Words like vast, massive, vertical, thrilling, and fun could be used to describe the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, Canada, but it’s the wild nature of the place that makes it really special. Banff National Park is a winter wonderland. Ice skating on Lake Louise is like walking into a scene from a movie, and it’s been called one of the most beautiful rinks in the world. Banff has an activity for every interest. Ice climb a waterfall? Sure. Insane backcountry skiing? Yep. Cuddle up with a mug of hot cocoa around a cozy fire? Absolutely.
Jasper National Park gets you away from your busy daily routine and into some truly epic snow. The winter hiking is world class. Fat biking, on wide, partially inflated tires, makes pedaling in the snow something you can’t wait to try, and the cross-country skiing is renowned—expect to see some large wildlife hanging out nearby.
And a winter adventure isn't complete without some fun in the city. Calgary and Edmonton are your gateways to the Canadian Rockies, each with its own flare on great eats, cool neighborhoods—and don’t forget about catching a hockey game. With so much to offer, experiencing winter in the Canadian Rockies should be on everyone's bucket list.