at Kananaskis Village 


Skiing Ribbon Creek, Kananaskis 

49. Ski to the top of Blueberry Hill, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

50. Ski to the top of the Kananaskis Fire Lookout, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

51. Go Ski Touring in Banff National Park 


Blueberry Hill, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park 


And, more to come as we explore our mountain parks this winter

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