Winter is one of the most magical times of the year, but it’s fleeting! This month, while there’s still snow on the ground and a nip in the air, enjoy one of the many incredible events or activities that can only be enjoyed in the chilly season – because it’ll have come and gone before you know it!

Not sure where to start? Here are 8 things you have to do in Alberta before winter is over.

Sugar Shack 

With hot drinks, warm treats and a stunning view, the Banff Sugar Shack is not one to be missed. Before the season is over, check out the pop-up cabin at Fairmont Banff Springs and enjoy some maple taffy, hand pies and good company on the Vermillion Lawn.

When: Thursday – Sunday until end of March
Where: 405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB
Time: 3 pm to 9 pm
Cost: Free to visit

Mountain Skating 

Mountain lakes don’t make for great swimming holes in the summer, but they make great ice rinks in the winter! From Lake Minnewanka to Two Jack Lake, check out the link above for our favourite spots to take a stunning skate this season.

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Tubing at Norquay


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Need something fast-paced? You have to go tubing at Norquay this winter – especially if you’re not into skiing. Just because the sport isn’t your thing, doesn’t mean you should miss out on hitting the hills!

Where:  Improvement District No. 9, AB
Cost: $45+

Stargazing Snowshoe Tour

Looking for something truly unique? Adventurous Albertans can follow a skilled guide on a starlit tour through forest and snow, then sip hot cocoa in a secluded meadow. They’ll bring the drinks, the lamps, and the telescope, and all you have to bring is yourself, a date, and a good jacket!

When: Weekends in March
Where: Kananaskis Village Centre- 1 Mt. Sparrowhawk Crescent
Cost: $84.99

Alberta Hot Springs

Need to wind down? Throw on a bathing suit and head to one or all of Alberta’s beautiful hot springs! After all, there’s really nothing like it in the wintertime.

Maligne Canyon

There is no place like the Rockies! This winter, with the help of a professional guide, tour 30-metre-high icy cave-like passages, majestic frozen waterfalls, and the frozen floor of Maligne Canyon. You’ll hardly believe your eyes!

Where: Directions here – Jasper National Park, AB

Boundary Ranch Sleigh Rides

With a mouthful of hot cocoa and a heart full of holiday spirit, cuddle up in their old-timey sleigh and experience every peak, valley and frozen waterfall as if for the very first time.

Where:  2 Guinn’s Road,  Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada
Time: See times above
Cost: $49

The Meltdown

Held on the last day of winter, The Meltdown will feature a day’s worth of fun activities, games and food, including a candy toss sponsored by Dairy Queen, food trucks, hot air balloons and Holi colour throwing. It’s going to be spectacular!

When: Monday, March 18th, 2023
Directions here
1 pm

And there you have it! 8 things you have to do in Alberta before winter is over. Have fun!