William A. Switzer Provincial Park

Alberta Parks

Activities & Events

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  • Thursday Night Group Ski

    Thursday, January 30, 2020
    • Thursday Night Adult Group Ski at Hinton Nordic Centre - classic or skate skiing
    • Suitable for adults of all levels, lit trails
    • Bring a headlamp
    • More info: www.hintonnordic.ca or Hinton Nordic Centre facebook
    Where: Hinton Nordic Centre Main Lodge
    When: 7:00 pm
    Fee: Club membership or $10 drop in fee required
  • Switzer Park Winter Activities

    Saturday, February 1, 2020

    Come visit us at Switzer Visitor Centre from 11am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February!

    You can:

    • Rent snowshoes: $5/hr, $20/day, $40/family for a day
    • Borrow toboggans
    • Get trail information for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking
    • Find out where to winter camp
    • Buy firewood and have a campfire
    • Grab some hot chocolate or coffee for your adventure and browse the gift shop

     

    More Information:

    Hinton Parks Office 780-865-8395
    Switzer Visitor Centre 780-865-5600

    Fee: Free
  • Guided Winter Hike/Snowshoe

    Saturday, February 1, 2020
    • Hike or Snowshoe - dependent on snow conditions
    • Meet at Switzer Visitor Centre at 12 noon, 2 hour hike, hiking locations will vary
    • Snowshoe Rentals available for $5/person
    • Come prepared:  dress in layers, bring extra socks, treats, water, tea, sunglasses, winter boots
    • Hikes are focused on winter travel safety, technique, winter survival, animal tracks, how to dress, comfort and fun in the snow!
    • Hike will be cancelled if temperature is below -20 Celsius

     

    More Information:

    780-865-8395 or jennifer.windl@gov.ab.ca

    Fee: Free hike, snowshoe rental extra
  • Switzer Park Winter Activities

    Sunday, February 2, 2020

    Come visit us at Switzer Visitor Centre from 11am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February!

    You can:

    • Rent snowshoes: $5/hr, $20/day, $40/family for a day
    • Borrow toboggans
    • Get trail information for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking
    • Find out where to winter camp
    • Buy firewood and have a campfire
    • Grab some hot chocolate or coffee for your adventure and browse the gift shop

     

    More Information:

    Hinton Parks Office 780-865-8395
    Switzer Visitor Centre 780-865-5600

    Fee: Free
  • Thursday Night Group Ski

    Thursday, February 6, 2020
    • Thursday Night Adult Group Ski at Hinton Nordic Centre - classic or skate skiing
    • Suitable for adults of all levels, lit trails
    • Bring a headlamp
    • More info: www.hintonnordic.ca or Hinton Nordic Centre facebook
    Where: Hinton Nordic Centre Main Lodge
    When: 7:00 pm
    Fee: Club membership or $10 drop in fee required
  • Switzer Park Winter Activities

    Saturday, February 8, 2020

    Come visit us at Switzer Visitor Centre from 11am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February!

    You can:

    • Rent snowshoes: $5/hr, $20/day, $40/family for a day
    • Borrow toboggans
    • Get trail information for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking
    • Find out where to winter camp
    • Buy firewood and have a campfire
    • Grab some hot chocolate or coffee for your adventure and browse the gift shop

     

    More Information:

    Hinton Parks Office 780-865-8395
    Switzer Visitor Centre 780-865-5600

    Fee: Free
  • Guided Winter Hike/Snowshoe

    Saturday, February 8, 2020
    • Hike or Snowshoe - dependent on snow conditions
    • Meet at Switzer Visitor Centre at 12 noon, 2 hour hike, hiking locations will vary
    • Snowshoe Rentals available for $5/person
    • Come prepared:  dress in layers, bring extra socks, treats, water, tea, sunglasses, winter boots
    • Hikes are focused on winter travel safety, technique, winter survival, animal tracks, how to dress, comfort and fun in the snow!
    • Hike will be cancelled if temperature is below -20 Celsius

     

    More Information:

    780-865-8395 or jennifer.windl@gov.ab.ca

    Fee: Free hike, snowshoe rental extra
  • Switzer Park Winter Activities

    Sunday, February 9, 2020

    Come visit us at Switzer Visitor Centre from 11am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February!

    You can:

    • Rent snowshoes: $5/hr, $20/day, $40/family for a day
    • Borrow toboggans
    • Get trail information for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking
    • Find out where to winter camp
    • Buy firewood and have a campfire
    • Grab some hot chocolate or coffee for your adventure and browse the gift shop

     

    More Information:

    Hinton Parks Office 780-865-8395
    Switzer Visitor Centre 780-865-5600

    Fee: Free
  • Thursday Night Group Ski

    Thursday, February 13, 2020
    • Thursday Night Adult Group Ski at Hinton Nordic Centre - classic or skate skiing
    • Suitable for adults of all levels, lit trails
    • Bring a headlamp
    • More info: www.hintonnordic.ca or Hinton Nordic Centre facebook
    Where: Hinton Nordic Centre Main Lodge
    When: 7:00 pm
    Fee: Club membership or $10 drop in fee required
  • Hinton Chilli Loppet

    Saturday, February 15, 2020

    Snow! Skiing! Chilli! What could be more fun?!

    A cross country ski loppet is a timed event but really it is all about participation and having fun with other skiers at this family friendly event.

    Race Start:  11:00 a.m.

    Be sure to check www.hintonnordic.ca or the Hinton Nordic Centre facebook page for information and updates on this event

    Where: Hinton Nordic Centre
    Registration:

    10:00 a.m. at the Main Lodge

     


    Fee: Free for members; $10.00 for non-members 12 yrs & older
    More Info:

    www.hintonnordic.ca or the Hinton Nordic Centre facebook page 


  • Free Fishing Weekend - February

    Saturday, February 15, 2020 - Monday, February 17, 2020

    Family Day Weekend is free Family Fishing Weekend in Alberta - no licence required!

    • Come give fishing a try in provincial parks with water bodies with open fishing seasons (not in national parks). All Alberta Fishing Regulations apply, including size and limits; be sure to be aware of annual changes to regulations
    • Check the Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations
    Fee: Free
  • Switzer Park Winter Activities

    Saturday, February 15, 2020

    Come visit us at Switzer Visitor Centre from 11am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February!

    You can:

    • Rent snowshoes: $5/hr, $20/day, $40/family for a day
    • Borrow toboggans
    • Get trail information for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking
    • Find out where to winter camp
    • Buy firewood and have a campfire
    • Grab some hot chocolate or coffee for your adventure and browse the gift shop

     

    More Information:

    Hinton Parks Office 780-865-8395
    Switzer Visitor Centre 780-865-5600

    Fee: Free
  • Guided Winter Hike/Snowshoe

    Saturday, February 15, 2020
    • Hike or Snowshoe - dependent on snow conditions
    • Meet at Switzer Visitor Centre at 12 noon, 2 hour hike, hiking locations will vary
    • Snowshoe Rentals available for $5/person
    • Come prepared:  dress in layers, bring extra socks, treats, water, tea, sunglasses, winter boots
    • Hikes are focused on winter travel safety, technique, winter survival, animal tracks, how to dress, comfort and fun in the snow!
    • Hike will be cancelled if temperature is below -20 Celsius

     

    More Information:

    780-865-8395 or jennifer.windl@gov.ab.ca

    Fee: Free hike, snowshoe rental extra
  • Bonhomme Carnaval

    Sunday, February 16, 2020

    Bienvenue!   

    Celebrate the French Canadian Culture and Food at this annual family friendly fun event!

    • 12:00 to 4:00 pm
    • Free cross country skiing (equipment supplied)
    • Free kick sledding (equipment supplied, or bring your own toboggan)
    • Traditional French Canadian cuisine available in concession (regular concession fare also available)
    • Sugaring off on the snow (pure maple syrup on a stick) (for a fee)
    • Traditional French music and fun activities

    Hosted by: CPF (Canadian Parents for French, Hinton Group)

    Where: Hinton Nordic Centre Main Lodge
    Fee: Free (fees apply for concession & maple syrup sugaring off)
    More Info:

    Email:  cpfhinton@gmail.com


  • Switzer Park Winter Activities

    Sunday, February 16, 2020

    Come visit us at Switzer Visitor Centre from 11am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February!

    You can:

    • Rent snowshoes: $5/hr, $20/day, $40/family for a day
    • Borrow toboggans
    • Get trail information for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking
    • Find out where to winter camp
    • Buy firewood and have a campfire
    • Grab some hot chocolate or coffee for your adventure and browse the gift shop

     

    More Information:

    Hinton Parks Office 780-865-8395
    Switzer Visitor Centre 780-865-5600

    Fee: Free
  • Family Day Snowshoe

    Monday, February 17, 2020
    • Meet at 1:00 pm, plan on a 2-2.5 hour snowshoe
    • Casual guided snowshoe through the forest; No experience necessary
    • Led by ACC member Wayne Campbell
    • Snowshoes provided if needed; Bring warm clothing, warm footwear, water, snack

     

    Where: Kelleys Bathtub Switzer Visitor Centre
    Fee: Free
    More Info:

    780-865-8395 or 780-865-5600


  • Switzer Park Winter Activities

    Monday, February 17, 2020

    Come visit us at Switzer Visitor Centre from 11am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February!

    You can:

    • Rent snowshoes: $5/hr, $20/day, $40/family for a day
    • Borrow toboggans
    • Get trail information for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking
    • Find out where to winter camp
    • Buy firewood and have a campfire
    • Grab some hot chocolate or coffee for your adventure and browse the gift shop

     

    More Information:

    Hinton Parks Office 780-865-8395
    Switzer Visitor Centre 780-865-5600

    Fee: Free
  • Thursday Night Group Ski

    Thursday, February 20, 2020
    • Thursday Night Adult Group Ski at Hinton Nordic Centre - classic or skate skiing
    • Suitable for adults of all levels, lit trails
    • Bring a headlamp
    • More info: www.hintonnordic.ca or Hinton Nordic Centre facebook
    Where: Hinton Nordic Centre Main Lodge
    When: 7:00 pm
    Fee: Club membership or $10 drop in fee required
  • Switzer Park Winter Activities

    Saturday, February 22, 2020

    Come visit us at Switzer Visitor Centre from 11am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February!

    You can:

    • Rent snowshoes: $5/hr, $20/day, $40/family for a day
    • Borrow toboggans
    • Get trail information for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking
    • Find out where to winter camp
    • Buy firewood and have a campfire
    • Grab some hot chocolate or coffee for your adventure and browse the gift shop

     

    More Information:

    Hinton Parks Office 780-865-8395
    Switzer Visitor Centre 780-865-5600

    Fee: Free
  • Guided Winter Hike/Snowshoe

    Saturday, February 22, 2020
    • Hike or Snowshoe - dependent on snow conditions
    • Meet at Switzer Visitor Centre at 12 noon, 2 hour hike, hiking locations will vary
    • Snowshoe Rentals available for $5/person
    • Come prepared:  dress in layers, bring extra socks, treats, water, tea, sunglasses, winter boots
    • Hikes are focused on winter travel safety, technique, winter survival, animal tracks, how to dress, comfort and fun in the snow!
    • Hike will be cancelled if temperature is below -20 Celsius

     

    More Information:

    780-865-8395 or jennifer.windl@gov.ab.ca

    Fee: Free hike, snowshoe rental extra
  • Switzer Park Winter Activities

    Sunday, February 23, 2020

    Come visit us at Switzer Visitor Centre from 11am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February!

    You can:

    • Rent snowshoes: $5/hr, $20/day, $40/family for a day
    • Borrow toboggans
    • Get trail information for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking
    • Find out where to winter camp
    • Buy firewood and have a campfire
    • Grab some hot chocolate or coffee for your adventure and browse the gift shop

     

    More Information:

    Hinton Parks Office 780-865-8395
    Switzer Visitor Centre 780-865-5600

    Fee: Free
  • Thursday Night Group Ski

    Thursday, February 27, 2020
    • Thursday Night Adult Group Ski at Hinton Nordic Centre - classic or skate skiing
    • Suitable for adults of all levels, lit trails
    • Bring a headlamp
    • More info: www.hintonnordic.ca or Hinton Nordic Centre facebook
    Where: Hinton Nordic Centre Main Lodge
    When: 7:00 pm
    Fee: Club membership or $10 drop in fee required
  • Switzer Park Winter Activities

    Saturday, February 29, 2020

    Come visit us at Switzer Visitor Centre from 11am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February!

    You can:

    • Rent snowshoes: $5/hr, $20/day, $40/family for a day
    • Borrow toboggans
    • Get trail information for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking
    • Find out where to winter camp
    • Buy firewood and have a campfire
    • Grab some hot chocolate or coffee for your adventure and browse the gift shop

     

    More Information:

    Hinton Parks Office 780-865-8395
    Switzer Visitor Centre 780-865-5600

    Fee: Free
  • Guided Winter Hike/Snowshoe

    Saturday, February 29, 2020
    • Hike or Snowshoe - dependent on snow conditions
    • Meet at Switzer Visitor Centre at 12 noon, 2 hour hike, hiking locations will vary
    • Snowshoe Rentals available for $5/person
    • Come prepared:  dress in layers, bring extra socks, treats, water, tea, sunglasses, winter boots
    • Hikes are focused on winter travel safety, technique, winter survival, animal tracks, how to dress, comfort and fun in the snow!
    • Hike will be cancelled if temperature is below -20 Celsius

     

    More Information:

    780-865-8395 or jennifer.windl@gov.ab.ca

    Fee: Free hike, snowshoe rental extra
  • Switzer Park Winter Activities

    Sunday, March 1, 2020

    Come visit us at Switzer Visitor Centre from 11am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February!

    You can:

    • Rent snowshoes: $5/hr, $20/day, $40/family for a day
    • Borrow toboggans
    • Get trail information for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking
    • Find out where to winter camp
    • Buy firewood and have a campfire
    • Grab some hot chocolate or coffee for your adventure and browse the gift shop

     

    More Information:

    Hinton Parks Office 780-865-8395
    Switzer Visitor Centre 780-865-5600

    Fee: Free
  • Calforex Cup #3, NorAm #3 Alberta Winter Games Qualifier

    Saturday, March 7, 2020 - Sunday, March 8, 2020

    Biathlon is an Olympic winter sport, which combines competitive, free-technique cross-country skiing and small-bore rifle marksmanship.  Be sure to check www.hintonnordic.ca or the Hinton Nordic Centre facebook page for information and updates on this event

    Fee: Free for spectators
  • Alberta Free Fishing Weekend - July

    Saturday, July 4, 2020

    July 4 & 5, 2020 is free Family Fishing Weekend in Alberta - no licence required!

    • Come give fishing a try in provincial parks with water bodies with open fishing seasons (not in national parks). All Alberta Fishing Regulations apply, like size and catch limits, still apply; be sure to be aware of annual changes to regulations
    • This includes all the lakes in William A. Switzer Park - and Jarvis Creek too
    • Check the Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations
    Fee: Free
  • Alberta Free Fishing Weekend - July

    Sunday, July 5, 2020

    July 4 & 5, 2020 is free Family Fishing Weekend in Alberta - no licence required!

    • Come give fishing a try in provincial parks with water bodies with open fishing seasons (not in national parks). All Alberta Fishing Regulations apply, like size and catch limits, still apply; be sure to be aware of annual changes to regulations
    • This includes all the lakes in William A. Switzer Park - and Jarvis Creek too
    • Check the Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations
    Fee: Free
  • Parks Day

    Saturday, July 18, 2020
    • Come celebrate Parks Day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Enjoy fun, educational, family-oriented events!
    • Check out the wildlife displays, win prizes, or visit the mascots and the Alberta Parks horse patrol!
    • Give ancient hunting techniques a try with traditional archery and atlatl spear throwers.
    • Give lumberjack life a go with cross-cut saws!
    • Prize draws at 2:00 at the Visitor Centre
    Fee: Free
    More Info:

    780-865-5600