With an average of 55 days of snowfall and a total of 154cm of powder each year, the Grande Prairie region is a literal winter wonderland for those seeking the best winter activities. But the slopes are only the beginning – there’s plenty of fun to be had without having to fork out for a lift pass. Read on for a round-up of our favourite winter activities and find out how you can maximize your winter fun!
Pickup trucks hauling snowmobiles are a very common sight in the Grande Prairie region in winter and for good reason. That snowfall we were talking about a minute ago gives us an extra-long snowmobiling season (Oct-Apr), and with plenty of untapped wilderness around us to explore, there’s always a new landscape to discover.
Where: You can find good snowmobile routes almost anywhere, but in particular, the Kakwa area is known for lush powder and mountainous terrain – perfect for cruising.
Ice fishing is one of the quintessentially Peace Country experiences, and you don’t need mountains of high-tech gear to get started. All you really need is a line, a hook, an auger, a stool, plenty of warm clothing – and a bit of patience! Our focused blog here goes into greater detail about getting started.
The calm and silence of a snow-covered forest in winter is truly magical, and cross-country skiing or snowshoeing is the best way to experience it. Escape the bustle of the city and make fresh trails – read our dedicated blog for more details.
Community rinks for public use are a Grande Prairie region tradition – you can find people taking their first steps on skates alongside people who have skated their entire lives in almost every town and hamlet. Check out our complete guide here.
Winter fun doesn’t get much simpler than tobogganing – buy a sled, find a hill, go wild! There are plenty of slopes all over the Grande Prairie region for the young (and young-at-heart) to slip and slide the snowy days away.
Where: This handy guide lists over half a dozen locations in Grande Prairie alone.