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Winter

Our Canadian Rocky Mountains are positively magical in winter. When your clients arrive in our gateway cities of Edmonton or Calgary, our alpine ski resorts are just hours away; skiers and snowboarders can visit several in a few short days. Everywhere they'll go is an abundance of the light, dry powder snow we are famous for. After a blissful day on the slopes, it's time to unwind in the lodge for some well-deserved apres ski. Iconic hotel castles, sumptuous chalets, backcountry lodges and crackling fires await your clients. 

Alberta offers a wide variety of other winter experiences. An ice walk through a canyon iridescent with frozen waterfalls will take their breath away. Invite them to try a private sleigh ride around a lake, or slip into a natural hot spring under the stars. Or run wild with the huskies as enthusiastic dog sled teams pull them through pristine wilderness. Recommend a snowmobile tour through northern Alberta's mind-blowing scenery, where your clients' only encounters might be moose, elk and bighorn sheep. 

Your clients can learn how to identify animal tracks in the fresh snow on a guided snowshoeing tour, and there are hundreds of cross-country skiing trails across the province for active off-piste adventures. Alberta offers the ultimate outdoor skating experience, from the frozen lakes of the Rockies to our urban centres and parks. 

Experiences

Culinary
Culinary

Come in from the cold, cheeks tingling, and tuck into a hot, comforting meal to warm you to the core. It’s the perfect way to end a day of skiing or other backcountry adventure in the Canadian Rockies, whether your clients opt for a pot of chili and a roaring fire in a cozy cabin at the ski resort, or head back to a Calgary restaurant to dine next to the toasty warmth of a wood-fired rotisserie. 

Dogsledding
Dogsledding

There are places where four wheels just can’t take you. But it’s amazing where a team of huskies on four legs can take your clients when they bundle up in the back of a sled to embrace winter in Alberta. Dogsledding is practically a rite of passage here. And there’s nothing like having your own private tour! 

Ice Walking
Ice Walking

The frozen canyons of the Rocky Mountains have to be seen to be believed. Your clients can hike along the walls of Johnston Canyon near Banff or witness the cascading icefalls of Jasper’s Maligne Canyon. The ice walk at Grotto Canyon, just outside Canmore, is full of hidden surprises. Professional guides provide everything you need – ice cleats, trekking poles, beverages and snacks. An evening tour along the shoreline of Banff’s Lake Minnewanka means stargazing, a cozy campfire, roasting marshmallows and sipping on hot chocolate as the ice crackles in the darkness.

Northern Lights
Northern Lights

Because our country is so far north, there are lots of places to view the aurora borealis in Canada. Many of the best are right here in Alberta. Home to the two largest dark sky preserves in the world – Wood Buffalo National Park to the north and Jasper National Park to the west – as well as an abundance of wonderful wilderness areas, Alberta has ideal locations for observing and photographing this captivating cosmic ballet. The legends and folklore of this spectacular phenomenon are brought to life for visitors to Fort McMurray on a northern lights tour.

Skiing Snowboarding
Skiing and Snowboarding

Alberta is one of the few places on earth blessed with the conditions that create the legendary, airy powder revered by skiers and boarders worldwide. Three world renowned ski resorts are located within Banff National Park – Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village. Your clients can ski them all on a single tri-area lift ticket. In Jasper National Park, Marmot Basin features the highest base elevation in Canada at 5,570 feet.

Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is fun and easy – if you can walk, you can snowshoe! Your clients will learn how to identify animal tracks in the fresh snow on a guided snowshoeing tour. Or they might prefer to hop on a helicopter and fly to the backcountry, then snowshoe to an island on a frozen lake for a gourmet lunch.

Spa
Spa

From urban centers to alpine parks, Alberta spas understand that energy and wellbeing are the main ingredients for a fulfilling vacation. Your clients can slip into rejuvenating mineral water heated naturally from deep within the earth. And if they’ve never had an outdoor pedicure on a rooftop terrace overlooking the mountains, now is the time!