Northern Alberta has plenty of snow for the majority of the year, so why not get outside and explore it? Bring your snowshoes to these ten trails near Edmonton.

Beaver Pond Trail

Elk Island National Park

Length: 3.6 km
Time: 1 - 2 hours
Elevation Gain: 46 m
Difficulty: Easy

As the name suggests, you’re likely to spot a couple of beavers along this trail. Elk Island National Park staff have re-introduced the furry animals back into the region after the population was eliminated by the fur trade in the mid-1800s. Explore the snowy trails and admire abandoned lodges on this easy and short snowshoeing trail.

Where can I find this trail? This trail is in Elk Island National Park, approximately 45 kilometres east of Edmonton.

Read More: pc.gc.ca

photoLarry Kwan Flickr cc by 2.0

Hayburger Trail
Elk Island National Park

Length: 11.6 km
Time: 3 - 4 hours
Elevation Gain: 141 m
Difficulty: Moderate 

Looking for a bit more of a challenge? Get your blood pumping along this long yet relatively gentle snowshoeing trail. Admire the sparkling snow while you step through tall aspen trees and wide-open meadows. Keep your eyes peeled for a wandering moose, as they are commonly seen in this area.

Where can I find this trail? This trail can be accessed from the Elk Island Parkway.

Read more: pc.gc.ca

Moss Lake Trail
Elk Island National Park

Length: 12.6 km
Time:  4 - 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 182 m
Difficulty: Moderate

You might run into some bison on this trail! This cross-country ski trail takes snowshoers through a variety of terrain including lakes, meadows, grasslands and wetlands. Make sure to stick to the trail to not disturb these delicate ecosystems.

Where can I find this trail? This trail begins at the Elk Island Parkway.

Read more: pc.gc.ca

photoKurt Bauschardt Flickr cc by sa 2.0

Tawayik Lake Trail
Elk Island National Park

Length: 15.1 km
Time:  4 - 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 196 m
Difficulty: Difficult

For those looking for a true challenge, this snowshoe trail is sure to satisfy. Tawayik  is the Cree word for halfway. Snowshoe in-between the sparkling frozen Tawayik Lake and Little Tawayik Lake.

Where can I find this trail? This trail begins from the Tawayik Lake parking lot.

Read more: pc.gc.ca

Aspen Loop
Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area

Length: 4.5 km
Time: 2 - 3 hours
Elevation Gain: 63 m
Difficulty: Moderate

Can you guess which type of tree is most popular along this trail? Hint: it’s in the name. A popular choice in the summertime, the Aspen Loop trail transforms into a snowy landscape come winter. A quick 30-kilometre drive from Edmonton, this a great choice for those looking to spend the day out in the snow.

Where can I find this trail? This trail begins on Range Rd 261, Spruce Grove

Read more: alltrails.com

Muskeg Creek Ski Trail
Athabasca

Length: 10 km
Time: 4 - 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 264 m
Difficulty: Moderate

If you’re looking for a full day adventure, get away from the city and explore this moderate loop trail. Roughly an hour-and-a-half drive north from Edmonton, this scenic route takes you deep into the boreal forest. A true woodsy winter wonderland awaits.

Where can I find this trail? This trail head is located at 5502 48 Ave, Athabasca, AB

Read more: alltrails.com

photoKurt Bauschardt Flickr cc by sa 2.0

East Loop
Devon Voyageur Park

Length: 1.8 km
Time: 1 hour
Elevation Gain: 180 m
Difficulty: Moderate

Snowshoe alongside the North Saskatchewan River near the town of Devon, just 41 kilometres from Edmonton. Known for its beautiful landscape, dogs are also permitted on this trail.

Where can I find this trail? This trail begins at the Voyageur Park secondary parking lot.

Read more: alltrails.com 

 

John Janzen Nature Center to Wolf Willow Ravine
Fort Edmonton Park

Length: 4 km
Time: 1 - 2 hours
Elevation Gain: 113 m
Difficulty: Easy

Another great option for those looking to soak up the beauty of nature without having to go too far. This out-and-back trail in Fort Edmonton Park is a kid-friendly choice that follows the river for half of the time and then goes deeper into the park for the other half.

Where can I find this trail? This trail begins at the John Janzen Nature Center

Read more: alltrails.com 

photoIQRemix Flickr cc by sa 2.0

Miquelon Lake Loops
Miquelon Lake Provincial Park

Length: 9.5 km
Time: 3 - 4 hours
Elevation Gain: 170 m
Difficulty: Moderate

Escape to beautiful Northern Alberta with this moderate trail. Located roughly 70 kilometres away from Edmonton, this loop trail is a great place to spot lots of Canadian wildlife. Marvel at large Miquelon Lake or get lost between the aspen trees.

Where can I find this trail? Follow signs for Miquelon Lake

Read more: alltrails.com

Rundle Park Riverside Trail
Rundle Park

Length: 4.2 km
Time: 1 - 2 hours
Elevation Gain: 78 m
Difficulty: Moderate

Enjoy a winter wonderland without having to go too far. Listen to the snow crunch below your boots while following the north-eastern side of Edmonton’s river valley.

Where can I find this trail? This trail is located on 2909 113 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5W 0P3

Read more: alltrails.com

   

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