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2020 2021

Winter Adventure Guide

www.md.bonnyville.ab.ca MDBonnyville


#SkiNorthAB #TakeItToTheLake

What’s Inside

03 Winter Wonder

08 Cross-Country Skiing

16 Put it on Ice

04 Kinosoo Ridge

12 Take a Ride

18 Hard Water Fishing



Brews & Bites

Game On!

07 Join the Club

14 Snowmobile Scenery

19 Take it Indoors

23 Spa-ah -tacular!

CREDITS Published by: Municipal District of Bonnyville Editor: Tracy Wasylow Graphic Design: Dark Horse Media

PHOTOGRAPHY Jim Barr, Brandon Born, Cold Lake Snowmobile Club, Jeremy Derksen, Lisa Folliott, Ashley Hempel, Réal Jodoin, Debra Kaban, Pierre Lamoureux, Sam Sadlowski, Tracy Wasylow, John Webber, Dana White

Winter Wonder #TakeItToTheLake takes on a whole new meaning in the winter months. Access new adventures and see a completely different side of the Bonnyville / Cold Lake Region. From ice fishing and snowmobiling, to cross-country skiing and ice skating, winter has never been so much fun. Come and enjoy the wide open spaces. And when you’re ready to warm up, there’s always a cozy spot with great food, and even better drinks, to wind up your day of winter wandering.



KINOSOO RIDGE It’s all about families... And the view from the top! Whether you’re young or old, a beginner or seasoned skier, or snowboarder, Kinosoo Ridge is for you. All ages. All abilities. At the Learn To Ski Park, there is a Magic Carpet to whisk you to the top of the hill. Or sail to great heights over the Terrain Park features. There are four lifts, including a quick quad chair, to take you to the top of the trees to explore the rest of the 42 acres of skiable terrain. Let our staff guide you through the many services the Ridge offers, including lessons, sit-ski experience for those with special needs, and equipment rentals. Equipment rentals are available for ages 17 months and up. We’ll fit up to a size 14 boot and someone over six feet. The Ridge has a Tuning Shop for major repairs or just a wax and sharpen. We have everything and everyone covered for a day, or a whole season at the Ridge.

It’s important to note there are some new regulations in effect due to COVID-19. Check out our website for a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions, so you can see how the 2020-2021 season is shaping up at Kinosoo Ridge. These regulations can, and will, change. We will update our website and Facebook page with any changes made. We’re asking our visitors to become our partners in safety. The health and safety of our staff and our guests is our utmost priority. As always, it is up to you to follow Public Health Orders. Let’s work together to make sure everyone has a happy, fun, and safe ski season. Tentative opening day is scheduled for December 12, 2020. For hill news and upcoming events check out www.kinosoo.ca. Phone: 780-594-5564 skikinosooridge



WARM UP + KICK BACK Who doesn’t love a picnic? This year, Kinosoo Ridge is offering an in-car dining experience, so you can be warm and comfy in your own car, dining on some tasty treats. There will be limited seating inside, for those who want to soak up the chalet atmosphere. Try the famous poutine. Or share the s’mores platter – preferably with someone who doesn’t like chocolate! Warm comfort foods and healthy options are readily available for families looking for a well-deserved rest.

Phone: 780-594-5564 skikinosooridge




TUBE PARK It’s a thrill for anyone, of any age, to fly down our hill in a pumped up tube. The laughter is contagious. The ensuing shouts of joy echo through French Bay. Once at the bottom, take a hike back up the hill or grab a ride on the Magic Carpet, which will zip you back up in a flash. Call 780-594-5564 to book if you are coming with a group of family / cohort members which contains 10 or more people. Please note – this year, the Tube Park will be restricted to 50 visitors per each two-hour time block to allow for social distancing and sanitization of equipment.



Four lanes of fun for everyone

JOIN THE CLUB There are two cross-country ski clubs in the M.D. – the Bonnyville Nordic Ski Club and the Lakeland Cross Country Ski Club, which work in partnership with each other. The Bonnyville Nordic Ski Club

The Lakeland Cross Country Ski Club

is new for the 2020-2021 season,

maintains a free 2.6 km loop at the St.

offering programs for adults and

Paul Golf Course and a 15-km trail network


in the southwest corner of the M.D., also

Members will enjoy group ski tours, community ski events, and

known as the WengzynowSKI Ranch Trails (WRT).

discounts on ski rentals and lessons.

From easy to intermediate, these trails will

The club skis on several free trails,

take you through a winter wonderland of

including the M.D. Muriel Lake Park

mixed forest and creek coulees. Drop-in

cross-country ski trails, as well as the

fees for the WRT are $10 for adults and $5

private trails mentioned on pages 10

for youth nine to 17 years old.

and 11.

Sign up for a membership and enjoy the trails at no additional charge all season.

E: bonnyvillenordic@gmail.com Bonnyville Nordic Ski Club

Trail maps, membership information, ski rentals, learn-to-ski lessons, and club events can all be found online. Phone: 780-614-5522 www.lakelandski.ca E: lakelandccsc@gmail.com lakelandski.ca



Muriel Lake M.D. Park

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI TRAILS From gentle rolling hills perfect for beginners, to steep exhilarating hills for experts, the trails at the M.D.’s Muriel Lake Park offer a wide variety of trails for all skill levels. M.D. of Bonnyville Parks staff regularly grooms and maintains 13 km of trails throughout the park each winter. Be sure to check out the lookout for one of the best views in the area. If snowshoeing is more your speed, stick to the groomed area beside the set cross-country tracks, and enjoy the beauty of the boreal forest blanketed in snow. Take the chill off in the warming shack. Skiers and snowshoers can get the code from the M.D. Parks office by calling 780-826-3972. There is a firepit with wood and kindling available. Just bring your own lighter. The park is located 11 km south of the Town of Bonnyville on Range Road 452 You can check www.md.bonnyville.ab.ca, or facebook.com/MDBonnyville for up-to-date conditions.

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Report Trail Conditions to 780-826-3972

Winter Parking Date: 2016, Source: AltLIS Data\ MD Parks Department Projection: NAD 1983 UTM Zone 12N


Disclaimer: This map should not be used for any purpose requiring exact measurement of distance or direction or precision in the depiction of geographic features. This map document is made available by the Municipal District of Bonnyville No. 87 and is not a legally recorded map nor survey and are not intended to be used as such. This map may contain errors.

Check md.bonnyville.ab.ca or facebook.com/MDBonnyville for up-to-date conditions.

Hamilton House – A Woodland Oasis Inn & Adventures has 17 kilometres of mapped, machine-groomed trails that wind through open fields, over forested valleys / hills, and lakeshore. All trails start and end at the house, with five loops, varying in distance of between one and eight km. Each loop offers a different experience and view, to cater to different skill levels. A daily trail pass is $6 per adult and $4 per child or you can purchase seasonal and monthly passes. Rentals are available for adults and children. Lessons and guided tours can be booked for an hourly rate. Snowshoes are also available for rent for adults and youth, to be used in the open areas (not on the ski trails). Hamilton House is located 10 minutes southeast of the City of Cold Lake on Highway 55.





Bring your skis and take a quick glide around Journey North Cider Co. Located on the grounds of the new cidery southwest of Bonnyville, just off of Highway 28, you will find a 2.5 kilometre trail for you to enjoy. Warm up inside with a meal from the full kitchen, taste some cider, or pull up a chair beside the fire.

Phone: 780-826-9853 www.journeynorth.ca JourneyNorthCider

Book your stay at Canadian Bighorn Resort in cozy cabins nestled in the boreal forest north of Bonnyville. Glide through the trees on groomed trails or enjoy ice skating and tobogganing. If you want to travel a little faster, snowmobile and ATV trails are mapped out. The views are spectacular whatever activity you choose. Lots of wildlife, and the Northern Lights streak across the sky regularly. The furnished cabins accommodate up to four people. The lodge has a full kitchen, common area, entertainment and exercise rooms, along with showers, bathrooms and laundry. Guests have the opportunity to encounter bighorn sheep in a safe and sustainable environment. Located eight km north of La Corey on Highway 41 (Range Road 460), turn left on Township Road 640 and then north (right) on Rge. Rd. 461.

Phone: 587-201-7243 E: jeff@canadianbighorn.com CanadianBighornResort

PUBLIC CROSS-COUNTRY SKI TRAILS The Cold Lake Golf & Winter Club at 4 Wing Cold Lake grooms a seven km, looped trail on the golf course. Call 780-840-8000 ext. 7823 for updates. The Cold Lake Bike Park & Trails group are grooming a one-km Cold Lake Museum perimeter loop at the top of the of the park for cross-country skiers. Check out the best views in the city. Be sure to scan the 3-D bar codes on the trail so the group can track their user stats. This winter the organization is grooming the single track Bike Park trails for fat bikes, one of the fastest growing outdoor activities. The Bike Park caters to all skill levels with novice, intermediate and


advanced trails.



Sit back, get comfortable and enjoy a sleigh ride through prairie farmland with RĂŠal Jodoin and his team of Canadian horses at EquiTrim. Located just west of Bonnyville, you can

Phone: 780-826-9519 E: equitrim05@gmail.com EquitrimLTD

customize your ride to fit your time frame. Afterwards, warm up around the campfire with a hotdog roast and cup of hot chocolate. Try a new gait. Hop aboard and explore Cowboy Town, enjoying the rhythmic movement of a horse-drawn sleigh. Rides are personalized to your time frame. Located west of Ardmore, just off of Highway 28. Book a day visit, or a weekend in a rustic cabin at Canadian Bighorn Resort. Top off your stay with a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the boreal forest. Located eight km north of La Corey on Highway 41 (Range Road 460), turn left on Township Road 640 and then north (right) on Rge. Rd. 461. Phone: 587-201-7243 E: jeff@canadianbighorn.com CanadianBighornResort



Phone: 780-826-2444 www.cowboytown.ca E: info@cowboytown.ca ardmorecowboytown

HUNTING HINTS Take aim at whitetail or mule deer, moose, bear or a host of upland and migratory game birds. Make every hunting excursion an adventure. Pick up the annual Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations for information on licenses and designated hunting areas. Want to scope out the area? Catch the locally shot and produced Fatal Impact on the Canada Sportsman Channel. #TakeItToTheLake



A dedicated group of volunteers has created an extensive trail network in the Bonnyville / Cold Lake area for riders to enjoy. Riders can use the 300 km Iron Horse Trail as a jumping off point to access countless kilometres of backcountry trails and cutlines that weave through the region’s more rugged terrain. In our region, snowmobilers can experience virtually every type of riding. The area offers a diverse mixture of open areas; lakes, hills, valleys, ravines, creek beds, rivers, treed and sheltered trails. Snowmobilers who want to take a longer route can access the Trans Canada Snowmobile Trail on the east side of Cold Lake. Check www.ironhorsetrail.ca for detailed trail information or facebook.com/ AlbertasIronHorseTrail.



The Bonnyville Snowdusters Snowmobile Club has developed trails around Moose Lake, and along the Beaver and Sand Rivers, providing a 50 km round trip. The South Cabin Trail is an 80 km round trip, connecting to the Heinsburg and Elk Point trail systems. The Wolf Lake area offers a forested region of cutlines and old roads. Bonnyvillesnowmobiling

Once Cold Lake freezes over, it is a snowmobiler’s paradise. The Cold Lake Snowmobile Club has a warm-up shelter on the northeast side of Crane Lake, accessible from a trail starting at Sandy Beach on the west shore of Cold Lake, and a viewing point at Ethel Lake. With over 25 kms of meticulously groomed trail, riders can connect to the Iron Horse Trail to the west or, continue east to the Trans Canada Snowmobile Trail into western Saskatchewan. The CLSC trail system is part of the Trans Canada Snowmobile Trail corridor, attracting riders from all parts of Canada on their crosscountry treks.


SNOWMOBILE RENTALS Don’t have your own machine? Pioneer Offroad Rentals / The Trailer Shop located at #5B 4551 HWY660 north of Bonnyville can suit you up.

If you want to stay and play in the region, Canadian Bighorn Resort provides a concierge level of customized service with two rustic-style cabins and access to

Phone: 780-826-2622 E: bonnyville@pioneerrentals.ca www.pioneerrentals.ca

Phone: 587-201-7243 E: jeff@canadianbighorn.com CanadianBighornResort

amenities in the lodge. Tour through the boreal forest on their plentiful trails or ride over to the Wolf Lake area and tour through additional cutlines. #TakeItToTheLake


OUTDOOR RINKS Hit the ice at one of the three M.D. outdoor rinks:

Ardmore 4801-48 Avenue Cherry Grove 5011-50A Avenue Fort Kent 5035-50 Street

With weekly floods planned, ice conditions will be posted on the M.D.’s Facebook page when available.

HOCKEY There is plenty of fast action in all our ice arenas over the winter months. Playoff competition always takes it up a notch. You can often catch a rising star at the beginning of their career. We’ve seen a few future NHL players hit our rink boards over the years. Bonnyville Jr. A Pontiacs home rink is the R.J. LaLonde Arena in the Bonnyville & District Centennial Centre. Look up their schedule at bonnyvillepontiacs.ca. The Cold Lake Jr. B Ice usually sport a few local names on their jerseys. Home ice is Imperial Oil Place at the Cold Lake Energy Centre. The schedule is found at coldlakeice.com.


CURLING There are some top curlers in the region who consistently place in the medals at provincial and national tournaments. If you love watching Canada’s game, or setting broom to ice, there are two venues that host a bevy of tournaments and leagues throughout the winter. Be sure to check each club’s website for COVID-19 regulations and schedule updates. Bonnyville Curling Club features four

Cold Lake Golf & Winter Club had

sheets of ice, men’s and women’s

not published its schedule as of the

locker rooms, a meeting room, small

printing of this guide. Please check

banquet room, and licensed lounge.

their Facebook page for up to date

Open November to March. Located at


4810-49 Avenue, Bonnyville. Phone: 780-826-2468 www.bonnyvillecurlingclub.com

Phone: 780-594-5341 (Pro Shop) coldlakecurlingclub



HARD WATER FISHING Getting out on the lakes to reel in the big one is a lot easier in winter. And if you want to rough it, you don’t need a lot of equipment either. Bring in a monster Lake Trout on Cold Lake, snag a “northern lobster” (Burbot) or sink a line for Rainbow Trout on Little Bear Lake. Catches of Walleye, Yellow Perch and Lake Whitefish are always possible on many of our lakes.

Kim Grey of Anglers Fishing Tours, operating out of Evergreen Birch Lodge in Cold Lake, has many years of experience on local lakes and is always ready to share his knowledge with other

Phone: 780-660-9336 E: ksgrey77@gmail.com anglersbaittackleandmore

fishermen. Kim supplies all fishing gear, snacks and refreshments. If you want to explore a bit of the backcountry, Canadian Bighorn Resort provides guided fishing adventures on Crane and Wolf Lakes. Bring a group of friends and warm up in a cozy

Phone: 587-201-7243 E: jeff@canadianbighorn.com CanadianBighornResort

cabin at the end of the day. The furnished cabins accommodate up to four people. The lodge has a full kitchen, common area, entertainment and exercise rooms, showers, bathrooms and laundry.



#TAKEITINDOORS Please note – due to COVID-19, facility and activity availability is subject to change. Know before you go – be sure to call your recreation centre of choice at the numbers below to find out what’s open and available, as well as any regulations that may be in place, or follow them on Facebook (where available) for up-to-date information. The region sports three indoor recreation facilities – Bonnyville and District Centennial Centre (C2), Cold Lake Energy Centre and 4 Wing’s J.J. Parr Sports Centre. If you’re missing golf during the winter days, head to the C2 and test out their Golf Simulator. Public skating times are scheduled at all the facilities. You may have to pre-register for public skate times. Please check the facility Facebook pages for up-todate times. Take a walk on the calm side at the indoor tracks at the Energy Centre and C2 or check out the racquetball and squash courts at J.J. Parr. If you want to jump into the deep end, check out the aquatic facilities at the 4 Wing recreation centre or the Bonnyville Pool. Bonnyville & District Centennial Centre

J.J. Parr Sports Centre

Phone: 780-812-3400

Phone: 780-840-8000 ext. 7823




Bonnyville Swimming Pool

Cold Lake Energy Centre

Phone: 780-826-2468

Phone: 780-639-6400





BREWS & BITES Give your tastebuds a whole new adventure at Journey North Cider Co, located five minutes southwest of Bonnyville off of Highway 28. Grab a flight of ciders, and find a new favourite. Bring the family and play it up in the games room with foose ball or shuffleboard. Have a special event? Rent the games room and / or conference room with a private balcony and view of the cidery where the juice is busily fermenting. Organize an afternoon outing and take a tour. With a restaurant on site, grab a full meal or a charcuterie board and share with your friends (or not). If cider isn’t to your taste, get a pint of local brew, with beers from Cold Lake Brewing & Distilling and Beaver River Brew Co. on tap. Phone: 780-826-9853 www.journeynorth.ca JourneyNorthCider


If you’re in Cold Lake, be sure to stop by Cold Lake Brewing and Distilling at 5109-51 Ave. Grab a growler of your favourite hometown beer, or one of their uniquely flavoured vodkas – Honey Shine, Ultimate Caesar, Honey Haskap, and Elevate Espresso – all made from local ingredients, right down to the Cold Lake roasted espresso. If vodka isn’t to you your taste, check out the two varieties of gin or two varieties of rum also available. Phone: 780-201-1611 www.coldlakebrewingdistilling.com ColdLakeBrewingandDistilling

Before heading out for a day of outside adventures, grabbing a handcrafted coffee and fresh baked pastry is a great way to start your day. If you’re in Cold Lake, drop by Beantrees Café (5112-50 Ave.) where they serve locally roasted Elevate Coffee. Phone: 780-594-4177 www.beantrees.ca BeantreesCafe

In Bonnyville, stop by Sugar Belle Antiques where their lattes will help fuel your outdoor fun. Phone: 780-201-7083 SugarBelleAntiques

At the end of the day, there’s no shortage of local establishments serving up great food. In Bonnyville, if Japanese cuisine is a favourite, check out Osaka Sushi (5024-51 Ave.). Down home comfort food sure to fill your belly can be found at the retro Jennie’s Diner & Bakery (5101-51 St.) In Cold Lake, take your tastebuds on a world tour with the tasty Latin-American inspired menu at Mamacitas Mexican Restaurant (901-10 St.). Cross the street, and the globe, with the Mediterranean flavours at Fresh Fusion Bistro (1208-8 Ave.). Don’t forget the always popular Clark’s Eatery (701 Lakeshore Dr.), famous for their fish and chips. #TakeItToTheLake


GAME ON! Get lost (and found) with some indoor fun

When you’re ready to head indoors, get ready to roll at the Marina Bowling Centre. Light it up and get ready to glow during evening neon bowling, or kick back and relax for a regular game in the afternoons. Be sure to book a lane in

Beat the clock and try to escape from Pandora’s Locks. With new puzzles to solve regularly, return visits are encouraged. Build your team and book a night. Located in Cold Lake at Unit 212,

advance. Located at 904-7 Ave. in Cold Lake. Phone: 780-639-2950 MarinaBowl

4910 – 50 Ave. Hours vary by season. Phone: 780-594-0237 www.pandoraslockscoldlake.com E: pandoraslockscl@gmail.com pandoraslockscoldlake

Take a chance with Lady Luck at the recently renovated Casino Dene. Try to get the cards to add up to 21, let it all ride on black or get spinning at one of the over 200 slots. The casino is open from Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday and

Play the old classics or find a new favourite in the stacks of boardgames at Mythik Games Inc. Browse through more than 200 titles and find some fun for your family. If solving puzzles is more up your alley, take a crack at their escape room. Head on over to the tabletop games room and harness your competitive spirit over a game of shuffleboard, ping pong or pool. Take a step back in time, and check out the arcade games – there is truly a game for everyone in these walls. Take a break at the licensed café with locally sourced refreshments and baked goods. Located in Bonnyville at 4716-50 Ave. Suite 20. Phone: 780-522-6222 MythikGames



Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Follow them on Facebook for game specials and up to date menus. Located seven km south of Cold Lake on Highway 28. Phone: 780-594-7900 www.casinodene.com casinodene


Phone: 780-343-9688 www.elegance719.ca elegance719

Missing your days at the beach? Do you want that feeling of spending an afternoon relaxing in the warm sun? Elegance 719 in Bonnyville can give you that feeling yearround, no matter the weather, with their amazing salt cave room. Spend a day (or a weekend) at the fullservice spa at 4816-51 Ave. Start with a fresh new ‘do, followed by a relaxing pedicure before slipping into the area’s only red light therapy machine. Follow that up with a dip in the hot tub and soak in the luxury of the infrared sauna. If you want to get your summer glow back, choose from traditional UV tanning or a stand-up spray tan. Book your appointments on the MINDBODY app. #TakeItToTheLake


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780.594.5564 www.kinosoo.ca

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2020-21 Winter Adventure Guide  

Find out how you can #TakeItToTheLake in the winter and #SkiNorthAB. From cross-country skiing and fat biking to Kinosoo Ridge info and ice...

2020-21 Winter Adventure Guide  

Find out how you can #TakeItToTheLake in the winter and #SkiNorthAB. From cross-country skiing and fat biking to Kinosoo Ridge info and ice...

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