Winter Activities to Discover
Experience the magic of winter in Canada as you try out these winter activities, hand picked for you. Bundle up, strap on your snowshoes or tie up your skates—its time to make the most of this snow-filled season!
You’re never too young, or too old, to enjoy the thrills of tobogganing! To get to Patterson hill, where the magic happens, go for a picturesque snowshoe or fat bike starting from the Pijeboogwek parking lot. It’s time to get your ‘boggan on this winter! Bundle up and share the ride, you’ll go faster with a full load!
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. Alternatively, strap-on a pair of snowshoes and float through freshly fallen snow as your 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 local Alma Rink— and be sure to stop by a local café for hot chocolate afterwards!
The crisp winter air and sound of snow crunching under foot makes Gros Morne National Park an enchanting winter wonderland to explore! Requiring minimal skill, snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the park’s trails this season. Bring a thermos or portable stove and enjoy a winter picnic or take the road less travelled—embark on a backcountry adventure at Burridges Gulch. From stunning vistas to open alpine highlands, Gros Morne embraces the magic of wintertime.
Quebec and Ontario
Ready for a frosty adventure? Rent some snowshoes and set foot on the beautiful yet challenging Lac-du-Pimbina Trail. Did you know this park is made up of 93% forest? See if you can spot the 30 different tree species residing at La Mauricie National Park. If you’re looking for an intermediate-level stroll, check out the stunning 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!
Snowshoe, 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!
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.
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. Want to learn more about the park while you stroll? Go for a guided hike led by our amazing volunteer leaders!
The Canadian Prairies
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. Round out your winter experience and fat bike through the gentle slopes of the main beach or town site!
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! Make sure to check out the ice shelter in mid-December and snap a quick picture to capture a moment from your wonderful day!
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!
Your next adventure is just a snowshoe or fat bike away! Explore the old-growth cedar and hemlock forests that frame the Soren Sorenson Trail. Accessible from the Nels Nelson parking area, discover the winter magic of the Columbia Mountains. You won’t want to miss out on this exciting, easy-to-access snow-filled excursion!
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.
Winter at Wood Buffalo National Park is filled with snow-capped scenery and astonishing views of the northern lights. Experience the magic of this Dark-Sky Preserve at the Pine Lake or Salt River day use area. Looking for a more energetic adventure? Grab your snowshoes and discover the untouched Grosbeak Lake Trail as you venture through dense boreal forest. Or, pack your skates and enjoy the amazing Pine Lakes outdoor rink. Bring a thermos and enjoy some hot chocolate out in the Salt River day use area after a day of outdoor entertainment.