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Snowshoeing Winter Outdoor Activities

Super accessible, decidedly chill. Snowshoeing is an easy way to conquer snowdrifts and see more terrain than you could with regular snow boots. There’s zero learning curve to snowshoeing, so there’s nothing stopping you from making giant footprints. • Top shelf: Ride a chairlift up a mountain to remote snowshoe routes. Why let skiers, snowboarders and bighorn sheep have all the fun? • Good to know: Snowshoeing makes walking in winter more fun, no matter where you’re treading. A tour along a secluded wintry trail in Banff National Park is worth the effort of planning ahead. Or bring a map and make your own tracks to a frozen lake in Kananaskis Country. 

Banff National Park | Mike Seehagel

Banff National Park | Mike Seehagel

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Sprinkler Trail

Elkwater, Alberta

This easy trail starts at the D loop in Elkwater Campground and ends at Shoreline Trail. It goes up and behind the townsite through a mix of poplar and spruce forests. A popular trail for viewing birds and wildlife, it also passes through a FireSmart area south of the townsite.

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Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
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Canada’s deadliest rockslide. 90 Seconds Changed Their Lives. “It took quite a bit of time for us to get it through our heads that everything and everybody beyond that point where the wall of rock began was dead…” What was it like to be in Frank when Turtle Mountain collapsed? Why did it happen? Will it happen again? Visitors can feel the impact of the Frank Slide story in a personal, interactive and creative setting, involving first-hand accounts by the people who lived through the destruction. On April 29th in 1903, 90 million tons of rock thundered from Turtle Mountain and buried part of a town. Immerse yourself in emotional survivor accounts. Stand on the edge of destruction and marvel at the awesome power of nature or take a walk through the massive boulders and imagine what it must have been like. Discover unforgettable stories told through prop talks, dramatic vignettes, high definition award-winning presentations, guided walks, powerful images, and one-on-one contact with historical guides. Get out into the spectacular Rocky Mountain landscape and discover the unexpected with a guided or self-guided walk on the Frank Slide Trail. Interact with knowledgeable staff one-on-one or as part of an interpretive experience inside or outside the Centre. Immerse yourself in special activities during events that celebrate the area’s unique history and culture. Enjoy two high definition, award-winning presentations in the Centre’s theatre. Take time to explore four exhibit galleries with heart-rending accounts by survivors of the slide, powerful images of the devastation, and touch screen displays to help you dig deep into the history. Look for items in the Frank Slide Gift Shop that are only found here.

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Ridgetop Trail

Elkwater, Alberta

This trail parallels the northern edge of the Cypress Hills Plateau. It has spectacular views of the prairie to the north and connects with Highline Trail. The trailhead is just past the Texas gate on Reesor Road (left side of road). Parking is in the corral staging area across the road from the trailhead.

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Great Divide Nature Interpretation

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Join a guided hike or snowshoe in Lake Louise! Walking against the dramatic backdrop of the Canadian Rockies and breathing in clean air, you notice how the forest and mountains surround and uplift you. Meanwhile, the guide reveals the stories behind the scenery in a fun and entertaining way. You’ve laughed and you’ve learned.

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River Valley Adventure Company

Edmonton, Alberta
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River Valley Adventure Co. has everything you need to have a memorable adventure in the river valley. The Beginner Segway Adventure is the first of its kind, offering you a unique way to explore the valley with a knowledgeable guide. Feeling like heading out on your own? Rent a trail bike or tandem bike and hit the trails! Even snowshoe rentals available to traverse the river valley. Or join a stand up paddleboard clinic - what better way to see the valley than from on the river itself? Winter fat bike rentals and snowshoe adventures allow you to appreciate the valley all year. Book your adventure today!

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Lens on Nature

Fort McMurray, Alberta

Lens on Nature’s mission is to enable our guests the opportunity to immerse themselves and experience the remote beauty, history and culture of Fort Chipewyan, one of Alberta’s most isolated and northern communities. We offer carefully created, professionally guided three day adventures which include travelling a 280 km (174 mi) road made entirely of snow and ice to Fort Chipewyan, dog sledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing, historical tours and a chance of seeing aurora borealis. With each trip, guests receive a collection of inspiring images in a professionally designed hard cover book that captures the sense of authenticity of their adventure.

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