Gateway Gazette

It’s a Winter Wonderland in Alberta’s Parks!

A blanket of snow and mild winter weather are creating the perfect conditions to get outdoors and enjoy some seasonal fun in Alberta’s provincial parks.

Whether it’s a high-energy afternoon of tobogganing with the kids, cross-country skiing through a still winter forest or skating on a frozen lake, winter activities abound at parks from Fort McMurray to Cypress Hills to Grande Prairie to Cold Lake.

“Albertans have a wonderful winter playground in our provincial parks. I encourage everyone to forgo their hibernation and take advantage of the winter programs and services that range from the traditional to the unique.”

~ Kyle Fawcett, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

Winter activities such as ice fishing, disc golf, snowshoeing and camping can be discovered at AlbertaParks.ca, a one-stop shop for all things provincial parks. The website also includes trail reports to help visitors prepare for their adventure.

A few Alberta Parks regional highlights for outdoor enthusiasts include:

  • Skating at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park (ice rink is located near the park centre);
  • Wildlife watching on the large network of trails at Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Recreation Area;
  • Ice fishing in Wildhorse, Kinky, Emerson and Pierre Greys lakes and in all of Switzer Parks’ five lakes;
  • Luge or backcountry hut rental at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park;
  • Camping in heated cabins at Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park;
  • Snow/Fat biking in Kananaskis Country; and
  • Snowshoeing and hiking in Saskatoon Island Provincial Park.

A provincial park or provincial recreation area exists within one hour’s drive of every Alberta community, so opportunity abounds to spend outdoor quality time with friends and family this holiday season.

(Alberta Parks)

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