Bonnyville Cold Lake Winter Adventure Guide 2019/2020

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CREDITS Published by: Municipal District of Bonnyville Editor:​​​ Diane Jenkinson Graphic Design:​Dark Horse Media

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Winter! Forget about cocooning. Come out and play! Outdoors or indoors, plan for plenty to do.

The winter months are fabulously long in the Bonnyville / Cold Lake Region. Just the right amount of time to check off all of our snow-sational experiences. Slide down the Tube Park runs at Kinosoo Ridge, zip through the boreal forest on a fast machine, glide along the trails at Muriel Lake M.D. Park, or simply soak up the Northern Lights.



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, freestyle camps, and equipment rentals.


Lessons start at age four and up. New this year is a Senior Season Pass (55+) for those who want to take up a new sport or reacquaint themselves with a past passion. Get on the hill over the holidays and sign up the family (ages 4 & up) in our Christmas camps. Spend the day learning new skills and then finish up with a few slides down the Tube Park. 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.

For hill news and upcoming events visit the Kinosoo website at Download the Kinosoo Ridge app on Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for iPhone. Phone: 780.594.5564 skikinosooridge


Warm up & kick back! Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort is renowned for its laid-back vibe. 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 break. Adults can put their feet up in the T-Bar Lounge and enjoy the best of our local distilleries and breweries. The Ridge hosts many music events throughout the season and SNÖJUHLA returns Family Day weekend, Saturday, February 15, 2020. Be ready to get your groove on!

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FOUR LANES OF FUN FOR EVERYONE It’s a thrill for anyone, of any age, to fly down our hill in a pumped up tube. The laughter is contagious. Then, put a chain of tubes together with your group of family or friends, lock your arms, and slide. Quickly, real quick. The ensuing shouts of joy will echo through French Bay. Once at the bottom, you don’t even have to walk back up the hill if you don’t want to. The Magic Carpet will zip you back up in a flash.

When your feet and hands get cold, warm up with some hot chocolate or enjoy a meal in the chalet. Call 780.594.5564 for group booking of more than 10 people.


Muriel Lake M.D. Park

CROSSCOUNTRY SKI TRAILS There is nothing more peaceful than gliding through the boreal forest on freshly groomed trails ... The silence envelops you, as your rhythmic motions propel you through the trees. M.D. of Bonnyville Parks staff regularly groom and maintain 13 kilometres of trail in Muriel Lake M.D. Park throughout the winter. The Park is just 11 kilometres south of the Town of Bonnyville. There is a good mix of trails throughout the park, enabling a skier to build up


their expertise. Beginners can stay on the main road, while the more experienced skier can tackle the three moderately challenging runs. Take the chill off in the cozy warming shack. Skiers 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 striker.

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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.

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Hamilton House - A Woodland Oasis Inn & Adventures offers 17 kilometres of mapped, machine-groomed trails that take you gliding through open fields, forested valleys / hills and lakeshore. All trails start and end at the house, with five, short or long loops, of one to eight km. Each loop offers a different experience and view, with a variety of proficiency levels. A daily trail pass is $6 per adult and $4 per child or you can purchase seasonal and monthly passes. Rentals are also available.


CROSSCOUNTRY SKI TRAILS 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 INN Located 10 minutes southeast of the City of Cold Lake on Highway 55 P: 780.594.7257 or 780.812.6525 Email:


CROSS-COUNTRY SKI TRAILS 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. P: 587.201.7243 • Email:

Public CROSS-COUNTRY SKI TRAILS Cold Lake Provincial Park offers 13.5 km and Moose Lake Provincial Park provides six km of intermittently groomed cross-country ski trails. The Cold Lake Golf & Winter Club grooms a seven km, looped trail on the golf course. Call the pro shop at 780.594.5341 or email for facility hours. Check for updates.

SLEIGH RIDES Try a new gait. Hop aboard and explore Cowboy Town, enjoying the rhythmic movement of a horse-drawn sleigh. Rides are customized to your time frame. Located west of Ardmore. P: 780.826.2444 Email: 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. P: 587.201.7243 Email:

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.



Getting out on the lakes is a lot easier in winter. And if you want to rough it, you don’t need a lot of equipment either. Reel 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.

ICE FISHING If you’re looking for a customized winter outing, you can hook up with Rocky Narrows Fishing Adventures. Travis Molloy provides rental ice fishing shacks on Moose Lake and Cold Lake to accommodate four to six fishermen, with the additional comfort of woodburning stoves. Shacks are supplied with everything you need for a day of fishing. Email: P: 780.573.9270

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 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, along with showers, bathrooms and laundry. P: 587.201.7243 Email:



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 for detailed trail information or SNOWMOBILE RENTALS Don’t have your own machine? Pioneer Offroad Rentals / Trailer Shop located at #5B 4551 HWY660 north of Bonnyville can suit you up. P: 780.826.2622 Email:

LOCAL SNOWMOBILE CLUBS 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. Once Cold Lake freezes over, it is a snowmobilers 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 Cold Lake, with a viewing point at Ethel Lake.

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 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. P: 587.201.7243 Email:



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 The Cold Lake Hornets, a Junior A level team with the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) are new this year. They play out of the Cold Lake Energy Centre. Schedule at 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


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.

The Bonnyville Curling Club features four sheets of ice, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a meeting room, small banquet room, licensed lounge and kitchen. Open October to March, the club is located at 4810 - 49 Avenue in Bonnyville.

Cold Lake Golf & Winter Club houses a six-sheet curling rink and banquet facilities. There is a weekly league, a Junior Program and lots of tournaments looking for an audience. Pro shop with curling, golf and office casual apparel is open year round. Call or email proshop@ for facility hours.


P: 780.826.2468

P: 780.594.5341 (Pro Shop)

When the weather gets frightful, it’s time to enjoy indoor pursuits. 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 reaching for the heights is your thing, all three have climbing walls, featuring a new 360-degree wall at the Energy Centre. Public skating times are scheduled at all the facilities, with the C2 boasting a leisure ice surface for youngsters. All three have fitness facilities, gyms and the J.J. Parr has racquetball and squash courts. A variety of fitness classes are offered at all the facilities. J.J. Parr is the only one with a pool, as the Bonnyville Pool is located in a separate building. Bonnyville & District Centennial Centre P: 780.812.3400 Cold Lake Energy Centre P: 780.639.6400 J.J. Parr Sports Centre P: 780.840.8000 ext. 7823 Bonnyville Swimming Pool P: 780.826.2468

Take it indoors

Strategic Games The winter blues got you down? Grab friends or family and head out the door to chase away the seasonal doldrums.

PANDORA’S LOCKS It’s strictly a mind game at Pandora’s Locks. The pressure is on to crack the code. Working as a team is best. With four scenarios that change up regularly, return visits are encouraged. Build your team and book a night. Located in Cold Lake at Unit 212, 4910 – 50 Avenue. Hours vary by season. P: 780.594.0237 Email:

MYTHIK GAMES It is all about being unplugged at Mythik Games Inc. Within the 4,000 sq. ft. entertainment hub there are plenty of opportunities to build relationships with friends and family as you take on a variety of gaming challenges. With over 300 board games to chose from, plus Escape Rooms and special events, there is no time to get bored. When you want to take a break there is a fully licensed café with locally sourced refreshments and baked goods. The play space has enough seating for 70 people, plus a lounge area. Private events can be booked. Located in Bonnyville at 4716-50 Ave. (Suite 20) P: 780-522-6222

MARINA BOWLING CENTRE For a slightly slower pace, pick up the ball at the Marina Bowling Centre and compete for the top score. There are eight lanes of five-pin bowling, with auto scoring. Try the glow-in-the-dark bowling for some laughs. Located at 904-7 Avenue in Cold Lake. Please call to book a lane. P: 780.639.2950


An Evening Out During the winter months, there is plenty of entertainment, on a multitude of stages, throughout the Bonnyville / Cold Lake region. On some weekends, you’ll have to make some hard choices as to what venue is hosting the top show.

Make sure you put your hands together to support productions at The Grande Parlour Theatre as they are scheduled to close their doors at the end of December. The 100-seat theatre has brought down the house with many of its dramatic and musical productions throughout the years and, its final months are going to be no different. Americana duo Winnie Brave graces the stage at the end of November and What’s Love Got To Do With It hits the boards in early December. More performances are listed on Facebook or the website. Located at 5110-50 Ave., Cold Lake. P: 780.812.6010 Right next door to the Grande Parlour is Beantrees Café, which often serves up a fine meal for the plays and musical acts on that stage. The café also hosts its own variety of entertainment, featuring bands, singers and a regular Open Mic Night for local artists. Board game and trivia nights are popular with families. Event listings on Facebook or website. Located at 5112-50 Ave., Cold Lake. P: 780.594.4177


The Bonnyville & District Fine Arts Society hosts various fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for a new theatre in Bonnyville. Watch their Facebook page for more information.

The Bonnyville & District Centennial Centre and the Cold Lake Energy Centre host concerts during the winter season featuring a variety of entertainment including children’s shows, top-name comedians and musical acts. Events on Facebook and websites.

Throughout the winter months Kinosoo Performing Arts Association in Cold Lake sells out their line-up annually, so get your tickets early. All performances are at the Lakeland Inn. See the production lineup on website or Facebook.

Bonnyville Centennial Centre P: 780.812.3400

Cold Lake Energy Centre P: 780.639.6400

CASINO DENE Located seven kilometres south of Cold Lake on Highway 28 P: 780.594.7900

On most weekends, there is live entertainment at Casino Dene, with both local and out-of-town bands. When you need a break from the gaming tables you can dance up a storm. Put your music knowledge on the line and take home some prizes during Music Poker on Wednesdays. If you’re over 55, Seniors’ Day is every Tuesday. At any time there are over 200 slot machines on which to test your luck. Table games open at 4 p.m. daily. Full service poker room. Eat and drink in the Aurora Bar and Lounge or the Casino Dene Lounge.


Feeding body & mind Need a new winter goal? What about winning at “restaurant reconnaissance”? Spend the winter season dining out at all the restaurants in the Bonnyville/Cold Lake region. From the 50s themed décor at Jennie’s Diner in Bonnyville, arguably the best milkshakes in the northeast, to authentic Mexican fare at Mamacitas in Cold Lake, your taste buds will appreciate you undertaking the task. Not looking for a sit-down meal? What about tasting treats at the Farmers’ Markets in the region. Bonnyville’s Farmers’ Markets are open year-round, on Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Beaver River Fish and Game Building (4402-54 Ave.) and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the C2 (4313-50 Ave.). Cold Lake hosts a Farmers’ Market every Thursday until December from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Exhibition Park (4608-38 Ave).


Need some refreshments to accompany all the fabulous food? Pick up a unique bottle at Cold Lake Brewing & Distilling. Try specialties like French Bay IPA or Kinosoo Beach Blonde. Get spirited by picking up some Hometown Vodka, Honey Shine, Honey Haskap or Elevate Espresso. All products are made with local ingredients, including the honey, berries and dill, using crystal clear Cold Lake water. Drop by for a taste test and tour. Located in downtown Cold Lake.

After indulging in all that food and drink, why not check out the art around town? World-renowned artist Alex Janvier displays his original works in the Alex Janvier Gallery. Viewings by appointment, call 780.639.4545. Janvier’s art can also be found at the Courtyard By Marriott Cold Lake. The hotel lobby acts as a revolving art show, featuring local artists. Located beside Casino Dene, on Highway 28. Sip your beverage and view the work of local artists and artisans at Beantrees CafÊ in Cold Lake. The C2 in Bonnyville features local artists on a monthly basis in the upstairs hallway. Check out the Canada 150 Mosaic on the downstairs wall. The Aurora Visual Arts Association displays their work at the Bonnyville & District Museum. Call 780.668.5254 to view.


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