Top Winter Destinations in Alberta

winter destinations in alberta

Top Winter Destinations in Alberta

Whether you are on the look-out for a family adventure or a romantic getaway, winter is the perfect time to enjoy some of the best places in Alberta. During winters, the snow-blanketed landscapes are simply mesmerizing and become a snow-filled adventure zone. For a little inspiration, we have compiled a list of top winter destinations in Alberta. From Banff to Canmore, we’ve prepared an interesting line up of places you must visit. This year, stop dreading about the winter, and instead, venture out and explore the beauty of this Canadian province. Pack your bags and get ready to experience an amazing winter adventure.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park

The Banff National Park is undoubtedly one of the most visited winter destinations in Alberta. This picturesque destination encompasses spectacular mountain scenery, beautiful lakes, and ski resorts. Whether you enjoy cross-country skiing or want to explore the Banff Village by night, it’s your ideal destination for incredible winter adventures. The snowcapped Rocky Mountains transforms into a winter wonderland. Additionally, located right in the center of Alberta, Banff National Park offers an array of winter activities to enjoy. For adventure seekers, don’t forget to try the traditionally styled sleigh ride.

Lake Louise

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Lake Louise

Known as the crown jewel of Banff National Park, the beautiful turquoise colored water of Lake Louise is the most scenic location in Alberta. This picturesque location is a quick day trip from Calgary. During winters, the lake is frozen, and the trails are covered in snow. Lake Louise Ski Resort is also located nearby and is one of Canada’s most popular ski destinations. Well, not just limited to skiing, you can also enjoy snowboarding, dogsledding, snowshoeing and every other winter activity.

Canmore Alberta

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This charming mountain village is nestled amongst the beautiful Rocky Mountains and is a perfect blend of small-town with international sophistication. During winters, the village lights up for the holiday season and even hosts a winter carnival. You can also enjoy the stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and experience snowshoeing adventure. Adventure travelers can venture out to explore Canada’s most exciting caves and experience winter hiking through the Rockies.

Jasper National Park

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Jasper National Park

Get away from the humdrum of your busy lifestyle and go on a road trip to Jasper National Park. Although Jasper is the biggest national park in Canada, it is less touristy than Banff. From mountains to waterfalls to glaciers, Jasper has a lot to offer. The gorgeous blue river and the stunning frozen falls are a must-visit and truly a magical sight to witness. From ice walks to dogsledding, Jasper is a paradise for winter activities and outdoor excursions too. This is an ideal destination for family adventures.


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This winter, explore the Canadian badlands and Dinosaur Valley in Drumheller. Known as the dinosaur capital of the world, this town has a rich and unique heritage. From Royal Tyrrell Museum to Star Mine suspension bridge, Drumheller is a favorite amongst the history buffs. Although Drumheller is known as the ultimate “dinosaur destination”, there’s more to this beautiful place. You can also enjoy the breathtaking scenery while on a scenic stroll along the pathways of Drumheller. Finally, don’t forget to witness the remarkable Horseshoe Canyon sunrise as it gleams over sparkling snow.

Waterton Alberta

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Next on our list, you’ll find Waterton. Winter is an amazing time to unwind and enjoy the scenic views of the mountains. Catch a glimpse of the wildlife, experience a snowshoe trip to Crandell Lake, try cross-country skiing or simply witness the stunning frozen Cameron Falls. If you are a lucky wildlife enthusiast, you may even spot elks, red squirrels, deers, bighorn sheep, and mooses. Waterton Lakes National Park is also a World Heritage Site, and we are sure it will leave you awestruck.

Winter activities in Alberta

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Maligne Valley

Your magical winter holiday in Alberta is never complete without a visit to the Maligne Valley. Witness the frozen waterfalls and surreal ice formations at the Maligne Canyon, explore the winter scenery and adventure at the Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake is the largest natural lake in the Rocky Mountains. From crystal-clear water to towering glaciers, and picturesque Spirit Island, it has everything beautiful.

Ice Castles Edmonton

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Ice Castles

Finally, enchanting ice castles are an award-winning frozen attraction in Edmonton. This ultimate winter wonderland consists of manmade tunnels, slides, and caves. Photographers will love these stunning ice structures.

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