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Grotto Canyon Ice Walk

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…

Beautiful Views Snowshoeing In La Mauricie National Park

La Mauricie National Park on a Winter Visit

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…

Snowshoeing Near Grand Lake Colorado

Grand Lake Colorado – What to Do in Winter

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…

A Father-son Playing Hockey At Big White

20 Big White Photos to Inspire a Visit to the Ski Resort

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." It offers loads to do on and off the mountain as you'll see in the 20 Big White photos. I have visited Big White three times now and marvel at how much there is to do off the mountain. The Big White photos…

Beautiful Lake Louise In Winter

Things to Do in Canada in Winter – 87 Ideas

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…

Places to Snowshoe in Alberta – 8 Great Ideas

There's nothing like big dumps of snow in the mountains to get you motivated to get outside, especially in Alberta on days when you have the magic combo of blue skies with awe-inspiring mountain scenery. Need some suggestions on where to go? Described are eight of the best places to snowshoe in Alberta - personally tested! Places to snowshoe in Alberta - Medicine Lake – Watchtower Canyon, Jasper National Park  Medicine Lake is a very popular…

Leaving Watchtower Canyon

Things to Do in Jasper National Park in Winter

If you are a traveler with an adventurous spirit then you'll love Jasper in winter. For a diverse selection of things to do in Jasper in winter, you'll be thrilled at what's available both in town and in Jasper National Park. Things to do in Jasper - go downhill skiing or snowboarding at Marmot Basin Marmot Basin is a ski and snowboard resort close to Jasper. Some hotels offer a shuttle service or you can…

You Do Have To Watch For Open Water

Watchtower Canyon Snowshoeing, Jasper

I have succumbed to the charms of winter in Jasper. Apart from the mountain studded blue skies, sunshine and warm temperatures - even in February, it's the sheer number of adventures available within minutes of town that has me hooked. I could live here. While the snowshoeing in Jasper National Park is divine, there is lots more to do in the area including fabulous downhill skiing at Marmot Basin and the thrill of climbing a…

Scenery On A Blue Sky Day While Sunshine Village Snowshoeing

Sunshine Village Snowshoeing Experience

Recently John and I were guests of Sunshine Village, a ski resort in Banff National Park. While most people head to the resort for downhill skiing - just as we did on one of the days, there is the option to take a Sunshine Village snowshoeing tour. This isn't just any snowshoeing tour - but one called a Canadian Signature Experience. What sets the Sunshine Village snowshoeing tour apart from your average  tour? The tour…

View Of The Rocky Mountains From The Chester Lake Trail

Chester Lake Snowshoe in Kananaskis Country

The Chester Lake snowshoe is one of the prettiest snowshoeing outings you can do in Alberta. It's also one of the most popular ones, so unless it's a cloudy weekday, expect some company. Dogs are allowed on a leash too. It's a full day trip to do the Chester Lake snowshoe from Calgary as the drive is a solid 90 minutes each way. If you want to splurge, I highly recommend a stay at nearby…

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