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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 Easy Hogarth Lakes Loop Snowshoe 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. This post includes some affiliate links. If you make…

A Snowshoeing Adventure at Fortress Mountain

Even if you're a keen Alberta based snowshoer, there's a pretty good chance that you've never had a Fortress Mountain snowshoeing adventure 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, don't go expecting to take pictures of anyone filming or the movie…

Snowshoeing at Hiawatha Highlands in Sault Ste. Marie

If I was a resident of Sault Ste. Marie (located 675 kilometres 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…

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 7 places are all great options to get the happy hormones pumping in winter. Snowshoeing 30 Minutes from Calgary The Ann and…

Things to do in Canmore on a 2 Day Winter Visit

Can you picture yourself soaking in a hot tub minutes after finishing a day of cross-country skiing in the mountains? Or drinking a local beer after an icy walk in a mountain canyon? If you answered yes, head to Canmore, a gem of a mountain town where there are lots of things to do in winter. It's only an hour's drive west of Calgary and just minutes from the gates of Banff National Park. If…

A Winter Visit to Beautiful La Mauricie National Park

If you live in the Montreal - Quebec City corridor then you've likely heard of and perhaps even visited La Mauricie National Park, located equidistant between the two cities. Albert van Dijk, Chief of Conservation Services in the park explains that "it's not as spectacular as other parks but it offers a great experience." If you compare La Mauricie National Park to the rugged beauty of Canada's mountain parks that might be true but in my…

What You Can Do in Winter in Grand Lake Colorado

The small town of Grand Lake Colorado - population 471 or thereabouts - sits on the shores of Grand Lake at an elevation of 8,369 feet. It's the gateway community to the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park and as such has all the services you need. Grand Lake Colorado is also a destination in itself. In summer the lake - the largest natural body of water in Colorado, becomes a recreational playground. In…

20 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Big White in Winter

Not only is Big White Ski Resort one of Canada's top family friendly ski destinations, it's been recognized by Vogue as being "Whistler's smaller and less popular but (just as pretty) sister." Big White is located in the Okanagan and easily reached from the Kelowna Airport via a 45 minute shuttle. This winter if you fly in on West Jet in the morning you can get your first afternoon of skiing free by showing your boarding pass…

87 Fabulous Things to Do in Canada in Winter

Canada in winter is the place to be if you love snow, cold and the outdoors. Unfortunately for many getting through a Canadian winter is an exercise in endurance and survival, with days and weeks checked off on the long road to the May long weekend. But it really doesn't have to be that way.  Invest in warm clothing. Change your mindset. And then try one of these 87 fabulous things to do in Canada in…

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