Bring Your Toys And Come Play

Length: 3 Days

Day One

Hit The Slopes
Hit up Misery Mountain Ski Area with the family for the day. The hill has the most breathtaking 360-degree view of the Peace River Valley at the top. Misery Mountain Ski Area offers downhill skiing and boarding on 26 slopes. Their hill boasts a quad chair lift and t-bars. They also maintain a Terrain Park for the freestyle enthusiasts. Their trails are friendly for both beginning riders to the most advanced skiers and snowboarders. For lunch make sure you try their authentic poutine. The chalet has a liquor license if you would like to relax in the chalet while the kids hit the slopes.

Misery Mountain Ski Area has an abundance of snowshoe trails to experience as well. You can rent snowshoes, snowboard and ski equipment at the hill.

Day Two

Kick Back and Relax at Figure 8 Lake

You are not a true traveller until you have tried ice fishing. Pack a lunch and go out for the whole day. Figure Eight Lake Provincial Recreation Area is a little slice of winter paradise. The lake boasts exceptional ice fishing for a variety of trout. Ice fishing is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Make sure you build a big bonfire on the ice to stay warm and bring marshmallows for the kiddos. If you are lucky and caught fish, cook dinner out at the lake. The lake is a great spot for birding, wildlife viewing and snowshoeing. If you stay out late enough you might even be able to experience the Northern Lights or the Mighty Peace’s dark sky. The lake is a great spot for northern lights viewing because there is no light pollution and the sky is completely open. The best time to view the northern lights is from September through mid May.

Day Three

The Pond Hockey Experience

Teams make the journey from all over Canada and a few teams even come internationally for their chance to stake claim to the Alberta Pond Hockey Championship and hoist the prestigious trophies. The weekend is jammed packed with a little something for everyone. From dogsled rides, live music, snow sculptures, ice skating, stick curling, local food, a beer garden, ringette, some good old Canadian Hockey and lots of opportunities for the perfect Instagram photo op. The Championships final games are held on the Sunday and they are always competitive fun games to watch. An event volunteer even rides through the tournament giving out free Tim Hortons hot chocolate and coffee to keep spectators warm. The Championship is held at the beautiful Lac Cardinal Provincial Park. If you bring your toys there is snowshoe trails, great ice fishing and lots of wild life viewing. Not to mention the Northern Lights usually always make an appearance during the Alberta Pond Hockey Championship weekend.

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