Kneeling down in a silent snow-shrouded forest, a visitor takes a closer look at the fresh tracks alongside the well-marked trail. Elk or maybe moose? Exploring a perfect winter wonderland is as easy as donning a pair of lightweight, manageable snowshoes.
Winter’s Wonderful Wildlife
There are more than 200 km of snowshoeing trails in Waterton Lakes National Park
, but the most popular locations are Cameron Lake and Crandell Lake. You won’t see many people, but wildlife such as elk, deer, bighorn sheep, moose, river otters, red squirrels, snowshoe hares and marten are common in the park during the winter months. Truly fortunate visitors might spot a cougar, bobcat or lynx.
Hike to a Hut
Considered sacred by First Nations, Cypress Hills Provincial Park
is criss-crossed with snowshoe and cross country ski trails
. Visitors can snowshoe into one of two backcountry huts and spend the night.
Nestled among towering mountain peaks and evergreen valleys in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
, the Chester Lake Trail
provides spectacular views of Burstall Pass. Visitors can overnight at nearby Mount Engadine Lodge
Discover the Aspen Parkland
More than 18 km of trails wind through rolling parkland past stands of white spruce and aspen groves at J.J. Collett Natural Area
, north of Lacombe
A Walk in the Woods
More than 130 km of maintained snowshoe trails make up the Birchwood Trails
in Fort McMurray
. The trails provide a close-up look at the boreal forest ecosystem.