Whether you explore by skis, skates, snowshoes or foot, there are plenty of ways to fully embrace the season once the snow flies.
Lace up your skates then glide on down the river trail on the frozen Red and Assiniboine Rivers. As you crisscross the ice, check out and snap selfies at the stunning Warming Huts that have been celebrated in the New York Times, LA Times and countless design publications. Also on site is Arctic Glacier Winter Park featuring tobogganing, skating and more unique winter activities.
For snow-mazing adventures, head to the world’s largest snow maze (as verified by Guinness) at A Maze in Corn. As you navigate this maze spanning more than 30,000 sq. ft. and 1,300 meters of snow-packed walls, you’ll encounter fire pits, various snow sculptures and other fun surprises tucked along these polar passageways. Afterward, whizz down the snow mountain toboggan run. Thrill seekers will love flying down the giant luge – a 60 ft. slide. The 18+ crowd can cap off the adventure off with a visit to the snow bar for spiked hot cocoa and other libations.
You’ll glide past snow-capped trees while cross-country skiing along groomed trails at Windsor Park Nordic Centre. Here, you’ll find rentals and lessons available as well. For those looking for a bit of downhill ski or snowboarding action, head to Springhill Winter Sports Park where lessons, rentals and a tubing park are all included in the outdoor fun.
Feel the wind whizz through your hair as you take your toboggan for a spin on a winter slide or hill. Bunn’s Creek Park in River East offers both, plus lighting and an attendant on most days. Other slides include Crescent Drive Park, Fraser’s Grove Park, Kildonan Park, St. Vital Park and Whittier Park. For those looking for a hill, Assiniboine Park, Civic Park, Harbourview Recreation Complex and Westview Park (aka Garbage Hill) are some local favourites with more information here.
Immerse yourself in nature without leaving the city at FortWhyte Alive. Listen to the crunch of snow underfoot while snowshoeing, feel the thrill of the catch while ice fishing and enjoy the fresh air while tobogganing, cycling and countless special events and experiences to enhance your visit. Stroll through the woods, making sure to climb the viewing mound to catch a glimpse at the urban bison herd.