Winter activities and special events
Date Event All winter Enjoy many of Kouchibouguac winter activities like cross-country skiing and geocaching or try something different with our new snowshoeing and fat biking trails. November 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 Rustic Shelter Winter Accommodations
For those looking for a unique winter experience in the area, three rustic shelters are available for overnight ski or snowshoe adventures in a safe and cozy environment.
Date Event All winter Snowshoeing and Winter Walking
Visitors are welcome to snowshoe or walk in the park. Trails are not maintained during the winter months however. Make sure to dress properly and be prepared for the elements. We do not provide a snowshoe rental service, so please be sure to bring your own.
All winter Sliding / Tobogganing
The perfect spot to feel the wind on your cheeks and to let yourself go. The Headquarters tobogganing hill is a great place for the entire family to spend an afternoon.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Date Event January to April 2018 Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Touring
Gros Morne National Park has all the ingredients for great backcountry skiing and snowshoeing experiences: coastal mountains with heavy snowfalls, lowland forests, treeless alpine highlands, and stunning vistas. Trips can range from short roadside excursions to multi-day adventures involving camping or overnight stays in one of two backcountry ski huts in the park.
Date Event All winter Cross-country skiing and fat bike
This winter enjoy cross-country skiing and snow biking in a breathtaking setting.
Date Event All winter Come discover La Mauricie National Park decked out it in its most spectacular winter finery. Experience this wonderland and its exceptional cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Our wintertime offering allows visitors to enjoy these activities during a single day’s outing or as part of a longer stay.
The Canadian Prairies
Date Event All winter Top 10 Winter Activities in Riding Mountain National Park
Everything from cross-country skiing, skating under the stars, ice fishing on the lake, to cozy nights in a Parks Canada oTENTik!
February 8-11, 2018 Winter Adventure Weekend
Play boot hockey, build quinzhees, eat chili, ski trails, make s’mores, cross country ski, enjoy a southern barbeque, or participate in our own version of the Winter Olympics. Activities are always changing, so make sure you visit Riding Mountain National Park or Friends of Riding Mountain for more information.
Date Event All winter Prince Albert National Park is open year-round and winter is an excellent time to explore the park without the crowds. Explore a million acres of snow-covered wilderness. Cruise down a cross-country ski trail, float across the snow on a pair of snowshoes, relax by the campfire with friends and family, or listen to the call of the wolves in the distance. The winter park awaits and warmly welcomes you! All winter Cross-country Skiing
Have a true Canadian winter experience! Ski one of the many family-friendly trails then head to an enclosed shelter to warm up by fire. Trails are groomed by the Waskesiu Ski Club.
Date Event Various times Aaah…
Relax and soak in the incredible view of the alpine scenery from the Banff Upper Hot Springs’ steamy waters. Originally discovered in 1884 on the slopes of Sulfur Mountain, Banff Upper Hot Springs are the highest in Canada and one of Banff National Park’s most famous attractions. The historic bathhouse boasts numerous amenities including a café, a gift shop, a towel and swimsuit rental service, and a modern pool.
Date Event Mid-November 2017 through April 2018 One of the Longest Ski Seasons
Breathe cool, spruce air while the winter light casts long, blue shadows. Banff’s ski season is one of the longest in North America, running mid-November through April.
Late December 2017 through early April 2018 Snowshoeing
Prime snowshoeing is available late December through early April, but be aware that avalanche hazard begins in November and persists through May. Designated winter trails follow portions of summer hiking trails but not all sign-posted destinations are safe for winter travel. Use the winter trail guides to choose a safe and fun destination.
Last weekend of November Banff Craft Beer Festival (in partnership with Banff & Lake Louise Tourism)
Date Event Select Saturdays December through March Snowshoe & Stargaze
Trek over the snow and gaze into a star-filled sky. Following a short guided hike on snowshoes you’ll enjoy snacks around a fire and learn about the night sky above. Max 20 participants. Registration is required.
Noon - 4:00pm
Family Day Festival
Enjoy iconic Canadian winter experiences and create family memories in a winter wonderland! Head out on trails to experience the rolling snow covered landscape of the Beaver Hills. Feeling more adventurous? Spend time tobogganing, throwing snowballs, and searching for animal tracks. Stay warm throughout the afternoon with a warm fire and some delicious winter treats.
Weekends December through March Drop-in programming
Join a friendly park interpreter around a glowing fire at the Astotin Lake Recreation Area in the afternoon for drop-in programs. Activities vary every weekend
All winter Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing is a magical way to explore snow-covered trails. Blaze your path on over 80 km of trails or across open grasslands. Daily snowshoe rentals are available at the Visitor Centre.
All winter Ice Skating
Sun shimmers off the ice illuminating the blanket of snow around you as you skate past the islands in Astotin Lake. Bring your skates and a friend to share this magical winter view!
All winter Winter Camping
Winter camping creates unforgettable memories for those who conquer cool winter conditions. Gather your winter gear and head to Astotin Lake Campground to take on the challenge. Campers must register at the Visitor Centre or self-registration station.
Date Event All winter Winter is an excellent time to enjoy mountain scenery and the serenity of the park. Opportunities abound to celebrate winter: enjoy wildlife viewing and photography; snowshoeing and cross-country skiing; ice climbing and ice skating; or even a walk and a picnic on a beautiful day. Date Event All winter From snowshoeing to fat biking to wildlife viewing to skiing, there is no shortage of things to do in Jasper National Park.
Date Event November 12 & 26, December 3, 10 & 17, January 28, February 11 & 25, March 11 & 25 Cannery Farmers’ Market
Held indoors in the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, this winter market offers visitors the chance to wander among tables featuring locally produced baked goods, preserves and handcrafted items. Check for details on canneryfarmersmarket.org
March 16-29, 2018 Spring Break at the Cannery
Join our family-friendly activities throughout Spring Break, March 16 to 29. Pick up a Parks Canada Xplorers booklet for fun activities to do in the Cannery, with a souvenir prize when you’re done.
March 30, 31 & April 1, 2018 Easter at the Cannery
Join the annual Easter-themed Salmon “Egg” Hunt inside the Cannery museum for prizes + kids’ crafts, games, and more. Look for appearances by the Easter Salmon!
Date Event Various times Take a Winter Road Trip
Located in British Columbia, Kootenay National Park features Radium Hot Springs, the largest facility of its kind in Canada. Take a winter road trip and marvel at stunning views of snow-capped mountain peaks, glacier-fed rivers and burnt forests along the 94 kilometres of Kootenay’s historic Banff-Windermere Highway (today BC Hwy #93). After an afternoon spent exploring the park, finish your trip with a relaxing soak in Radium Hot Springs’ soothing mineral waters. The weather outside may be chilly, but it’s always 39 °C here!
Date Event All winter A Variety of Winter Activities
The Chilkoot Trail and adjacent White Pass are a popular destination for Whitehorse and Skagway residents and visitors. Enjoy cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and winter camping at a national historic site in the heart of the northern wilderness.
Date Event All winter A Winter Wonderland!
Winter time fun in Kluane begins as soon as the snow arrives and the lakes freeze over, but the longer days of February and March are generally the best months for winter recreation. Cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, backcountry camping and snowmobiling are all fun-filled opportunities in Kluane National Park and Reserve.