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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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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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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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Lake Louise

Lake Louise, Alberta
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In 1890, Lake Louise was a wild outpost at the end of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Today this hamlet, lake and its surrounding area offer some of the finest hiking, skiing and sightseeing in the world. The lake, with its turquoise hue and glacial backdrop, is by far the area's most popular destination. Summer offers iconic photography, lakeshore strolls, hiking, climbing, canoeing and horseback riding. Winter offers Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and skating in a magical, snowy wonderland. Tips: The lake is ice-free by mid-June. From November through April enjoy a designated snowshoe trail or walk the Lakeshore Trail.

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Alpine Helicopters Inc.

Canmore, Alberta
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Alpine Helicopters provides helicopter sightseeing tours and heli-hiking adventures in the Canadian Rocky Mountains from its tour facility at the Canmore Municipal Heliport (22 km east of Banff). Custom charters and heli-weddings are also available. Open 364 days a year, prices start at C$124.00 per person. Family pricing is available as well as complimentary shuttle service from any hotel in Banff or Canmore.

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Haskin Canoe

Edmonton, Alberta

Haskin Canoe offers year-round adventures and courses throughout Alberta. Specializing in voyageur canoe tours, our company is also recognized as one of Paddle Canada’s leading canoe certification providers. In winter be sure to try one of our guided snowshoeing tours in Elk Island National Park, just outside of Edmonton.

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Haskin Canoe

Edmonton, Alberta

Haskin Canoe offers year-round adventures and courses throughout Alberta. Specializing in voyageur canoe tours, our company is also recognized as one of Paddle Canada’s leading canoe certification providers. In winter be sure to try one of our guided snowshoeing tours in Elk Island National Park, just outside of Edmonton.

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