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Free (And Almost Free) Winter Activities
in the Grande Prairie Region

Look Beyond the Slopes for High-Value Fun

 

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!

 

Snowmobiling

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

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.

Where: Snipe Lake and Moonshine Lake are both within two hours of Grande Prairie and have reams of trout, pike, perch, and whitefish swimming beneath the frozen surface.

 

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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.

Where: Wapiti Nordic Ski Club offers 35km of trails ($13 day pass), while the trails of Muskoseepi Park running through downtown Grande Prairie are entirely free.

 

Outdoor Skating

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.

Where: Muskoseepi Pond is extremely convenient, while the Aquatera Community Skating Oval is a large surface intended to let speed skaters practice.

Tobogganing

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.

Winter Hiking

You don’t have to head off-trail to have a pleasant time. With nothing more than a good pair of regular winter boots, you can find many well-maintained paths across the Peace Country perfect for a quiet stroll. Just make sure to check the weather first – you don’t want to get caught in a powder dump.

Where: Both Crystal Lake and Muskoseepi Park are highly recommended for their ease-of-access. For a bigger challenge, some trails in the Grande Cache region may be open. Check online for trail conditions before heading out.

 

Museums

The Grande Prairie region is home to a number of impressive museums showcasing the history and prehistory of our part of the world. If you feel like spending a day indoors, why not enrich your mind at the same time?

Where: The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is an undisputed jewel of the Peace Country (Adults $14, Children $7), while the Grande Prairie Museum and Heritage Village will let you step back in time for free.

Art Galleries

Put a bit of colour in your winter with a visit to one of the many great art galleries across our region. There are always rotating exhibitions showcasing both local and international works, and if you feel inspired you can even try your hand at a few classes.

Where: The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, the Grant Berg Gallery, and the Centre for Creative Arts all offer free admission to view exhibitions, while the Centre for Creative Arts also offers classes starting at $20 and up.

Winter Festivals

Finally, nothing beats coming together with your community to enjoy a good festival. The Grande North Winter Festival is the premiere event in the region, where the entirety of downtown Grande Prairie and beyond comes alive with events like live music, skating, sleigh rides, making maple taffy, and much more.

Where: Grande North is held every January, with yearly events varying by location. The 2023 event is being held Jan 13th – 15th.

Get Out There!

We hope you’ve found some inspiration in this list. Please remember to check ahead for weather and availability, as things can change fast up here in the Peace Country. And, as always, be sure to hit us up on social media with photos of your adventures! We can’t wait to see how you and your family are making winter come alive.