Winter isn’t my favorite season, but it’s gorgeous. Snowy streets are incredibly invigorating, especially since they’re below the Rocky Mountains. Now that most of us have finished the semester, we have more free time. You could binge-watch Netflix or visit these gorgeous Alberta towns:
If I had never gone to Banff and you showed me a picture of it, I would believe it didn’t exist. Banff is one of those places that seems too beautiful to be true, and strolling through it seems like you’re in a winter paradise. There is so much to see and see during your visit, such as the hot springs, numerous confectionery shops, and, of course, the gondola!
Jasper is again another of those adorable small mountain towns straight out of your favorite holiday movie. This small hamlet is located north of Edmonton, so it’s a long drive for anyone in southern Alberta, but believe me when I say it’s worth it. While in Jasper, be sure to visit the peaceful Miette Hot Springs, where you may soak while taking in the breathtaking mountain views.
When winter arrives, Pincher Creek transforms into something out of a fairytale. This small town has a population of about 3,000 people, yet everyone will make you feel completely welcome and will inform you of all the amazing things to do nearby. Castle Mountain Resort, the Lebel Mansion, and Cenotaph Park are all worthwhile stops.
Bon Accord, Alberta
Bon Accord is yet another lovely village to visit this winter in Alberta. This location is only 40 kilometers north of Edmonton, making it ideal for a quick and simple day trip away from the rush and bustle of the large metropolis. You might be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights if you organize your trip correctly. If not, there are lots of exciting things to do and see in the area.
If there was ever a place that embodied the term “magical,” it would have to be Lake Louise. I can’t think of a better place for Albertans to visit this winter than directly alongside the Rocky Mountains. There’s so much to do and see in this town, from outdoor activities like skiing and skating to touring the town and meeting the locals!
Okotoks may be only outside of Calgary, but it has created a name for itself as a destination in its own right. There are many shops in town where you may finish up your Christmas shopping, as well as many gorgeous parks and landmarks that are tastefully decorated for the holiday season.
Canmore is yet another picturesque mountain town that is ideal for visiting during the holidays. It’s not far from Banff, so you can visit both towns in a single day, or plan a weekend trip and spend a day or two visiting each! There are numerous hiking and snowboarding trails nearby, or you can simply kick back and relax during your stay as a tourist.
While the shot above appears to be quite chilly, it is also breathtakingly lovely. Legal, Alberta is another small community located just north of Edmonton. With a population of less than 2,000 people, you’ll feel perfectly at home during your visit.
Although Edmonton is not a little Alberta town, they certainly know how to celebrate the holidays. Beautiful Christmas lights are strung on every surface throughout the city, giving the perfect Instagram photo opportunity for you and your best pals, or your bae! Edmonton is also known for hosting numerous winter related events and festivals, such as the fabled Ice Castles, so keep an eye out for those!
Calgary is yet another city that goes above and beyond during the holidays. We can ensure that you’ll never be bored in the city during winter, with tons of spectacular light displays available all throughout the city, as well as frequent activities for you to participate in with your family and friends!