Winter Fun in Castle Provincial Park

by - Friday, March 02, 2018

Castle Provincial Park offers wild winter adventures for all outdoor enthusiasts.

Set in the Crown of the Continent, Castle Provincial Park is a gem of a winter adventure playground. With stunning scenery, tons of snow, and thousands of acres of wilderness, it's easy to get away from it all in this mountain park only half an hour from Pincher Creek. Enjoy ice fishing and snowshoeing at Beaver Mines Lake, cross country skiing at Syncline, downhill skiing at Castle Mountain Resort, or snowmobiling in Random Ride Areas.

Snowshoeing at Beaver Mines Lake, Castle Provincial Park
Snowshoeing at Beaver Mines Lake, Castle Provincial Park
Castle Provincial Park turned one year old this month, and is steadily adding programs and amenities to enhance your park experience. At South Syncline's beautiful new warming hut, Bree Kullman of Alberta Parks tells us, "Keep an eye out. We’re only just beginning." Bree leads the team of guides in the park who run tours like starshoeing (stargazing + snowshoeing), learn to ice fish, and wilderness survival. See the complete list of programs at Alberta Parks - Castle - Activities & Events.

Add Castle Provincial Park to your #BucketlistAB and read more on SnowSeekers: 
Castle Provincial Park, Alberta's newest park, is worth the drive.


Cozy warming hut at Syncline South, Castle Provincial Park
Cozy warming hut at Syncline South, Castle Provincial Park
"Starshoeing is my very favorite tour," Bree gushes. “We were out here a month back for a full moon tour and we could see the Milky Way. We weren’t using headlamps. It was just so great!” Although Castle Provincial Park doesn't have dark sky preserve status yet, it is just as dark as neighboring Waterton Lakes Provincial Park, so the skies are "jaw dropping."

You can snowshoe virtually anywhere in the park (be avalanche aware however), but the most popular spots are Beaver Mines Lake, with awesome views of Table Mountain and great ice fishing; South Syncline's multi-use trails (20 km of trails groomed for nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and fatbiking); and North Syncline's new snowshoe-only trail. Check out the Castle Provincial Park Winter Brochure (with trail map) for more details.

Snowshoeing at South Syncline, Castle Provincial Park
Snowshoeing at South Syncline, Castle Provincial Park
Rediscover Castle Provincial Park in winter and make it a weekend by staying at the Pincher Creek Ramada or Castle River Bridge Campground (open year round - bring your own firewood)!

For more winter fun in Castle Provincial Park, check out my story on SnowSeekers: 
Castle Provincial Park, Alberta's newest park, is worth the drive.


Disclosure: A huge thank you to Alberta Parks, SnowSeekers, and Travel Alberta for making this trip happen! All words and opinions are my own.


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