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Chester Lake In Winter

Alberta in Winter – 10 Top Things to Do

Alberta is famous for its sunshine, blue skies & snow - all perfect excuses for getting outside on all but the coldest days in winter. If you're looking for winter fun check out these 10 exceptional activities in Alberta in winter that really showcase the best the season offers. All are personally tested save a couple of the festivals. Just be sure to dress for the weather in layers. Keep eating and drinking so you…

The Elmhirsts Resort Experience

Elmhirsts Resort Experience in Winter

A winter visit to Elmhirsts Resort on Rice Lake is a great way to beat the winter blahs. The resort offers a full menu of winter activities to keep everyone happy and as busy as they'd like to be. For anyone living in the Toronto - Ottawa corridor Elmhirsts Resort is very accessible - under two hours from Toronto and just over three hours from Ottawa. For me coming from Calgary it was a snap…

A Beautiful Warming Cabin And A Lookout Off The Snowy River Trail

6 Fun Things to Do in Hinton Alberta in Winter

There are loads of fun things to do in Hinton Alberta, the gateway to Jasper National Park in winter. However it's probably not the first place that comes to mind when you think of where to go on a winter weekend in the province. Banff and Lake Louise are perennial favourites but there's much to be said for finding less mainstream and more affordable towns to visit. As I discovered over a couple of days, Hinton…

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…

Skating In Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Alberta

Winter in Cypress Hills Alberta – What to Do

Down in Alberta's southeast corner within sight of the Sweet Grass Hills of Montana sits Cypress Hills Provincial Park, a four season beauty that has escaped the notice of almost all Albertans. Of course the folks in nearby Medicine Hat and parts of Saskatchewan know its winter secrets but do you? Mike Ratcliffe, the Head of Visitor Services in Cypress Hills Provincial Park tells me that "Cypress Hills Provincial Park is a winter playground with…

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…

Yukon Dogsledding

Yukon Winter Holiday for a Magical Time

The Yukon is a place of magic in the winter and a unique and unforgettable holiday destination. In a drama-filled landscape you can experience a host of guided winter activities that range from easy to adventurous. Throw in the warmth of the northern people and the great vibe you'll feel the minute you arrive in the Yukon and there's little doubt you'll leave the Yukon with a lifetime of memories. Why You Need to Go on a Yukon Winter Holiday   Northern…

Ice Climbing At Johnston Canyon In Banff National Park

Ice Climbing in Alberta – Where to Go

Have you ever thought about ice climbing in Alberta? I'd never given it any serious thought, until I was asked, I could even say coerced into saying yes, I'd give it a go. From what I'd seen of ice climbing in Alberta - both in Maligne Canyon and Johnston Canyon, it looked scary and quite frankly cold and unappealing. But once you've said yes to something, you change your tune and your thinking. If I…

Looking up the Bow River

What is the Best Winter Bike Ride in Banff

Are you wondering what the best winter bike ride is in Banff? Perhaps not - especially if you think bike riding is best done when there isn't any snow. But it's the snow that makes winter fat tire biking so much fun. John and I picked up two fat tire bikes from Soul Ski and Bike in downtown Banff conveniently located two doors down from Wild Flour Bakery. We didn't want a hard bike ride in…

A Dead Car At The Side Of The Trans-Canada Highway Near Golden

Survive a Winter Drive With These 15 Safety Tips

I hate driving in winter - especially on snowy days in the mountains. I feel like I'm always courting death especially when massive semi-trailers rumble by, dousing my entire car in a snowy mixture that leaves me blinded for a few seconds. Here are lessons I learned on how to survive a winter drive from years of close calls and neat misses. I penned this post after our experience on a drive to to Silver Star…

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