How to enjoy a winter
Sledding and sleighing
It’s a paws-itively perfect way to enjoy the end of a winter’s
day. Canmore-based Mad Dogs & Englishmen Sled
Dog Expeditions offers a winter dogsled under the stars
Get cosy beneath blankets during the Sunset Sleigh
Ride at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or take a 45-minute
sleigh trip with Discover Banff Tours at Warner Stables.
In Red Deer, Heritage Ranch’s Sleigh Night Date offers
a private (and romantic) 30-minute sleigh ride through the
ranch, followed by a gourmet dinner with wine. Long-stemmed rose and box of chocolates? Check.
Skating beneath the stars
Lace up and lighten up at Grande Prairie’s
skating pond in Muskoseepi Park, Old’s
skating pond in Centennial Park or at one
of Medicine Hat’s free, public outdoor
Among Edmonton’s many outdoor skating rinks,
William Hawrelak Park features the 10-day (Feb.
12-21) Silver Skate Festival. The festival’s nighttime
programming features live music, roaming performers
and a lantern walk.
Calgary’s Olympic Plaza, across from city hall, attracts
skaters throughout the winter. Warm up with a hot
chocolate in Arts Commons, just a few steps from the ice
surface, or grab something from the many eateries along
Squeeze fun out of winter nights by getting out and
having an adventure, even if you only have a few
hours. Here are family-friendly activities across the
Mt. Norquay in Banff National Park features
the only weekly night skiing in Banff-Lake
Louise, including a fully lit terrain park.
Lake Louise Ski Resort has torchlight dinners
and skiing for adults and children; visit skilouise.
com for details.
Downhill ski, cross-country ski and snowboard at night
at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park (COP) or Edmonton’s
Rabbit Hill Snow Resort.
Just bundle up, grab a mug of hot chocolate
and look upward. The easiest way to see
some of the 200 billion stars in our galaxy
is to get outside your town or city to escape
light pollution. The less artificial light around you, the
more the stars will shine.
Lethbridge is one of the best places in Canada to
view the stars. From September to March—weather
permitting—the Lethbridge Astronomy Society holds
public observing sessions on the last Saturday evening of
Around Fort McMurray is one of the best places to view
the aurora borealis phenomenon. The area is within the
zone of maximum aurora events during nighttime hours.
Alta-Can Aurora Tours shows visitors the northern lights
at a well-equipped site.
Wood Buffalo National Park is the world’s largest
dark sky preserve. Restrictions on light pollution protect
nighttime wildlife and let Albertans see the stars and
northern lights in their full glory. Jasper National Park is
the world’s second largest dark sky preserve and Parks
Canada features interpretive programming.