The Best Easy Winter Walks in Canada
Just because it’s wintertime in Canada, it doesn’t mean you can’t get outside and get moving! Canada is a country full of beautiful natural scenery, with stunning walking and hiking trails in every province. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced outdoor adventurer, these easy winter walks are the perfect way to enjoy the cold temperatures.
Please be sure to check the weather and trail conditions before you venture out, especially after heavy snowfall or rain.
Canada’s second-largest urban park, Fish Creek Park is in the south end of Calgary. The park is crisscrossed with both paved and granular trails. Whether you walk along Fish Creek or the Bow River, the park is large enough that you can walk for an hour or the whole day.
Griffith Woods Park is a primarily natural environment park that lies along the banks of the Elbow River in the southwest part of Calgary. All of the trails at Griffith Woods Park are flat and easy to walk and there are both paved and unpaved trails to explore.
Vancouver, British Columbia
The six-kilometer loop trail in Lighthouse Park has little elevation gain, making it a good option for families or those looking for something easy. Enjoy stunning ocean views, old-growth Western Red Cedars, and the picturesque Starboat Cove.
One of the easiest short hikes near Vancouver, the Lower Falls Trail is located in Golden Ears Provincial Park. At less than five kilometers for a round trip, there is almost no elevation gain, which makes the Lower Falls Trail popular with families.
The Harte trail, located in Charleswood, runs along an old railway bed that used to be part of the Prairie Dog Central Railway. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll along this 6.5 km trail, which includes a mix of nature and residential areas.
If you’re looking for a pleasant short walk, look no further than Kings Park, located in the south end of Winnipeg. This 2.6 km walk boasts a Chinese Pagoda and an off-leash dog park, or you can check out the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth.
Moncton, New Brunswick
One of the largest urban parks in Canada, Irishtown Nature Park has separate trails for hiking, walking, and cycling that are cleared year-round. It’s perfect for a fun family day spent enjoying a diverse ecosystem featuring Acadian forests, varied terrain, marshlands, and a lake.
Some of the best places to go on a winter hike in Moncton are the trails in Mapleton Park. Running from Mapleton Road to Gorge Road, there are several easy trails that are groomed and sanded in the winter. Moderately challenging trails are left natural for those who prefer snowshoeing.
St. John’s, Newfoundland
Burma Road was built by American servicemen who manned coastal batteries on Signal Hill during the Second World War. Today, the Burma Road Trail is perfect for anyone looking for an easy hike. This 2.4 km round trip trail has a wide, gently sloping surface.
Immerse yourself in the oasis of tranquility that Pippy Park has to offer. You can choose between the gentle groomed trails within the park or the more advanced, twisting trails around Three Pond Barrens while enjoying spectacular views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Crystal Crescent Beach is as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer. This coastal hiking trail is nearly ten kilometers long, connecting multiple white sand beaches while traversing a spectacular coastline sprinkled with granite boulders.
Located on the south end of the Halifax peninsula, this historic 75-hectare woodland features 39 km of easy, criss-crossing trails. Point Pleasant Park lives up to its name as a great spot for walking or relaxing, plus much of the park is wheelchair-accessible. The iconic park also features historic ruins, picnic benches, public restrooms, and gorgeous views of Halifax Harbour and the nearby Northwest Arm.
The Beechvile-Lakeside-Timberlea Trail boasts flat terrain that crosses through several communities on its way, making it perfect for a winter walk. You can even choose whether you want to walk along a river, through the forest, or beside a lake.
Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park
Located about one kilometer from Iqaluit, Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park offers picturesque scenery accented by the river that separates the park in two as it winds across the tundra. During your walk, you can enjoy one of the many archeological sites dating back to the time of the Thule (the predecessors of the various modern Inuit groups), as well as a variety of plants and wildlife.
If you want an easy trail with views of the frozen Humber River, you will enjoy the 8.2-km Humber River Recreation Trail. It’s the perfect urban wilderness escape offering views of both city scenery and quaint neighborhoods.
This tranquil park features four kilometers of trails and wide-open spaces, just blocks from York University. For those who prefer to walk rather than cross-country ski, the trails in this park are regularly groomed during the winter.
The beautiful Victoria Park is situated in the center of the city with the bay on three sides and the city to the north. Primarily used for walking, this 1.4-kilometre trail is good for all skill levels and also offers a historic site with cannons halfway around the boardwalk.
An easy walk of fewer than seven kilometers, the Winter River Trail can be found just five kilometers from Charlottetown. Be sure to look for squirrels, rabbits, and foxes among the white spruce trees and listen for songbirds.
The Chief Whitecap Park includes both open prairie at the top of the valley with more wooded areas found as you descend towards the river. During the winter months, you can view massive ice dams created by the Saskatchewan River meeting shallow portions of the riverbed.
Running through the heart of Saskatoon, the Meewasin Valley Trail covers about 90 kilometers and is perfect for families who want to walk alongside the South Saskatchewan River. Choose a starting point and wander under bridges and through landscaped parks.
Whitehorse, Yukon Territories
Hidden Lake Loop is part of an extensive network of walking trails featuring a landscape of ponds, marshes, and mixed pine and aspen forest. Enjoy an easy 1.8-kilometre walk around one of the smaller kettle lakes or complete a longer loop around the largest lake.
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