Alberta, Canada Snowshoeing is like hiking in the winter. When ice and snow take over in an Alberta community the hiking trails, gravel roads, community pathways, and the frozen rivers and lakes transform themselves into snowshoeing trails.
Many parks, community pathways and nordic centres provide quality trails to explore by snowshoe in Alberta. Nordic centres maintain snowshoe trails and also provide many amenities like signed trails, a lodge, night lights, conference rooms, showers, lockers, washrooms, and/or restaurants. The most appreciated feature by snowshoers are the heated shelters located along the trails.
There are also snowshoeing trails which explore deep into the backcountry wilderness regions of the province. These trails are left to nature and are not maintained. The best backcountry trails in the Alberta wilderness tends to be the converted to snowshoe gravel access roads and the hiking, biking and horseback riding trails.
There is a good selection of tour companies, guides and winter ski resorts in Alberta who provide snowshoeing adventures. The stand alone operator and the ski resort usually provide snowshoeing lessons, snowshoes, equipment and an interpretive guide.
In the Rocky Mountain Region of Alberta the trails in the Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and throughout Kananaskis Country are snowshoe hot spots. In North Alberta some of the snowshoeing adventure destinations include Lesser Slave Lake, High Level and the Queen Elizabeth Provincial Park (Peace River). In Central Alberta snowshoe Miquelon Lake Provincial Park and Elk Island National Park (Edmonton) and the Willmore Wilderness Park (Grande Cache). In South Alberta visit Chain Lakes (High River); Fish Creek Provincial Park (Calgary); Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park and the Waterton Lakes National Park.
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