The best ways to enjoy the mountains (your backyard) this winter
January 17, 2019 | by QualicoCommunities
Winter is finally here – sub-zero temperatures, heaps of snow and the gentle frosty breeze make us all want to stay at home curled up by the fireplace, watching our favourite TV shows. However, when you live in Crestmont West, the bulk of your winter doesn’t have to be spent indoors, trying your best to stay warm. This is great news for residents who prefer to maintain an active lifestyle year-round, as they get to explore new recreational activities sure to keep them in tiptop shape. For our active outdoorsy residents, here are a few great ways you can enjoy your backyard this season:
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Just over a twenty-minute drive from Crestmont West, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is the perfect option for anyone looking to indulge in their favourite outdoor past time or just be one with nature. The popular park provides visitors with breathtaking views and over 25 kilometres of pathways and trails perfect for hiking and cycling. Glenbow Provincial Park also presents the perfect opportunity for sightseeing – embrace nature and take in the awe-inspiring views which stretch from the Calgary skyline to the Rocky Mountains.
Cross-country skiing in Canmore
Known for its steep summits and turquoise blue lakes, Canmore is every thrill seekers dream destination. With countless trails, tons of natural scenery and challenging terrain, there's a lot of outdoor activities to partake in during the winter season. Arguably one of the town’s biggest attractions is the Canmore Nordic Centre which consists of more than 65 kilometres of natural, groomed and man-made trails - perfect for cross-country skiing. For skiers who prefer hitting the slopes at night time, The Nordic Centre also provides 6.5 kilometres of illuminated trails. Unleash your daring side on trails like the King of Sweden or the Expresso.
This charming small community is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is just under a 30-minute drive from Crestmont. Bragg Creek is a massive attraction for people who love nature and seek adventure. The community has a wide variety of amenities sure to please everyone from the adrenaline junkie down to the adventure lover who prefers slower paced activities. Bragg Creek offers 50 kilometres of well-groomed trails perfect for cross-country skiing. Put your skills to the test on a variety of tracks such as Iron Springs and Moose Loop. The fun doesn’t end there – experience a wide variety of thrilling recreational activities like fat biking, ice-skating, a relaxing winter horse ride and much more. Bragg Creek provides more than enough winter fun for the whole family!
A day in Banff
Banff has a plethora of outdoor activities for you to partake in during this time of year. This resort town is only a short drive from Calgary and provides tons of opportunities for exploration and family fun! Take part in exhilarating dog sled tours at Banff National Park and learn about the history of dog sledding in the Rocky Mountains. You could even go winter hiking or snowshoeing – a favourite pastime for Banff locals. Just strap on your snowshoes and come prepared with your mittens and jackets to stay warm while you make the most of a chilly winter’s day.
Kananaskis country – Alberta’s mountain playground – provides over 4,000 square kilometres of mountain parks and foothills ready to be explored. Enjoy long winter hikes, snowmobiling and ice walks on popular trails like the Alder and Aspen which are open year-round. This scenic park is less than an hour away from Crestmont West.
Alberta’s beautiful landscape provides endless opportunities for adventure and Crestmont West Residents are lucky to have a variety of world-class amenities right at their backyard. This makes it easy to have year-round fun and create lasting memories with family and friends.