8 places to go snowshoeing in and around Calgary this winter

Nov 6 2018, 9:07 pm

Winter hasn’t started yet, but that hasn’t stopped some places in and around Calgary from already seeing snow.

This is only good news for those who love winter-time activities.

While we may not all be too confident when strapped to a pair of skis, a day on the slopes can also be enjoyed while kicking it in a pair of snowshoes.

This being Alberta, there are plenty of great places to get your winter hiking in around Calgary, and we’ve put together some of our favourites below.

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Fish Creek Provincial Park

 

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Although some pathways in the park are cleared of snow during winter for easy access, you’re welcome to practice activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing if snow conditions allow. Just take a look at the map of trails and pick you’re favourite.

Location: Southeast Calgary

Nose Hill Park

 

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The park occupies 1129 hectares of land and it is located in the northwest part of Calgary. Nose Hill Park has numerous hiking trails (featuring both flat terrains and climbs) and dedicated off-leash areas, making it a must visit snowshoeing destination.

Location: 5620 14th Street NW

North Glenmore Park

 

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North Glenmore Park is 84 hectares long and it borders the north side of the Glenmore Reservoir. The park offers pedestrian and bike trails throughout, as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing areas in the winter (and fall, and spring) months.

Location: 7305 Crowchild Train SW

Confederation Park

 

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The 162 hectares park is located in the northwest part of Calgary. Confederation Park offers flat pathways, cross-skiing and snowshoeing areas, and it’s home of the annual Lions Festival of Lights and a golf course.

Location: 24th Avenue and 14th Street NW to 30th Avenue and 10th Street NW

Weaselhead Natural Environment Park

 

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Also know as Weaselhead Flats, the 237 hectares park borders the west end of the Glenmore Reservoir. The area counts with hiking trails, pathways, and it’s a great place to go snowshoeing while enjoying the beauty that nature has to offer.

Location: 66th Avenue and 37th Street SW

Kananaskis Valley

 

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According to Alberta Parks, there are 16 snowshoe trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and the Kananaskis Valley. Take a look at the map of trails to see which ones are open and the activities allowed in each trail.

Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area

 

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The Cross Conservation area has 4,800 acres of rolling foothills to explore. Snowshoeing is welcome during the winter months, and you may be joined by the many species of wildlife who call this conservation home.

Location: 722 11th Avenue SW

Chester Lake

 

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Chester Lake is a popular spot for both snowshoers and cross-country skiers. This intermediate trail is 10km round-trip and is usually completed in about four hours. Its terrain varies with steep slopes, areas to relax, and unbelievable views.

Location: From Canmore, take Spray Lakes Road south for 40 km

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