Snowshoeing Around Sylvan Lake
Snowshoeing is a wonderful way to get outside and appreciate the beauty of Alberta in winter. It’s easy, affordable and best of all, it is great exercise. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. There are some great places to snowshoe in and around Sylvan Lake. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy snowshoeing in Sylvan Lake and in the areas nearby.
Where to go Snowshoeing in Sylvan Lake
Even though there are no formal snowshoe trails, there are some amazing places to snowshoe near Sylvan Lake. At almost 43 square kilometres in size, there is plenty of lakeshore and frozen lake surface to explore on Sylvan Lake itself. Just outside town, Jarvis Bay Provincial Park has a hiking trail that is almost six kilometres long and takes you through lovely woods. Though the campground is closed in winter, you can park at the entrance gate and snowshoe into the park from there. Remember to share the trails with others. Never snowshoe over established cross-country ski trails. Walk along the trail beside the ski tracks instead.
Why You’ll Love Snowshoeing
- Winter walks are more fun and more adventurous when you’re wearing snowshoes. Snowshoes are the 4X4s of outdoor winter recreation. You can conquer snowdrifts and all kinds of snow-covered terrain when you’re wearing them.
- It’s very easy to snowshoe. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. There’s not much to it. Poles can be helpful if you plan to tackle rugged terrain.
- Snowshoeing is good exercise and it’s an excellent social-distancing activity. You burn a lot of calories when you’re snowshoeing through the woods and along the lakeshore. Snowshoes allow you to explore remote areas that are simply impassible in regular winter boots.
- It’s easy to get the gear you need to try snowshoeing. You can rent snowshoes in Sylvan Lake or you can purchase them – they last for years. Wear warm winter boots and dress in layers and you are all set to have fun in the wonderland that is Sylvan Lake in winter.