Winter activities to discover
Experience the magic of winter in Canada as you try out these winter activities. Bundle up, strap on your snowshoes or tie up your skates, it’s time to make the most of this snow-filled season!
Gros Morne National Park
Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
The crisp winter air, the sound of the snow crunching under your feet… Gros Morne National Park is a true winter wonderland. Explore the park’s most beautiful snowshoe trails at your leisure and contemplate the snow-covered forest to recharge your batteries. Bring a thermos or portable stove and take the opportunity to enjoy a winter picnic. Are you a more seasoned explorer? Embark on a backcountry adventure at Burridges Gulch in the Southeast Hills. With its breathtaking scenery and alpine highlands, Gros Morne National Park is the perfect place to soak up the magic of winter.
Kouchibouguac National Park
Location: New Brunswick
You’re never too young or too old to enjoy the thrills of tobogganing in Kouchbouguac National Park! Make your way to Patterson Hill via snowshoe or fat bike from the Pijeboogwek parking lot. Bundle up and share the ride, you’ll go faster with a full load! Prefer a gentler adventure? Take one of the two trails designed for winter walking and bring a thermos of coffee or hot chocolate to enjoy at the shelter at the end of the trail.
Fundy National Park
Location: New Brunswick
The fun doesn’t have to stop once winter arrives in Fundy National Park! Listen to the satisfying crunch of snow as you pedal your fat bike through the winter trail system. Or, strap-on a pair of snowshoes and float through freshly fallen snow as you travel through dense spruce forest. Take part in a Fundy tradition and enjoy the rush as your toboggan glides down the groomed slopes of the Headquarters Bowl. For an evening outing, try the Alma Rink and be sure to stop by a local café for hot chocolate afterwards!
Quebec and Ontario
La Mauricie National Park
Ready for a frosty adventure? Strap on your snowshoes and set foot on the beautiful yet challenging Lac-du-Pimbina Trail. See if you can spot the 30 different tree species residing at La Mauricie National Park. Feeling adventurous? Treat yourself to an intermediate-level hike on the breathtaking Mekinac Trail! With 8 trails to choose from, find the perfect trail for your ability. Grab a friend or two, pack some snacks and start planning your trip now!
Lachine Canal National Historic Site
Snowshoe, ski, fat bike, or walk a winter trail in the heart of Montreal’s downtown! From lock Saint-Gabriel to lock Côte-Saint-Paul— you can experience the perfect mix of city life and the great outdoors. With its blue skies and sparkling snow, Lachine Canal National Historic Site is a must-see this frosty season!
Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
Admire vivid winter skies as you glide on frozen Lake Superior. Skate the Ice Trail, accessible from the Red Rock Marina and soar through its winding loops, day or night! For another type of adventure, snowshoe from the Red Rock Trailhead up to the magnificent viewing platforms at Lloyd’s Lookout and get ready to soak in the panoramic views of Nipigon Bay.
Rouge National Urban Park
Get your outdoor fix with a visit to Rouge National Urban Park for an unforgettable winter experience. Go for a frosty walk or snowshoe through deciduous forests and keep an eye out for the many of species of birds that reside here.
The Canadian Prairies
Riding Mountain National Park
Head to Riding Mountain National Park and explore 3000 km² of frozen wonderland! Bundle up and venture along Clear Lake South Shore to Boat Cove to Frith Beach as you snowshoe through drifts of glistening snow. Complete your winter experience and try fat biking on the gentle slopes of the main beach or town site!
Prince Albert National Park
Take in the stunning view of Waskesiu Lake as you venture through blankets of snow at Prince Albert National Park. Grab your snowshoes, skates, or ice fishing gear— fun at Prince Albert National Park is endless!
Elk Island National Park
Explore snow-covered hills amidst frost-tipped trees as you snowshoe through the Astotin Lake recreation area. For an unforgettable evening, bring a headlamp and skate under the stars of the Beaver Hills Dark-Sky Preserve! Finish the night off at a winter campsite, you can even bring your furry friend!
Mount Revelstoke National Park
Location: British Columbia
Your next adventure is just a snowshoe or fat bike away in Mount Revelstoke National Park! Explore the old-growth cedar and hemlock forests that frame the Soren Sorenson Trails (2 km and 5 km loops). Accessible from the Nels Nelson parking area, discover the winter magic of the Columbia Mountains. You won’t want to miss out on this easy-to-access snow-filled excursion!
Wood Buffalo National Park
Location: Northwest Territories
Experience the magic of this Dark-Sky Preserve! Winter in Wood Buffalo National Park is filled with snow-capped landscapes and astonishing views of the northern lights. Explore the dense boreal forest from the Grosbeak Lake Trail or bring a thermos and enjoy a hot chocolate in the Salt River day-use area to end your excursion. Looking for an easy adventure? Make the Pine Lake day-use area your base camp for a snowshoe or ski outing on the stunning frozen lake. You can even spend the night in a historic cabin. What are you waiting for? Go outside and play!
Kluane National Park Reserve
Location: Yukon Territory
Discover sparkling snow amongst rugged mountains at Kluane National Park, where you are guaranteed to have a blast this season! Try ice fishing on Kathleen lake, or snowshoe the winding trail of the Dezadash River as you discover frost tipped poplar and spruce forests. Tired after a long day of winter adventures? Roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the campfire at Kathleen Lake as the northern lights dance in the night sky above.