25 Photos That Prove Alberta is a Winter Wonderland

25 Photos That Prove Alberta is a Winter Wonderland

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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

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3. Hiking Path to Lake Agnes in Lake Louise

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4. Early winter morning fog at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park

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5. Morant's Curve in Banff National Park

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6. Reflections in Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park

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7. Mountain views near Lake Louise in Banff National Park

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8. Snow blowing of Mount Rundle in Banff National Park

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9. Stag party below Mount Rundle

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10. The historic Banff Spring Hotel in Banff looks like in a fairytale in Winter months

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11. Lake Agnes Teahouse near Lake Louise covered under a think blanket of snow

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12. Frozen waterfall in Johnston Canyon

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13. Abraham lake at sunrise

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14. Elk posing for a photo in Banff National Park

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15. Winter hiking to lake Agnes near Lake Louise

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16. Half frozen Bow River in Lake Louise

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17. Cross country skiing in the early morning golden light along the Moraine lake road in lake Louise

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18. Moose meadows in Kananaskis country

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19. Winter roads in Kananaskis country

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20. Early morning alpine glow on Mount Rundle above Canmore

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21. Cascade Mountain at sunrise in Banff National park by Jack Bolshaw

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22. Abraham Lake

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23. Misty Bow River and Three Sisters in Canmore

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24. Evening alpine glow, Upper Kananaskis lake

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25. Vermillion lakes at sunrise photo by Jack Bolshaw

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26. Winter Sunset in Canmore

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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.


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