It can’t be an exaggeration to say that Canada boasts some of the world’s most spectacular wintertime scenery. After all, this is a northern country with no shortage of the white stuff, stunning mountains, lakes, vast boreal forests, and other gorgeous wild landscapes.
With a pair of Crescent Moon snowshoes as your (incredible) means of transport, you can experience just how photogenic Canada’s wildlands are in the snow. Here are four outstanding viewpoints reachable by snowshoes!
Snowshoe Lookout Hills Trail (Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland)
From its Gulf of St. Lawrence fjords to the Long Range Mountains (the northernmost extension of the Appalachians), Gros Morne National Park is a Canadian treasure—one recognized for its global significance as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Snowshoers find a fabulous winter playground here. One of the best routes, given good snow conditions, is the 5-kilometer round-trip trek to the top of Partridgeberry Hill on the Lookout Hills Trail, which starts at the Discovery Centre. The 1,328-foot vantage provides a showstopper panorama that includes Bonne Bay, the evocative Tablelands, the Lookout Hills, and the imposing, 2648-foot dome of Gros Morne Mountain, the second-highest peak in the Longe Range Mountains.
Snowshoe Peyto Lake (Banff National Park, Alberta)
Peyto Lake is about as postcard-perfect a glacial lake as you could ask for, and it’s all yours to admire via a short snowshoe trek off the Icefields Parkway in Banff. A wintertime view doesn’t give you the full effect of Peyto’s ethereal color—which stems from the “glacial flour” eroded into its drainage by the Peyto Glacier and Wapta Icefield—but the snow-covered immensity of its framing Waputik Range peaks more than makes up for that.
Snowshoe Ptarmigan Cirque (Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta)
At 7,239 feet, Highwood Pass is the loftiest paved pass in all of Canada and a great jumping-off point for high-country adventures in Kananaskis Country. Before the road closes up at the start of December, you can take advantage of the early snowpack by snowshoeing to the gorgeous Ptarmigan Cirque, a yawning amphitheater between Mounts Rae and Arethusa in the Misty Range. The sprawling, walled-in meadowlands here serve up stunning scenery on the cusp of winter. Just take heed of the weather forecast and only tackle the route if you’re experienced with avalanche safety.
Snowshoe Rainbow Falls (Whistler, British Columbia)
The short (about 1.4 kilometers round-trip) and easy snowshoe along 21 Mile Creek to Rainbow Falls—just a hop, skip, and a jump from Whistler Village—is about as family-friendly as they come. The waterfall in question looks especially dramatic in winter when ice formations form along the spraying flume. Suppose you’re jonesing for more scenery and prepared for a more rigorous, 16-kilometer undertaking. In that case, you can continue on the Rainbow Trail to reach splendid Rainbow Lake, backdropped by Wedge Mountain and other great peaks of the Garibaldi Ranges.
Bag Some Dazzling Canadian Winter Views on Crescent Moon Snowshoes
We’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to the mind-boggling scenery you can reach on Canadian winter trails and cross-country routes outfitted in a pair of Crescent Moon foam snowshoes. The above four at least give you a taster pack of what’s out there, though—and there’s something among them for all skill levels!