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Top 7 Things To Do In Winter






1. Selfie With a Bison at the NLMCC

Activity: Exhibit Tour

Duration: 45mins - 1.5hr

The Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre is widely considered the largest collection of early settler and pre-contact indigenous artifacts in the continent of North America. There are thousands of artifacts, including an original copy of Treaty No. 8; a legal document that still governs the people of the area. Stop by to check out exhibits on Inuvialuit, Dene, Cree and Métis traditional items, as well as non-native trade and pioneer items. The collection also includes many natural historical specimens.

Must See: Canus, the grandfather of all Whooping Cranes


2. Sled, Slide, Snowboard 

Activity: Snowboarding & Sledding

Duration: 45mins - 2 hrs

Fort Smith Snowboard Park & Sliding Hill - The Fort Smith Snowboard Park is the place to be in winter, with one of the best terrain parks in the North. Used for the Artic Winter Games the site overlooks the majestic Slave River and includes seven features designed with the whole family in mind. Whether you're into snowboarding, skiing or tobogganing, there is something for everyone. Features include a boardercross run, a 20-foot big air jump and smaller ride-on features, there is fun for all levels. For more information about snowboarding in Fort Smith check out our local snowboard club: The Slide Zone Shredderz-

Must See: 20 foot air jump


3. Glide Through The Boreal Forest

Activity: Cross Country Skiing

Duration: 1hr - 2hrs

Cross-country skiers have many choices for adventure in Fort Smith. The Fort Smith Ski Club has a network of over 15 km of well-groomed trails suitable for light touring, skating or backcountry skiing and 1.5 km of lit trails for night skiing. The scenic trails wind through the boreal forest and offer panoramic views of the river, rapids and surrounding landscape. The trails start at the Ski clubhouse and biathlon range just four kilometers east of town on Highway #5. The centre has an active Biathlon program as well as a youth ski program.

Must See: Thebacha Loppet


4. Star Gaze in the Dark Sky

Activity: Observation

Duration: 1hr - 3hrs

The Dr. Roberta Bondar Northern Observatory is home to two permanent telescopes that are fully accessorized for astro-photography. Located next to the airport, just outside of Town, with a sliding roof providing access to the sky. Expect to be mesmerized by a night-sky without heavy light pollution. Book a tour today to satisfy your desire for deep space.  

Must See: A clear view of the Milky Way Galaxy


5. Experience the Frozen Flora

Activity: Snowshoeing

Duration: 1hr - 3hrs

Explore the trails around town on a pair of snowshoes, channeling bygone years of hunters, trappers and fur traders. Snowshoes allow you to walk across deep snow and into the backcountry. Explore a true winter wonderland when you visit Cassette Rapids. In the winter, when everything else is frozen solid, the steam from the rapids creates a stunning winter scenery as the trees become covered in hoar-frost several inches thick. If you can brave the winter weather, this hike provides some visual treats, especially in the months of February and March, after the hoar-frost has had a chance to accumulate on the trees. You’ll find information on trails and their difficulty level here. Contact the Fort Smith Rec Centre for information about snowshoe rentals: 867-872-4732.

Must See: Cassette Rapids Frozen Trees


6. Ice Skating on Pine Lake

Activity: Skating

Duration: 2hrs - 4hrs

The same turquoise waters that delight in the summer, charm in the winter. Once frozen, this oasis provides the perfect “highway” for snowshoeing, skiing, and even skating for the more hardcore folk. The shorter days make for beautiful light that causes the boreal forest shorelines to glow. When coupled with alluring pink and purple skies, this creates the backdrop for gorgeous photos, so you can remember these magical moments forever. Bring out a shovel and Skate to your heart's content in a beautiful remote setting on Pine Lake in Wood Buffalo National Park. 

Check out more of what Wood Buffalo National Park has to offer this winter here

Must See: The Frozen Highway on Pine Lake

7. Light Up The Park

Activity: Observation

Duration: Month Of December

Residents and businesses in Fort Smith have turned Queen Elizabeth Territorial Park’s campground into a magical festive loop of lights. Locals each decorated a campsite in a Light Up the Park initiative promoted by the Town of Fort Smith and the territorial government. Until Christmas Eve, people can take nightly vehicle tours of the lights from 5pm till 9pm. Admission is by donation of cash or non-perishable supplies for the town’s annual food and toy drive

Must See: Santa Claus