Snowshoeing in Alberta: Step off the beaten path with confidence
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By Joanne Elves
Strap a pair of snowshoes to your feet and let the topographic boundaries of winter in Alberta drift away. Step away from the resorts and the paved pathways to discover solitude and silence in some of the best untracked snow in the prairies. Best of all, Alberta has a lot of snow to spare – so you can pretty much go in any direction!
Interesting fact: The invention of the snowshoe is attributed to the Indigenous people of North America. The Inuit designs are round or triangular for walking across the tundra, the Cree made narrow shoes almost two metres long to walk through dense forests and the First Nations peoples of the Prairies learned to run after bison wearing snowshoes.
So, if the people over a century ago could chase bison wearing big clumsy heavy handmade snowshoes, why after three strides wearing lightweight streamlined modern snowshoes was I face down in a snowdrift? Thankfully, I wasn’t chasing supper. I was only out for a fun day exploring the forest near Banff.