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6 Reasons to Love Jasper’s Outdoor Playground

Feb. 4, 2016
By Afton Aikens & John Strugnell

Jasper National Park with its vast wilderness is a winter enthusiast’s paradise.


Tourism Jasper

1. Explore by Snowshoe
Five Jasper trails are newly designated for snowshoeing and fat tire biking. “Snowshoeing is an affordable sport that allows trail users of all abilities to connect to the park,” says Joseph Zebrowski of Parks Canada. Find maps at the Information Centre; rental shops and tours are listed in our activities directory.


5 Outdoor Mountain Activities to try this Winter

Jan. 18. 2016
By Afton Aikens, Ashley Materi & Olivia Grecu

Visiting Banff or Canmore this winter? Whether you’re the do-it-yourself or take-a-tour type, the Canadian Rockies offer something for everyone. Get outside and explore!


1. Cross-Country Skiing
Banff cross-country skiers can ride Roam Public Transit to the Spray River Loop (by the Fairmont Banff Springs) or Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court loops (search our Banff shopping listings for gear rental shops). Downhill skiers can also ditch the car and take the bus to the resorts.


Old-Fashioned Mountain Activities: Part 1

By Afton Aikens & Lisa Stephens

Marvel at snow-capped peaks from the cozy comfort of a horse-drawn carriage, hot chocolate in hand. Or strap on snowshoes and venture deep into a valley glistening in winter glory. However you prefer to play, ’tis the season to explore Canada’s Rockies in all their snowy splendour.

This four-week post series will introduce you to dog sledding, snowshoeing, sleigh riding and cross-country skiing. Once essential modes of winter travel, these activities now entice people looking for good old-fashioned mountain fun in the great outdoors.

Photo: Cold Fire Creek Dog Sledding

Photo: Cold Fire Creek Dog Sledding


New Anti-Cruelty Sled Dog Protections Passed in BC


Photo: Kris Krüg

The adventure travel industry in Canada was cast in a negative light in 2010 when a mass grave of up to 100 dogs was discovered near Whistler, British Columbia. New legislation passed in BC this week aims to prevent mistreatment and gruesome killings of sled dogs. (more…)

15 Extreme Canadian Winter Activities

By Meghan Wilson-Smith

It doesn’t take long for Canadians to feel the doldrums of winter start to take hold. But, being the clever Canucks that we are, we’ve figured out exciting ways to make winter full of exploration and adventure. From cave exploration to kite boarding (on ice) to dog sledding, winter can be a time when your best vacation memories are made. Let’s stop hibernating! It’s time to appreciate Canada for the winter wonderland it is. (more…)

Montreal To Get a Snow Village

Lainio Snow Village in Finland (Photo by Visit Finland)

The CBC has gotten wind of a new snow village resort to be constructed on the Île Sainte-Hélène in downtown Montreal. The information was released (leaked?) via a flyer on Twitter. Plans for the snow village suggest it will have an ice bar, ice restaurant, ice hotel, ice wedding chapel, a spa, and something called a Panoramic Igloo. The CBC reports snowshoeing, dog sledding, and an ice replica of the city of Montreal among the attractions. (more…)