A lot of people look at us like we’re crazy when we say we’re going hiking in the winter but honestly, winter is the best time to explore our beautiful backyard.
Bluebird skies, fluffy white snow and the absence of crowds all come together for the perfect experience. Thanks to Alberta’s dry cold, all you have to do is throw on an extra layer to keep warm and you’re set. We also never forget to reward ourselves with some hot chocolate and poutine on the way home 😉
Take advantage of Canada’s longest season (by far) and try out our top winter walks:
1. Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park
This really is one of the best winter walks that Banff has to offer. Johnston Canyon is one of those hikes that is arguably MORE beautiful in the winter. This winding walkway takes you way back into the depths of an enormous canyon, with the walls rising up either side of you and several absolutely stunning waterfalls along the way. If you’re never seen a frozen waterfall, you’re in for a treat! Check out our blog for more information about this beautiful walk, here.
2. Grotto Canyon, Bow Valley Provincial Park
Grotto Canyon is a hidden gem located near Canmore filled with lots of frozen waterfalls, big canyon walls, snow capped trees and a gorgeous valley when it opens up at the end. This is a place where you can take your dog for a scenic walk in the wilderness or just get lost in the epic shadows of the mountains. Bonus points if you can locate the cave hidden somewhere way up high along the way (and serious kudos if you have the balls to climb up to it!). If you’re looking for more information on Grotto Canyon, make sure you check out our post on our recent experience here.
3. Elbow Falls, Kananaskis Provincial Park
Here’s a winter walk that takes almost no effort to find or do – perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Located about 45 minutes from Calgary in Kananaskis Country near Bragg Creek, you’ll find the majestic Elbow River winding through the valley and cascading down a steep drop. Take a walk along the river and build a snowman and make sure you check out the tobogganing hill on your drive back! Bragg Creek is an excellent place to stop for a cup of hot apple cider or mulled wine to warm yourself up – it’s a quaint, western themed town located off Highway 22.
We’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and we look forward to sharing our adventures with you in 2016! Keep warm out there 🙂
As the winter continues, make sure to check back on updates on more winter walks in the Rockies. Thanks for reading and make sure you check us out on Instagram -@wzylouisey // @elite.yyc