If you’re fanatical about winter, Alberta needs to be at the top of your travel list. Here are just some of the things you can do in Alberta this winter…
1) Tired out from all those winter activities? End your day by relaxing in the gorgeous Banff Hot Springs, or do as the locals do and go in the morning when it’s quieter. Soak in the steamy hot mineral water where travellers have gone to ‘take the waters’ for over a hundred years. Banff National Park’s only hot springs pool gives you an amazing authentic heritage experience that is a favourite among visitors!
2) Why not go cross-country skiing throughout the National Parks in Alberta? Skiers of all levels can enjoy the variety of skiable terrain available in Banff and Jasper National Parks. New skiers will enjoy the ease and quality of track-set trails; more experienced skiers will love the adventure of skiing into backcountry lodges, where you can expect a cosy night next to a fireplace.
3) Lace up your ice skating boots! Take to the ice and you’re sure to have one of the most iconic Canadian experiences ever. There are several maintained places to skate, including several rinks in Banff town and the iconic ice at Lake Louise. Bring your own skates or rent them from inside the beautiful Fairmount Chateau Lake Louise.
4) Look up in awe of the aurora borealis (that’s the Northern lights to me and you!). From September through mid-May, if you’re lucky you may spot the aurora borealis on a dark night in Banff National Park. Jasper National Park is a dark skies preserve so it’s a natural spot to look for the Northern Lights or just star gazing. Further north you can experience nature’s own fireworks at Fort McMurray.
5) Explore Maligne Lake, one of the largest natural lakes in the Canadian Rockies. It has many hiking and cross-country skiing trails surrounding it, making it a year-round destination. or try winter camping. There’s plenty of ways to explore; whether on foot, skis, snowshoes, or fat bike, the lake has something for everyone.
6) Set in the spectacular surroundings of Lake Louise, the Ice Magic Festival is a world class event with over 20 years of history. Watch as talented ice artists from around the world skilfully combine gruelling physicality with precision artistry in an ice carving competition. This event takes place in January, so be sure to book your trip to Canada for winter 2018 to experience the magic!
7) Dogsledding in the Canadian Rockies is the perfect way to relax and take in the scenic landscape. Being pulled along the frozen Alberta landscape is an unforgettable experience! You can try standing on the back of the sled and guiding the dogs or cosy up under a blanket and watch the breath-taking scenery.
8) And lastly, be sure to make the most of your trip by indulging in some authentic Rocky Mountain cuisine; it consists of high-quality, locally sourced ingredients such as game, fish, fresh berries and vegetables. Many restaurants in the province serve fresh ingredients sourced from the province, from farm to fork!
If you don’t have chance to visit this year, make sure you get your holiday booked for 2018 – you don’t want to miss out!
Check out our dedicated Alberta page here for more holiday inspiration.