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Winter Activities at Echo Valley Provincial Park Open For New Year’s Day

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Winter activities, including skating, snowshoe hikes and a new Ninja-Warrior-style activity course will open at Echo Valley Provincial Park beginning January 1, 2023.

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Popular Skating Loop Is Back

“Skate the Park”, a unique ice-skating loop winding through Aspen Campground with multiple campfires to warm up at, is back for a third year.

“The ice-skating loop has been a big hit at Echo Valley and continues to get better each year,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said. “We are excited to offer this for families to enjoy during their holiday break – a great way to get outside and kick off the New Year.”

The skating loop is open until early March, pending weather conditions, with the following weekly hours of operation:

  • Monday & Tuesday: Closed for maintenance (Except for Monday Jan 2 when it will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Wednesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

New This Year – Ninja Warrior-style Course

New this winter in Echo Valley Provincial Park is a Ninja Warrior-style activity course featuring a 50-foot ninja slack line with challenging obstacles, a bouldering wall and 100-foot zipline. The course is a self-use activity and should be enjoyed with adult supervision.

Snowshoe Hikes

Guided snowshoe hikes are available every weekend in the park starting Friday, January 6, 2023, until March 4, 2023. Park Interpreters will lead Illuminated Snowshoe Strolls on Fridays at 7 p.m. and Scenic Snowshoe Safaris on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Guided programs are free with valid park entry and snowshoes are provided on a first-come first-served basis. Throughout the winter, Echo Valley also offers snowshoe rentals at the Visitor Centre.

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