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Cross-Country Skiing Winter Outdoor Activities

That feeling when you’re weightless? Cross-country skiing does that. There’s this moment when you stop paying attention to the physical exertion and just glide over the snow. There's nothing like it. ● Learn it: Pull on some long johns and get your skis under you where the Olympians train, the Canmore Nordic Centre. ● Do it: Cross-country skiing can happen just about anywhere in the province where you can find snow, including urban parks, groomed trails around your mountainside hotel and parts of the Trans Canada Trail (also known as The Great Trail). 

Cross-Country Skiing Spots

Canmore Nordic Centre

Canmore, Alberta
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Developed for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games Nordic events, the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park remains a world-class facility. In the winter more than 65 km (37 miles) of groomed and track-set trails beckon cross-country skiers of all ability levels. In the summer, an 18-hole disc golf course, four orienteering courses, more than 100 km (62 mi) of single and double-track mountain bike and hiking trails, 6.5 km (4 mi) of paved roller ski trails, and a mountain bike skills park keep visitors busy.

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Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Canmore, Alberta

Located about 137 km (85 mi) southwest of Calgary, in the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park offers a host outdoor recreational activities and breathtaking mountain scenery. Enjoy front country and backcountry hiking and camping, trails for mountain biking and cycling, and fishing from the shores of the Kananaskis lakes. Visit in winter to cross country ski on the park’s extensive groomed trail system.

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River Bend Golf & Recreation

Red Deer, Alberta

18 hole championship golf course, 9 hole par 3, driving range and golf academy, golf shop, restaurant and waterpark.

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Tours

Pika-Adventures

Cochrane, Alberta
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'Pika-Adventures' offers small and personalized Summer as well as Winter tours in Kananaskis Country, the Rocky Mountain NP's and all over Western Canada. We strive to customize each and every adventure to fit your personal interests and fitness level. That way we will make it an unforgettable experience for you. Come and join us on your very own 'Pika-Adventure' and stay at 'The Pika B&B'! We offer tours in English, German or French.

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Skadi Wilderness Adventures

Nordegg, Alberta

Skadi Wilderness Adventures is a full-service backcountry guiding and wilderness training and adventure company located in a little-known yet spectacular wilderness in the Rocky Mountains around Nordegg, Alberta. Rustic cabins provide a unique base for individually tailored single- or multi-day trips for small or large groups led by certified guides and specialized training courses designed for all levels of interest and ability. We offer a variety of training, from corporate team building to hostile environment training. Our priority is to ensure you enjoy the most rewarding Canadian Rockies experience possible in comfort and safety.

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The Great Canadian Adventure Company

Ryley, Alberta

The Great Canadian Adventure Company provides the ability to completely plan an unforgettable wilderness adventure vacation to your specifications anywhere in Alberta. From hiking rafting and horseback pack trips in the summer to dogsledding snowmobiling and downhill skiing in the winter we can make your adventure dream a reality.

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Events

Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-02-08 To 2019-02-10 MST

The Canadian Birkebeiner, Canada’s largest classic cross-country ski event, takes place the second Saturday of every February. Grab a flask of hot chocolate and come cheer on more than 2,000 cross-country skiers as they whip around the loppet at speeds over 20 km per hour (12.4 mi per hour).

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