Outdoor Winter Fun
Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort
Tucked away on the eastern borders of the M.D. you'll find a hidden winter wonderland – Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort.
Snowboarders and skiers can sail to new heights at one of the resort's three terrain parks, and grab a soft landing at Northern Alberta's only Bag Jump.
Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned skier or snowboarder, Kinosoo is for you. At the Learn To Ski Park, there is a Magic Carpet to whisk you to the top of the hill, while there are four lifts, including a quick quad chair, to take you to the top of the trees to the rest of the 42 acres of skiable terrain.
There are more ways to enjoy Kinosoo than just by skis or snowboards. Fly down our fantastic, four-lane tube park that has people yelling "woohoo!" all the way down the hill.
Need to warm up? Check out the Warming Shack by the Tube Park, serving hot chocolate and coffee, or head over to the Chalet for a delicious burger, salad or steaming slice of pizza.
Even when the weather is cold, let our warm staff guide you through the many services the Ridge offers, including lessons, sit-ski experience for those with special needs, freestyle camps, equipment rentals and food service.
The winter season is from late November to early April.
Kinosoo Ridge is located 14 kilometres northeast of downtown Cold Lake on French Bay. Call 780-594-5564 for more information.
The air is crisp and snow crunches beneath your feet. Your breath vapours hang in the air momentarily. There is no better way to clear your head than a walk through the bush in newly fallen snow. Winter can be long in the Bonnyville/Cold Lake region, but there is plenty to do when outfitted properly.
Cross Country Skiing
Muriel Lake Municipal District Park, just outside of Bonnyville, has 13 kilometers of groomed trails in a boreal forest setting. Visit the ski updates page or the municipal district Facebook page, for up-to-date snow conditions. Cold Lake Provincial Park has 13.5 kilometres of intermittently groomed trails and Moose Lake Provincial Park has 6 kilometres of intermittently groomed trails.
The Cold Lake Golf and Winter Club on 4 Wing Cold Lake offers kilometres of groomed cross country ski trails set on the golf course.
The icy sport attracts a lot of anglers once our lakes freeze over. For a more customized outing, hook up with It's A Keeper Guided Fishing Tours and Lodge at 780-826-4895 to reel in a monster Lake Trout or a "northern lobster" (Burbot). For a smaller, but tasty meal, put in a line for Rainbow Trout on Little Bear Lake. Great catches of Walleye, Yellow Perch and Lake Whitefish are always possible on many of our lakes.
Rocky Narrows Fishing Adventures provides rental ice fishing shacks on Moose Lake and Manatokan Lake to accommodate four to six fishermen, with the additional comfort of wood burning stoves. Shacks can be moved to different lakes within the Lakeland for an additional cost.
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The Bonnyville Snowdusters Snowmobile Club has developed trails around Moose Lake, and along the Beaver and Sand Rivers, providing a 50 km round trip. The South Cabin Trail is an 80 km round trip, connecting to the Heinsburg and Elk Point trail systems. The Wolf Lake area offers a forested region of cutlines and old roads.
Once Cold Lake freezes over, it is a snowmobilers paradise. The Cold Lake Snowmobile Club has a warm-up shelter on the northeast side of Crane Lake, accessible from a trail starting at Sandy Beach on Cold Lake, with a viewing point at Ethel Lake.
Trans Canada Snowmobile Trail
The Trans Canada Snowmobile Trail links up with the Iron Horse Trail on the east side of Cold Lake. Unfortunately, the Beaver River Trestle, just outside of Cold Lake, was damaged in a fire last year, and as a result, access to the rest of the Iron Horse Trail from Cold Lake is not possible until further notice. Riders can access the 300 kilometre Iron Horse Trail just before the hamlet of Ardmore and use it as a jumping off point to access countless kilometers of backcountry trails and cutlines that weave through the region's more rugged terrain. In our region, snowmobilers can experience virtually every type of riding. The area offers a diverse mixture of open areas; lakes, hills, valleys, ravines, creek beds, rivers, treed, and sheltered trails. For more information check out their website at Iron Horse Trail.