Any way you lay it down, snowshoeing will satisfy your winterlust.
Discover the magic of a forest covered in a fresh snowfall. Your whole body relaxes as the solitude of a winter forest envelopes you. All around you ice crystals shimmer in the sunlight and beneath your feet light snow crunches under your snowshoes.
Snowshoeing is an ultra-efficient way to traverse the Central Alberta winter landscape and is fun for all ages. Eagle Point Provincial Park and Blue Rapids Recreation Area have numerous snowshoeing opportunities. In the Provincial Park check out the 35 km of trails (see below) and lay some fresh winter tracks or if you are more of an explorer check out the Blue Rapids Provincial Recreation Area and meander around on the many unmarked trails. Alberta weather is known to change rapidly so please dress appropriately and bring a mapping device if you are exploring unmarked trails.
The Pembina Rotary Community South Trails are located just adjacent to the east side of Drayton Valley. The 7 km of trails are well travelled and border the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Stay above the embankment or snowshoe down to the flats. Bring your mobile device with QR Code Scanner and turn your hike into an interpretative adventure.
The Pembina Rotary Community North Trails are located 7 km northeast of Drayton Valley. The 16 km of trails are well travelled and border the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Most of the trails stay above the embankment with a few beautiful exceptions. These trails are dedicated to cross-skiing with set tracks. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on the same trails is dangerous for all users and ruins the groomed ski trails. On trails shared with skiers, snowshoers should stay to the edge of the trail and never walk on skier tracks.
The Hilltop and Hillside Trails are located on the east side of the North Saskatchewan River near Willey West Campground and just off of Range Road 71, these 9.7 km of trails meander up and down the steep terrain of the North Saskatchewan River embankments and are perfect for snowshoeing. Snowshoeing on these trails promises to be a heart pumping experience. Bring your mobile device with your QR Code Scanner to turn the Hilltop Trail into an interpretative experience.
If you want to ‘bushwhack’ it on your snowshoes instead of going on a trail, there are several access points into Eagle Point Provincial Park and Blue Rapids Provincial Recreation Area. These are shown on the snowshoe trails and access map.
Please practice proper winter etiquette:
- Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on the same trails is dangerous for all users and ruins the groomed ski trails
- On trails shared with skiers, snowshoers should stay to the edge of the trail and never walk on skier tracks
- Don’t walk or snowshoe on ski tracks. It ruins them for skiers. Instead, use the edges of ski trails
- Don’t park on the trails. If you stop to eat, change clothing, or take a photo – step off the trail, so others won’t have to
- Don’t let the trails go to the dogs. Remember – Fido isn’t permitted on groomed trails. He’s allowed only on non-groomed trails, provided he’s on a leash and you remove his waste from the area
- Yield to skiers coming downhill. On shared trails it’s easier for an uphill snowshoer to step off the trail than it is for the faster skier coming down
- When nature calls…and there is no outhouse? Carry a plastic bag to pack out your used paper and sanitary supplies
- Keep the trails clean. Watch out for accidental litter at lunch or snack breaks