How do you tackle the large land masses that stretch hundreds of miles from the U.S. border in the south to pristine and wild areas of the Canadian north? In small portions, right? When it comes to the Alberta, here are five fun options for winter adventurers:
1. Snowshoe and Fondue Tour Sunshine Village, a world-class resort in the Canadian Rockies, offers a signature snowshoe experience that takes guests above the tree line to a wintery landscape deep in the heart of Banff National Park. (Note: If you can walk, you can snowshoe.)
2. Johnston Canyon ice walk Groups traverse a series of steel catwalks to get spectacular views of the canyon. Friendly, certified guides hand out hot chocolate and maple cookies while describing the area’s history and geology.
3. Heli snowshoeing An adventure with Rockies Heli Canada includes a 20-minute heli-tour of the white-capped Rockies and a guided backcountry snowshoe trek with access to ridge lines and mountain passes that are impossible to get to any other way.
4. Hockey at Rogers Place This world-class arena just opened in Edmonton, and it’s a hot place to catch a National Hockey League game. Dining is available before or after the game at any of seven on-site restaurants.
5. Maligne Canyon ice walk and skiing On the ice-walk tour, guests explore frozen waterfalls, ice caves and incredible ice formations during a two-mile (mostly downhill) walk. Skiers in the group can enjoy the slopes in the morning, then join in for the afternoon ice walk.
To get details and itinerary suggestions, contact Travel Alberta’s Desiree Gibson or visit travelalberta.com.
Top photo: Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park
Photo by Tourism Jasper