Find your winter ZEN with these five Alberta, BC winter events


Fresh snowflakes, frosty cheeks flush from activity... is there anything quite like playing in the snow? 

It's a cherished childhood memory for so many Canadians, but as adults we sometimes forget the simple pleasures. 

Here's your reminder: it's okay to play in the snow—in fact, you should! Snow play transforms, which is our whole goal here @ZenSeekers, your source for transformational travel experiences. 

Alberta and BC offer up a wealth of winter activities and events that will have you frolicking like a kid again, in awe of the beauty and adventure of the season.

Five Zen Alberta, BC winter events for 2023-24

Bookmark this page, add these events to your calendar and be sure not to miss out on the most wonderful time of the year.

The Style Experience: FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup 
Dec 9, 2023  Edmonton, AB 
Style Experience Canada Snowboard Edmonton AB big air
Photo: Riley Main
The Style Experience is aptly named, for its big tricks and visual wow.

In Edmonton, they'll even bring the mountains to you! That means there's no excuse for sleeping on the fun! 

Picture the worlds’ best snowboarders hurtling down a giant snow ramp, dropping into the bowl of Commonwealth Stadium, in downtown Edmonton, as they throw their best tricks in a mind-blowing Big Air comp you don’t want to miss!

Jasper in January 
Jan 12-28, 2024  Jasper, AB 
Jasper AB fireside Pyramid Lake Paul Lavoie Jasper in January
Photo: Paul Lavoie
Jasper in January brings you winter Zen with a host of community, winter events.

Put this one on your Christmas list! Right after Christmas comes the classic Jasper in January. 

This winter event is over 30 years running, with deals on skiing, accommodations and special events around town including craft spirit tasting, sleigh rides, Indigenous story telling and star gazing. There are few places as Zen as Jasper.


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If you're heading up for the festival, here are a few winter tips to make the most of your time.  

Vernon Winter Carnival 
Feb 2-11, 2024  Vernon, BC
Vernon BC Vernon Winter Carnival snow sculpture Madeline Williams
Photo: Madeline Williams
Some of the world's best snow sculptors converge on SilverStar in February for the annual Vernon Winter Carnival.

Western Canada’s largest winter carnival, over 60 years (or 100+, depending on how you count... ) transforms winter into a feast for the senses, with giant snow sculptures and a Cappadocia-style balloon light up to warm the coldest of winter nights.

Play winter soccer, enjoy tastings and of course, get out skiing and snowboarding during this fun ten days in Vernon.

Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival
Feb 9-24, 2024  Edmonton, AB
Bonnyville Alberta nordic skiing trio and dog Jeremy Derksen
Photo: Jeremy Derksen
Cross-country skiing is one of the most Zen winter activities you'll find.

It may sound extreme, with its 55-kilometre signature cross-country ski race, but the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival is for everyone regardless of your nordic prowess. 

With fun races starting at 500m, and working up from 2km to 4, 7 and 13km distances, this is a festival about sharing the simple love of sliding on snow. Build your skills as you go, and enjoy one of the most exhilarating and healthy ways to move through your winter.

Wells Winter Wonder Carnival
March 2024  Wells, BC

Visiting Wells is like taking a trip to a fantastical Santa's village, or Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, if he used only white chocolate. This colourful northern BC town is rich in community and creativity, with artists, makers and winter-lovers who love to celebrate the season. 

While 2024 marks the second Winter Wonders Carnival in Wells, this is a town that knows how to throw a party. Read this SnowSeekers feature to get a sense of Wells' extra special winter allure.

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