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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. 

Marvel Pass | Mike Seehagel

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Ferguson Hill Road

Elkwater, Alberta

Ferguson Hill Road is closed to vehicles in the winter. It's groomed for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowbiking (fat-tired bikes). This is a great way to access the top of the Cypress Hills Plateau or a fun way to descend. The last 100 metre descent to Elkwater Campground is challenging. Ferguson Hill Road connects with Plateau Trail and Murray Hill Road.

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Nine Mile Creek Recreation Area

Slave Lake, Alberta

All season recreation area; cross country skiing, snow shoeing, walking trails and mountain biking. Located nine miles west of Slave Lake on Hwy 2, at Nine Mile Creek. Hiking, geocaching, dog-friendly, 10 km trail, divided into five loops. Cabin available for shelter. Trails are groomed in the winter and mowed in the summer. There are no trail fees in effect.

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Elk Island National Park

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
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Just 50 minutes from downtown Edmonton, Elk Island National Park boasts incredible experiences that will remain with you long after you leave. Spread a blanket and gaze at a starry sky undiluted by city light, or tour behind the scenes at a bison handling facility and learn how this magnificent animal was brought back from near extinction. Elk Island National Park is not only an important refuge for bison, elk and more than 250 bird species, but is also an oasis of calm for day picnickers and overnight campers alike.

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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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Pursuit Adventures - Rockies Snowshoeing

Red Deer, Alberta
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Winter in Alberta is pure magic: crisp temperatures, the crunch of snow underfoot and plenty of bluebird days. Head out with your guide this winter for a fun day playing in the snow, exploring the area and making great memories. Join a small group tour on your own or with a few friends, book a private tour or create a custom adventure.

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Sunshine Village Historical Snowshoe and Fondue Tour

Banff, Alberta

Sunshine’s historical snowshoe tour provides a unique Canadian Rockies experience through untouched powder deep into Sunshine Meadows. Let local guides at Sunshine Village take you off the beaten track into the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by panoramic alpine views. Walk along paths taken by Canada’s First Nations and listen to stories of first discovery by European explorers. Put yourself in their (snow) shoes. The experience culminates indoors at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge with a traditional Swiss-style cheese fondue. Immerse yourself in an authentic winter alpine experience in a location rich in Canadian history.

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