William A. Switzer  Provincial Park
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Winter Recreation

Winter camping available at:

Cross-Country Skiing

Day Use Shelters

Ice Fishing

  • You can ice fish on any of the lakes in Switzer.
  • For regulations and restrictions: Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations.
  • Fishing licenses and Wildlife Identification Number (WIN) cards (required to purchase sportfishing licences) available online:
    • everyone between the ages of 16 and 65 years old must have an Alberta anglers license
    • seniors residing outside of Alberta must also purchase an Alberta angling license
  • For your safety:
    • be prepared for weather changes, wild animals, equipment breakdowns and accidents
    • use caution on ice! Never travel alone. Springs can cause ice to melt in unexpected places. According to the Canadian Red Cross, ice should be a minimum of 20 centimetres thick for group activities and a minimum of 25 centimetres thick for snowmobiles. Ice should be clear and solid in texture.
  • Switzer hosts an ice fishing derby in February as part of Hinton's annual Winter Magic Festival.  

Skating

  • You can skate on any of the lakes in Switzer Park, conditions permitting.  Try Kelley's Bathtub for a great view.
  • Use caution on ice! Never skate alone. Springs can cause ice to melt in unexpected places. According to the Canadian Red Cross, ice should be a minimum of 20 centimetres thick for group activities. Ice should be clear and solid in texture.

Sledding

Snowshoeing

  • Snowshoeing permitted only on trails that are not track-set for cross-country skiing. Try Friendly Vista Trail.
  • To book group & school snowshoe programs:
    • Scott Sunderwald - phone 780-817-3797 (to be connected toll-free in Alberta, dial 310-0000 followed by the number); email: scott.sunderwald@gov.ab.ca