Visit Alberta and experience a real life winter wonderland with scenic views and delightful activities that will make everyone feel like Elsa and Anna from Frozen 2! Instead of watching winter wonderlands on screen why not experience one as a family?
Alberta, Canada is a magical winter wonderland and perfect for a family getaway this winter. Alberta is a province in western Canada, home to the gorgeous Canadian Rockies, the amazing cities of Calgary and Edmonton, and a diverse landscape that ranges from prairies to badlands to seemingly endless forests.
In the winter months Lake Louise and Banff come alive, from snowshoeing to icy festivals there is no shortage of winter magic.
Snowshoeing – One of the most accessible adventure opportunities in the winter is snowshoeing. Snowshoeing in Banff and Lake Louise is one of the most incredible ways to explore Banff and Lake Louise in the winter, with a guarantee of finding yourself in a seemingly untouched area of Banff National Park
Festivals – Plant an Albertan outside long enough and a festival is guaranteed to pop up, especially in Calgary and Edmonton, the big cities of Alberta with small-town hearts. Enjoy a variety of events in the winter time including:
- SnowDays: is a time for us to embrace winter and celebrate everything during this stunning time of year in the Canadian Rockies that creates warmth from within – ice skating, skiing, or snowshoeing with family and friends, enjoying a hot chocolate by an outdoor fire, or even enjoying locally made craft spirits in a unique outdoor setting.
- Ice Magic: a world-class ice carving event that takes place on the shores of Lake Louise. The town of Banff comes alive at this time with massive snow sculptures created before your eyes, play zone areas for families, and much more.
- Airdrie Festival of Lights: a beautiful, outdoor walk-through lights experience, with about a million dollars’ worth of displays and other special features. Western Canada’s largest free, outdoor walk-through Christmas light display also offers a miniature trains rides to carry the whole family around preset paths, open bonfires to savor that cup of hot chocolate, treats and even do some Christmas shopping in Santa’s Workshop for the whole month of December.
Johnston Canyon Ice-Walk – If you’d prefer to take in Johnston Canyon from the ground and watch the ice-climbers from afar, the icy trail is a must-experience in the winter. You’ll want to rent crampons from a rental shop like Snowtips-Bactrax to ensure your stability, or you could join an interpretive tour provided by Discover Banff Tours.
Next month Disney+ will be premiering the movie Togo starring Willem DaFoe. The upcoming film features the story of the sled dog, Togo, who led the 1925 serum run, even though he was considered too small and weak to lead such an intense race.
Explore the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Calgary, where principal photography for the film took place. Enjoy Calgary’s beauty, cool eateries, nightlife beyond honky-tonk, and long, worthwhile to-do list.
Snowy Owl Sled Dogs Tours – meet the Snowy Owl dogs that appeared in the movie Togo! Grip the handlebar as you take your place on the sled runners. Inhale the crisp mountain air, exhale as your frosty breath surrounds you while your sled dog team guides you through the Canadian Rockies.
Add Alberta to your winter travel bucket-list and experience a magical winter wonderland.