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Celebrate Family Day weekend in Alberta’s provincial parks

Albertans looking for ways to stay active and enjoy winter fun are encouraged to get outdoors and explore provincial parks this Family Day weekend from February 15 to 17. 

Snowshoeing in Willaim A. Switzer Provincial Park

Alberta’s provincial parks support building of families and communities by hosting fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park

Location: 105 km west of Calgary

Activities: Over 70 km of groomed cross-country ski trails, free family skating rink and tubing hill. Ski and skate rentals and ski lessons and sales are available at TrailSports in Canmore.

Crimson Lake Provincial Park

Location: 20 km northwest of Rocky Mountain House

Date: Monday, February 17, from noon to 3 p.m.

Activities: Snowshoeing, snow golfing, snow soccer and snow volleyball. Express your creativity with some snow graffiti and then warm up with s’mores, hotdogs and hot chocolate around the campfire. 

Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park

Location: Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation (view map)

Date: Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, from noon to 4 p.m.

Activities: Saturday: Melvin the Moose Murder Mystery.
Sunday: Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, indoor games and hot chocolate.

Miquelon Lake Provincial Park

Location: 31 km north of Camrose

Date: Sunday February 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Activities: Snowshoeing, ice-skating, snow broomball and winter geocaching. After all that, enjoy some hot chocolate and s’mores around a roaring campfire.

Moonshine Lake Provincial Park

Location: 35 km northwest of Spirit River

Date: Sunday, February 16, from noon to 4 p.m.

Activities: Sleigh rides, snow games, hotdog lunch, ice-fishing, cross-country skiing and skating. All activities subject to weather conditions.

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Location: William Watson Lodge

Date: Saturday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.

Activity: Indoor interpretive program “From Ragweed to Riches.” It's hard to be a flower when everyone just walks right by, or so thinks "Fescue", when she trades places with the showy Princess Orchid. Will she find her true place among the flowers?

Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park

Location: 12 km north of Lac La Biche

Date: Sunday, February 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities: Family sleigh rides, snowshoeing, skating and cross-country skiing. Finish the day of fun in the snow with hot dogs and maple taffy.

William A. Switzer Provincial Park

Location: 19 km north of Hinton

Date: Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16.


  • Gregg Lake: Free ice-fishing (no license required), including fishing clinic and ice fishing tips.  Warm up with hot dogs, hot chocolate and coffee or stay active by trying out snowshoeing. Activities run Saturday, February 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (view map)
  • Athabasca Lookout Nordic Centre: Step into a French Canadian cultural event at Switzer Park with food, music and fun winter activities. In partnership with the Ecole Mountain View School, this special event includes tasty treats like sugar pies, maple sugar on snow, and even pea soup. Free rentals available for cross-country skis and kick sleds (free rentals). Children can win fun door prizes and have their faces painted. Activities run Sunday February 16 noon to 4 p.m. (view map)

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*Reissued February 4, 2014

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