The Castle Parks offer a wide variety of front country and backcountry winter experiences including snowshoeing, skiing, ice fishing, wildlife viewing and backcountry camping.
Winter Interpretive Programs are available, check albertaparks.ca/castle for details! Contact our Environmental Educator at 403–627–1152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an Alberta Parks Winter Ecology program or Introduction to Snowshoeing program.
Enjoy an outdoor weekend snowshoeing with your family at the Syncline Cross-Country Ski area. If you don’t have snowshoes, sign out an Alberta Parks Winter Family Explorers Kit at the Pincher Creek Municipal Library and Crowsnest Pass Library. There are track set trails for skiers.
Just snowshoe alongside, not over top, so you don’t disturb the ski trail. Or join park staff on a winter snowshoe adventure exploring the new Castle Park, its wildlife and landscape, while enjoying a day outdoors!
Syncline Cross-Country Ski Area has over 20 kilometres of packed and tracked ski trails, between the South Castle and West Castle rivers. The scenic beauty of these trails extends through rolling landscapes of montane forests and meadows. The Syncline Castle Trails Association (SCaT) is a non-profit volunteer group that helps maintain these trails. Alberta Parks has recently upgraded the Syncline parking areas, which will be maintained and plowed for the winter season.
Snowshoeing is permitted anywhere in the Castle Parks unless otherwise posted. Know your routes, carry weather appropriate gear, and safety and navigation equipment. Snowshoeing is also permitted on the Syncline Cross-Country Trail system, however please keep off to the side of the groomed ski tracks.
Fat bikes are allowed on designated trails unless otherwise posted. Caution is advised as most trails are not yet improved or regularly maintained, and are shared by motorized and non-motorized users. Know how to safely recreate in a winter backcountry environment and carry appropriate gear, and safety and navigation equipment.
Approximate Operation Season
December- March *Dependent on Snow Conditions
Rules and Regulations
Regulations under the Provincial Parks Act are enforced by Conservation Officers (Peace Officers in the Province of Alberta). Conservation Officers work with local police authorities to ensure the safety of park visitors. Please familiarize yourself with the regulations that apply. A complete set of park regulations is accessible online or from park staff.