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The woods around the Pyramid Bench are especially pretty for snowshoeing

Snowshoeing in Jasper – Top Places to Go

If you love snowshoeing, then Jasper National Park is a terrific place to visit in winter. Enjoy kilometres of untracked trails, sublime mountain views, snowy meadows, quiet lakes, and a pretty good chance of seeing an elk. Winter is long in Jasper - and so is the season for snowshoeing, especially at higher elevation locations. On the days when the snowpack is thin, hike the trails instead, with a pair of icers tucked in your…

Rawson Lake in mid-June when the ice is leaving

Rawson Lake Alberta for Year-Round Hiking

The Rawson Lake hike in Alberta's Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is one of a few that you can do year-round, no matter what the weather throws at you. You can knock it off in half a day - whether you hike it in summer or snowshoe it in winter. It's family-friendly if your kids are regular hikers and are 8 years of age or older. If you want to do a full day of hiking,…

Taylor Lake

Best Places to Go Snowshoeing in Banff

Snowshoeing in Banff National Park is a fun, invigorating way to spend time outdoors in winter. It's hard to beat rosy cheeks and the glow you get after a few hours outdoors in Mother Nature. In Banff National Park, there are loads of trails to choose from - including some that will get your heart pounding for hours at a time. Don't worry though. There are plenty of easy, family-friendly options for those of you…

Looking out to the Mitchell Range in Kootenay National Park

Kootenay National Park in Winter – What to Do

Kootenay National Park, located in southeast British Columbia, is one of four national parks that make up the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you drive Highway 93 - the only major highway through the park, you get the feeling that much of the park remains untrampled and unexplored. Steep mountains, waterfalls galore, canyons, beautiful rivers and even a hot spring are all here waiting to be discovered. Kootenay National Park is…

Arrival at Ojibway Cabin in Quetico Provincial Park

Quetico Provincial Park for a Girl’s Getaway

I'm happy to have a few girlfriends who say yes to adventures most won't consider. Cue my friend of almost four decades - Jo. She has always wanted to visit Quetico Provincial Park in northwest Ontario, though a winter trip was perhaps not what she initially had in mind. To her credit, she said she was game for a stay in a simple cabin on a frozen lake, accessed via a 2 km snowshoe in.…

Rawson Lake covered in snow

Snowshoeing in Kananaskis – 9 Trails to Explore

Snowshoeing in Kananaskis Country is a rewarding way to spend a winter day. Many of the trails are just an hour from Calgary, while others can be closer to two hours depending on road conditions. There's a huge amount of variety - with respect to difficulty and terrain. Many of these trails fall into the dead easy category, but still they're very beautiful. If you want a workout with some mountain slendour, you'll have to…

The Hogarth Lake loop trail is accessed from the same trailhead as Burstall Pass

Hogarth Lakes Snowshoe Loop Trail

The Hogarth Lakes snowshoe trail in Kananaskis Country is a great one to do if you just have half a day. Even though it's easy to do it as a day trip from Calgary, it's way more fun if you can stay overnight in the area so you can take advantage of some of the other trails - without a 90 minute drive in each direction. While the Hogarth Lakes snowshoe outing doesn't get you…

Snowshoeing at Fortress Mountain

Fortress Mountain Snowshoeing Adventure

Even if you're a keen Alberta based snowshoer, there's a pretty good chance that you've never had a Fortress Mountain in Kananaskis Country. Access is restricted to snowshoe tours led by White Mountain Adventures, cat skiing with KPOW or film makers including those that make Hollywood movies like The Revenant, Inception and The Bourne Legacy. If you go to Fortress Mountain snowshoeing, don't expect to take pictures of anyone filming or the movie stars. That's…

Snowshoeing at Hiawatha Highlands in Sault Ste Marie

Hiawatha Highlands Snowshoeing Experience

If I was a resident of Sault Ste. Marie (located 675 km northwest of Toronto) I would be making twice weekly trips to Hiawatha Highlands to cross-country ski on trails that have been described as offering some of the continent's finest Nordic skiing. Located less than 10 minutes outside of "the Soo" in a rolling landscape  filled with stands of pines, hardwoods, creeks and waterfalls, a day trip to Hiawatha Highlands will leave you feeling…

Rawson Lake covered in snow

7 Places to Snowshoe Within 2 Hours of Calgary

If you live in Calgary, you've got heaps of snowshoeing options within a two hour drive of the city. Granted, after a big dump of snow you don't even need to leave the city but let's face it, that's a rarity in this city. Where should you snowshoe within two hours of Calgary? These nine places to snowshoe are all great options to get the happy hormones pumping in winter. These ideas are just the…


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