February is on our heels and the snow doesn’t seem to be going anywhere! For us Albertans, this only means one thing! We’re about to enter another 28 days of wintery bliss, powder happy adventures, and cozy wear. Let’s get out and about, friends! Here are 10 things to do in the mountains this February!
WATCH A MAGICAL SUNSET DURING THE ALPENGLOW FESTIVAL
Prepare to be amazed, Alberta. Starting in early February, you can hit Banff’s highly anticipated, incredibly magical, Alpenglow Festival! Peer through telescopes, roast marshmallows, and indulge in a five-star meal at the tip-top of the Rockies. You won’t want to miss it!
When: Friday – Saturday, February 5th – March 13th
Where: 100 Mountain Ave, Banff, AB
Time: 4 pm – 8 pm
UNPLUG AT THE BAKER CREEK MOUNTAIN RESORT
Looking for a weekend away? Turn your cellphones off, and enjoy the simple life at Baker Creek Mountain Resort, an authentically Canadian place to really take in the beauty of the Rockies. Enjoy lantern-lit meals, go for walks or snowmobile rides, and cozy up next to each other fireside under the stars.
Where: Baker Creek Mountain Resort, P.O. Box 66, Lake Louise
WALK THROUGH THE ICE CAVES AT MALIGNE CANYON
There is no place like the Rockies. This month, experience the ice and snow as if it was the very first time! With the help of a professional guide, tour 30-metre high icy cave-like passages, majestic frozen waterfalls, and the frozen canyon floor. You’ll hardly believe your eyes!
When: Tours run until Sunday, April 4th
Where: Directions here – Jasper National Park, AB
Time: 9:30 am and 1 pm
Cost: $69 / Adult
EXPLORE THE NIGHT SKY AT THE JASPER PLANETARIUM
This February, cozy up under the blanket of stars at the Jasper Planetarium. Join one of their astronomy guides for an in-depth exploration of constellations, meteors, and matter then, wander the beautiful grounds of the world’s largest accessible astronomy park, hear stories, and take a guided binocular tour of the milky way.
Where: 1 Old Lodge Rd, Jasper, Alberta
HANG OUT FIRESIDE OR GET MASSAGES AT THE NORDIC SPA
Get out a town! This February visit Alberta’s world-renowned Nordic Spa, a romantic alpine sanctuary with views, incredible food, and amazing service. Now, unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until restrictions are lifted to enjoy a steam sesh in their Eucalyptus cabin or a dip in their pool – but you can still get massages and lounge fireside!
Where: 1 Centennial Dr, Kananaskis
GO TUBING AT MOUNT NORQUAY
This February hit the hills! We know that not everyone is comfortable on a pair of skis – heck, we’re with you! This is why we’re a big fan of Mount Norquay’s inner tube park. Almost anyone can enjoy the breeze, the snow, and themselves with this adrenaline-inducing activity.
When: See dates above
Where: 2 Mt Norquay Road Banff, AB
Time: Book times above
GO FOR A SLEIGH RIDE AT BOUNDARY RANCH
Deep in the Rocky Mountains, you’ll find Alberta’s beautiful Boundary Ranch. Here, guests can take a scenic sleigh or dog sled ride, relax by a campfire, roast marshmallows, drink hot cocoa, and take in some fresh air before heading home. It really is THE perfect day trip excursion.
When: See dates above
Where: 2 Guinn’s Road, Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada
Time: See times above
TAKE PICTURES AT THE LAKE LOUISE ICE CASTLE
Lake Louise’s enchanting Ice Magic Festival may be postponed until next year, but the folks at the Chateau have still taken the time to build a single frozen castle for you and yours to explore. This magical spot is world-renowned for its unparalleled beauty in the winter, so whether you stay the night in the Chateau or you just pass-through for a day-skate and wander – there is no doubt that you’ll win big points for visiting.
Where: See directions here
SKATE THE BUBBLES AT ABRAHAM LAKE
Grab the hand of someone special, lace up your skates, and do a few laps on a sheet of Alberta’s most unique ice. Deep in the mountains, between snow-covered peaks, you’ll find Abraham Lake, a hidden gem of mystery and wonder!
Where: Nordegg, Alberta – 35km southwest of Nordegg on Highway 11
This one can cost a pretty penny, but if your a fan of the sport and have the change – it’s well worth the money. This February check out one of CMH Heli-skiing’s custom experiences. During this unique excursion, you and your social bubble will see the mountains above, as well as below – in all of their snowy beauty. Trust us, they’re worth seeing from every angle.
When: 217 Bear Street Box 1660 Banff, Alberta
Well, there you have it, Alberta. 10 things to do in the mountains this month. Which ones will you hit this February?!
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