Alberta’s Top Six Winter Adventures

Whether you're skiing down untracked powder or flying along in the back of a dogsled, there is never a shortage of life-affirming adventures in Alberta. Just remember to breath...

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+51° 1' 46.54" N, -115° 25' 13.02" W
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Whether you prefer groomed corduroy or backcountry powder, there's never a shortage of schussing options in Banff. Three nearby ski areas--Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Norquay--can all be skied on a single ticket. While a fourth, the nearly 1,700-acre Marmot Basin, is a quick drive to the north. Book your skiing adventure here.
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There's nothing like the thrill of dog sledding, where you zip across a frozen landscape while a team of barking huskies mush in unison. Stand at the back and drive the team if you're feeling frisky or just enjoy the ride underneath a cozy buffalo rug. Book your dog sledding adventure here.
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Explore circuitous canyons frozen in ice as you partake in a guided walking tour. Nearby excursions like Banff's Johnston Canyon are perfect for afternoon adventures, while an evening tour along the shoreline of Lake Minnewanka comes replete with roasted marshmallows and stargazing. Book your ice walking adventure here.
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Take in the otherworldly Northern Lights--a visual symphony of stars, colors and pulsating lights--from Jasper Dark Sky Preserve, the largest dark sky preserve in the world. Illuminated by these ghostly apparitions, the 11,228 square kilometer preserve is the perfect place to view the aurora borealis. Book your stargazing adventure here.
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Snowshoes allow you to easily track through layers of snow without sinking through. Explore deep forests that suddenly yield to fantastic vistas, or take a helicopter to the backcountry for a guided snowshoe tour across a frozen lake, then cap the trip with a gourmet lunch on a snowed-in island. Book your snowshoeing adventure here.
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The legendary, sun-soaked bowls of Sunshine Village and Lake Louise are perfect for snowboarding. Enjoy the dry, untracked powder pocketing these massive resorts, then indulge in a mountaintop meal at one of the many lodges dotting the slopes. Book your snowboarding adventure here.
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