It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but don’t the most wonderful of holidays only really seem to take place when you have the right venue? Many people head south for the winter, but wouldn’t you much rather enjoy all the festivities somewhere that actually looks the part? Wouldn’t it be nice to feature those fluffy snowflakes, matching hats and mitts, warm and cozy fireside curl-ins, frozen noses, and hot cups of steaming cocoa (with the little marshmallows, of course) in your 2021 holiday album? You can have all that and more if you spend your Christmas in Canmore this winter—but let’s take a quick look at a few of the other adventures you’ll be able to have as well.

Snow Tubing at Mount Norquay

Mt Norquay is home to some of the world’s most coveted snow tubing hills and the longest lanes in Alberta! It’s fun for the whole family that doesn’t require you to pack all the gear you would need for skiing or snowboarding. You’ll still manage to pick up those same speeds, so get ready for the adrenaline rush, and get the camera ready to capture the huge smiles that come with it! Book your tickets in advance and take full advantage of this fun filled activity.

Christmas Light Festivals in Banff

Looking for something that combines your love of Christmas with your love of the outdoors? Head to the Christmas lighting trail at Banff National Park to take in this magical lighting display. In Search of Christmas Spirit is a FREE live Christmas story told by the park’s wildlife open until January 1st, 2021. Take a walk through for an enjoyable and festive experience and to really get into the holiday spirit.

World Famous Ice Sculptures at Lake Louise

The Ice Magic Ice Carving Festival at Lake Louise is a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t want to miss! Whether you are captivated by the artistry at work or wandering through the beautiful ice sculptures you’re in for an unforgettable experience. This 12-day event is a yearly tradition, perfect for romantic winter getaways or family fun afternoons… And while you’re at Lake Louise, why not hop on a dogsled tour for an extra epic adventure?

Banff Gondola

If you want to gain a little perspective this Christmas, check out the Banff Gondola. Take in the vast landscape and snow filled mountain tops, even catch some wildlife wondering below you. Once you’ve reached the top, enjoy a beautiful dinner at Sky Bistro surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery.

Experience it by itself, or as part of the Winter Wonders Tour, where you top off a guided tour through various Banff National Park sites with a ride on the Gondola. You’ll definitely gain a new perspective, but it will probably be more along the lines of epic winter views than a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.

Skating on the town pond in Canmore

No idyllic Christmas extravaganza could do without romantic outdoor ice skating. Of course, skating on the town pond in Canmore is fun for the whole family, too. Grab your hockey sticks and join the locals in a casual game or enjoy your hot cocoa, hand in hand with your loved ones.

These are just a few of the winter wonderland adventures you can have in Canmore this year. With snow, the mountains, and the amazing terrain around Canmore, there are countless more adventures to be had, from snow shoeing to fat tire biking. If you are looking to catch the spirit of the season in the most idyllic of places, start packing for your winter in the mountains!

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