Six Ideas For Winter Adventures in Alberta

Posted on: November 24, 2017

With winter here (and winter adventures in Alberta officially here) and the holidays coming, activities in the Lakeland are undergoing their own seasonal shift. Out are long hikes on backcountry trails and in comes ice fishing, x-country skiing, snow-shoeing, even dog sledding.

Snow sports aren’t only possible in the Rockies: if you’re headed up our way then you might not find too many black diamond slopes, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy the snow and experience your winter adventures in Alberta.

 

Cross Country Skiing

With thousands of miles of trails (including the huge, historic Iron Horse Trail), the Lakeland is perfect for cross-country skiing. You’ll need similar clothing and equipment to downhill skiing, so if you already own skis and pole then you’ll just need some warm clothes and a sturdy backpack (and a thermos of soup of coffee for when you take a rest.) Cross Country skiing is pretty strenuous, particularly if you’re going uphill, so it’s a great replacement for when the weather means that you can’t go jogging.

You can learn about the region’s trails here

 

Skiing and Snowboarding

If you’re looking something faster and more viscerally exciting for your winter adventures in Alberta, then skiing and snowboarding are still possibilities. Although the Rockies have world-class snow sports, there are still some options for cutting up powder in the Lakeland.

Kinosoo Ridge snow resort has thirteen slopes, including two which are black diamond-rated, and over 60 acres of snow. Equipment rentals and lessons are available to get you started, and group programs are available. The site also hosts everything from music festivals to corporate retreats.

 

Ice Fishing

This winter sport is popular and complex enough that it warranted its own article, but the basics are that you go out on thick, safe ice, drill a whole and put down a fishing line until you get a bite. Like regular fishing, it’s a relaxing past-time that rewards care, patience and research (adrenaline junkies will want to give it a miss.) The Lakeland’s plentiful lakes are home to populations of perch, northern pike, walleye, whitefish and burbot. Be sure to observe the province’s fishing regulations and get the correct licence before heading out.

 

Ice Skating

Most towns and even small villages have their own skating rinks, and many lakes are suitable for a few piourettes too. As one of the least equipment-intensive, easiest to pick up winter sports, ice skating is understandably popular around the world. Most rinks will rent skates, but you can always bring your own- second-hand stores will often have quite a few good quality skates that were worn by high-school hockey players.

You can find a full list of skating rinks here.

 

Snowshoeing

You can snowshoe anywhere that you can walk, so this winter adventure in Alberta Lakeland region is perfect for this gentle winter pursuit. You can bring poles, using them much like you would when skiing, or just use snowshoe themselves- they cost anywhere from $50 to $100. If you’re feeling really adventurous, and you’ve got some good winter clothing, try snow-shoeing the length of the Iron Horse Trail.

 

Hunting

While many animals hibernate or migrate for the winter, you’ll still find plenty of wildlife in the Lakeland. Going up against the elements as well as your prey adds an extra layer of difficulty, and therefore fun, to winter hunting. Elk, coyotes, bighorn sheep, cougar, deer and various game birds are all still around in the winter, though bears will be hibernating. You can start to get kitted out for hunting at Lac La Biche Sporting goods.

 

The climate may be very, very different from what it was a few months ago, but there’s always winter adventure in Alberta that you can experience in the Lakeland.

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