B&B ski-in/ski-out, cidery tour, northern lights elevate Bonnyville nordic experience


A Bonnyville nordic getaway combines the best of outdoors, wellness and little luxuries to give yourself a winter treat. From the trails at the Bonnyville Nordic Ski Club at Muriel Lake, to ice fishing on Cold Lake, to the tasting room at Journey North Cidery, this ready-made adventure delivers on the pursuit of outdoor activity matched with rewarding comforts.

Cross-country skiing in Bonnyville 

Whether you’re looking for a serene solo experience or a getaway with friends, Bonnyville’s trails offer the perfect mix of natural elegance and well-maintained paths for skiers of all levels.

Bonnyville Nordic Skiing Muriel Lake cross-country ski trails
Photo: Paul Lavoie
A trail map at the entrance to the Muriel Lake nordic trail system.

The boreal forest surrounding Bonnyville area offers up a quiet retreat into nature, complemented with the camaraderie of the local scene. The Bonnyville Nordic Ski Club embodies the essence of local ski culture, which centers around bringing people together and enjoying the great outdoors. 

Founded by long-time skiers Les and Sarah Parsons, the club is built on the simple principle of sharing time outdoors with others, in support of community. 

“For me, it’s getting a community of people together,” says Les. “Our hope is just to build a community and connections with people of all ages; it’s family-friendly, affordable and it’s lifelong. There is no finish line.”

The club maintains groomed trails at Cold Lake Provincial Park, while the MD of Bonnyville maintains trails at Muriel Lake.

Ice fishing on Cold Lake 

Casting a line on Cold Lake in the late afternoon can be a way to commune with nature or just soak up some extra vitamin D on a winter's day.

ice fishing cold lake alberta
Photo: Jeremy Derksen
Cold Lake is a prime Alberta destination for ice fishing.

The lake is deep and full of trout, but whether you catch or just fish, the wide expanse of white lake and blue sky delivers that sense of deeper connection to place. You can check in with Anglers' Bait Tackle and More, for all your gear and guiding needs.

Cider tasting at Journey North 

Long winter days outdoors deserve treats. Now into its fourth year, Journey North Cidery serves up a variety of tasty ciders which you can sample in their restaurant and tasting room.

Journey North Cidery Bonnyville Alberta tasting room
Photo: Paul Lavoie
Cozying up next to the fireplace in Journey North's tasting room.

Add in a charcuterie board to replenish your energy after a big day. 


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Ski-in/ski-out at Bonnyville B&Bs

This region is know for its B&B scene, summer and winter, and Bonnyville doesn’t disappoint.

MD Bonnyville nordic trails Hamilton House B&B
Photo: Jeremy Derksen
Hamilton House B&B grooms and maintains its own cross-country ski trail network.

At Hamilton House, you can even ski groomed nordic trails right from your accommodations. 

Night sky watching 

Another thing about being in the north, the nights can sometimes surprise you with a show! And being in a more rural area, you don’t have to go far to get away from the haze of urban lights.

For those eager to experience the charm of nordic skiing while traversing the splendid landscapes of Alberta's north, add Bonnyville to your list of destinations. A community-driven atmosphere, accompanied by nature’s splendor, guarantees a getaway that will stay with you long after the snow melts. 

Don't let another winter pass you by without exploring the magical expanses of Bonnyville's cross-country skiing landscape.

When you go

getting there  Bonnyville is a 2.5h drive north of Edmonton via Hwy AB-28E.

Get more information for your trip on the MD Bonnyville visitor website.

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