When it comes to easy winter fun in the great outdoors, nothing beats a good walk. Here are four memorable ones across Canada to consider tackling this season.
With an annual snowfall of around four metres, Gros Morne National Park delivers winter in spades. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore the park’s hiking trails or backcountry routes. All provide solitude. Beginners and experienced backcountry snowshoers will enjoy Burridges Gulch, a seven-kilometre trek that passes through scenic valleys and forested terrain. —LM
Bundle up and head to Mount Royal, located just minutes from downtown Montreal, for fun and exercise on snowshoes. The area features a 2.5-km network of gorgeous snowshoe trails in an urban winter wonderland. Discover the mountain’s secrets on your own or sign up for an evening guided snowshoe tour with Les amis de la montagne. Be sure to climb to the Mont Royal Cross, where you’ll get lovely views of the city lights. —LM
Step into the splendid, magical heart of winter as you peer into ice caves and walk by awe-inspiring ice formations at Maligne Canyon, the most accessible slot canyon in Jasper National Park. Maligne Adventures guides you on the 4-km ice walk, providing you with warm, waterproof boots and ice cleats to ensure solid footing. At the bottom of the frozen canyon, you’re close enough to touch the otherworldly beauty of 30-metre-high frozen waterfalls that hug the canyon’s vertical limestone walls. —JL
Capture the festive feeling of wonder when you explore Capilano Suspension Bridge Park during the Canyon Lights festival (running until January 27, 2019). You’ll be swept up in the magic of the season when you see the whole park—the suspension bridges, cliffwalk, rainforest and more—lit up by millions of twinkling lights. Insiders recommend a 4 p.m. visit for maximum effect as dusk melts into night. —LM
Read more: Extremely Canadian Winter Sports
[This story appears in the December 2016 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated]
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