I escaped south as often as I could, even vowing that one day I would only live where palm trees grow. I tried that, and soon realized I was too Canadian to enjoy that kind of ceaseless heat.
And so the age-old story goes: I didn’t realize how good I had it until I left.
So on this return to a snowy Alberta, our first Canadian winter in five years, we wanted to embrace it. Ma Nature accommodated nicely, not threatening us with temperatures that were too untenable, and we had more fun than we ever expected to. We finally learned how to ski, took to snow-shoes and segways, and Pete even showed off his skills on skates.
Alberta is a veritable playground year-round, and this trip helped us realize one very important thing: that winter is much more fun when you go outside and play in it.
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Here’s Where We Were
- We skied (on the sunny day!) at Marmot Basin in Jasper.
- We also skied (on the snowy day!) at Mount Norquay just outside of Banff. Norquay also had the super cool tubing hill that is good fun for everyone!
- We almost peed our pants bobsledding in Calgary.
- Our segway and snowshoeing tour in the beautiful river valley of Edmonton was courtesy of River Valley Adventure.
- Pete showed off his skating prowess at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
- We hiked in the Maligne Canyon near Jasper with Maligne Adventures and watched the ice climbers who were much braver than us.
- We attempted cross-country skiing at the Canmore Nordic Center (Pete is good at it, Dalene, pitiful).
- The post-activity soak was in the gorgeous Upper Hot Springs in Banff.
Many thanks to Travel Alberta and the respective tourism boards in Jasper, Banff, Canmore, Edmonton and Calgary for their assistance during our winter adventures. As always, all opinions are our own.