Alberta receives a lot of attention in the summer. The central hubs of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper get pretty busy during the peak months of July and August.
But maybe you should consider visiting in Winter. Temperatures can drop below minus 30C (-22F), sometimes even below -40C (-40F). Numbers, although informative, can't really portray the feeling of being this cold. Until you're acclimatized it's tough. Snow can reach depths of over 10m and road closures due to avalanches are a common thing, but don't let these facts into year head!
Alberta in the Winter is jaw dropping!
I spent the whole winter in Alberta, apart from a quick holiday to Antigua to thaw out, and can truly say that it's a winter wonderland. Although the temperature may put you off to begin with, there's a lot to see and do here. Including the obvious skiing and snowboarding, there's backcountry dog sledding, ice climbing and extreme mountaineering. My favourite activity, photography, is also a possibility and the winter gives an opportunity to come away with some pretty unique photos. Ice freezes differently each year, snow blows in different directions and weather conditions are constantly changing.
2. Ha Ling Peak reflecting in the half frozen Bow river in Canmore
3. Hiking Path to Lake Agnes in Lake Louise
4. Early winter morning fog at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park
5. Morant's Curve in Banff National Park
6. Reflections in Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park
7. Mountain views near Lake Louise in Banff National Park
8. Snow blowing of Mount Rundle in Banff National Park
9. Stag party below Mount Rundle
10. The historic Banff Spring Hotel in Banff looks like in a fairytale in Winter months
11. Lake Agnes Teahouse near Lake Louise covered under a think blanket of snow
12. Frozen waterfall in Johnston Canyon
13. Abraham lake at sunrise
14. Elk posing for a photo in Banff National Park
15. Winter hiking to lake Agnes near Lake Louise
16. Half frozen Bow River in Lake Louise
17. Cross country skiing in the early morning golden light along the Moraine lake road in lake Louise
18. Moose meadows in Kananaskis country
19. Winter roads in Kananaskis country
20. Early morning alpine glow on Mount Rundle above Canmore
21. Cascade Mountain at sunrise in Banff National park by Jack Bolshaw
22. Abraham Lake
23. Misty Bow River and Three Sisters in Canmore
24. Evening alpine glow, Upper Kananaskis lake
25. Vermillion lakes at sunrise photo by Jack Bolshaw
26. Winter Sunset in Canmore
What is it like to live in these conditions you may wonder? I've learned that it is more fun than expected. Canada is an endless playground for those who are ready to embrace the cold!
You can go snowboarding or down hill skiing in the many ski resorts scattered around the country. If that's not your thing try cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing or snowmobiling.
Seriously, there are winter sports offered here which I have never even heard of before! Kite skiing anyone?
Some of the best places to plan your winter excursion in Canada are Banff National Park and Jasper National Park in Alberta or Whistler in British Columbia.
If you are after once in a lifetime experiences, consider visiting the Canadian Northwest Territories to see the Aurora Borealis. As I said, the choices are plentiful.
Have you been to the Canadian Rockies in the Winter and have some awesome photos from your holidays? Share them in the comments! I would love to see them.