25 Photos That Prove Alberta is a Winter Wonderland

25 photos that prove Canada is a winter wonderland
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Alberta receives a lot of attention in the summer. The central hubs of Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper get pretty rammed here during the peak months of July and August. But maybe you should consider visiting in Winter. It's spectacularly beautiful but indescribably cold as well. Temperatures can drop below minus 30C (-22F) and sometimes below -40C (-40F). Numbers, although informative, can't really portray the feeling of being this cold. Holy moley until you're acclimatized it's tough. Snow can reach depths of over 10m and road closures due to avalanches are a common thing. I spent the whole winter in Alberta, apart from a quick holiday to Antigua to thaw out, and can truly say that it's a winter wonderland. Although the temperature may put you off to begin with, there's a lot to see and do here. Including the obvious skiing and snowboarding there's backcountry dog sledding, ice climbing and extreme mountaineering to say the least. My favourite activity, photography, is also a possibility and the winter gives an opportunity to come away with some pretty unique photos. Ice freezes differently each year, snow blows in different directions and weather conditions are consistently changing. My two week road trip to and from Calgary spends it's entirety in Alberta and after looking at these photos, it's easy to see why.  


25 Beautiful Photos of the Canadian Rockies in the Winter

Ha Ling Peak reflecting in the half frozen Bow river in Canmore @InAfaraway_Land
Ha Ling Peak reflecting in the half frozen Bow river in Canmore
Hiking Path to Lake Agnes in Lake Louise @InAFaraway_Land
Hiking Path to Lake Agnes in Lake Louise
Early winter morning fog at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park by @InAFaraway_Land
Early winter morning fog at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park
Morant's Curve in Banff National Park @InAFaraway_Land
Morant's Curve in Banff National Park
Reflections in Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park @InAFaraway_Land
Reflections in Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park
Mountain views near Lake Louise in Banff National Park @InAFaraway_Land
Mountain views near Lake Louise in Banff National Park
Snow blowing of Mount Rundle in Banff National Park @InAFaraway_Land
Snow blowing of Mount Rundle in Banff National Park
Stag party below Mount Rundle in Banff National Park  @InAFaraway_Land
Stag party below Mount Rundle
The historic Banff Spring Hotel in Banff @InAFaraway_Land
The historic Banff Spring Hotel in Banff looks like in a fairytale in Winter months
Lake Agnes Teahouse near Lake Louise covered under a think blanket of snow by InAFaraway_land
Lake Agnes Teahouse near Lake Louise covered under a think blanket of snow
Frozen waterfall in Johnston Canyon @InAFaraway_Land
Frozen waterfall in Johnston Canyon
Abraham lake at sunrise @InAFaraway_Land
Abraham lake at sunrise

Elk posing for a photo in Banff National Park @InAFaraway_Land
Elk posing for a photo in Banff National Park
Winter hiking to lake Agnes near Lake Louise @InAFaraway_Land
Winter hiking to lake Agnes near Lake Louise
Half frozen Bow River in Lake Louise @InAFaraway_Land
Half frozen Bow River in Lake Louise
Cross country skiing along the Moraine lake road in lake Louise @InAFaraway_Land
Cross country skiing in the early morning golden light along the Moraine lake road in lake Louise
Moose meadows in Kananaskis country @InAFaraway_Land
Moose meadows in Kananaskis country
Winter roads in Kananaskis country @InAFaraway_Land
Winter roads in Kananaskis country

Early morning alpine glow on Mount Rundle above Canmore @InAFaraway_Land
Early morning alpine glow on Mount Rundle above Canmore
Cascade Mountain at sunrise in Banff National park
Cascade Mountain at sunrise in Banff National park by Jack Bolshaw
Frozen Abraham Lake, Canada @InAFaraway_Land
Abraham Lake
Misty Bow River and Three Sisters in Canmore, Canada @InAFaraway_Land
Misty Bow River and Three Sisters in Canmore

Evening alpine glow by the Upper Kananaskis lake, Canada @InAFaraway_Land
Evening alpine glow, Upper Kananaskis lake
Vermillion lakes at sunrise, Banff National Park, Canada
Vermillion lakes at sunrise photo by Jack Bolshaw
Winter Sunset in Canmore, AB by @inafaraway_land
Winter Sunset in Canmore

25 photos that prove Canada is a winter wonderland
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What is it like to live in these conditions you may wonder? I've learned that it is more fun than expected. Canada is an endless playground for those who are ready to embrace the cold!

 

You can go snowboarding or down hill skiing in the many ski resorts scattered around the country. If that's not your thing try cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing or snowmobiling. Seriously, there are winter sports offered here which I have never even heard of before! Kite skiing anyone?

 

Some of the best places to plan your winter excursion in Canada are Banff National Park and Jasper National Park in Alberta or Whistler in British Colombia.  If you are after once in a lifetime experiences, consider visiting the Canadian Northwest Territories to see the Aurora Borealis. As I said, the choices are plentiful. 

 

Have you been to the Canadian Rockies in the Winter and have some awesome photos from your holidays? Share them in the comments! I would love to see them.

 


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I am Marta Kulesza - the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.comI come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since

I turned 18. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can find me hiking somewhere in the mountains. 

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