With Canadian weather, combined with the post-Christmas slump, it’s tempting to hibernate this time of year, but don’t let the winter blues get to you, especially if you have Quattro on your side! There are many reasons to take a quick Alberta road trip and head out to enjoy what our Province has to offer this season. Here are 5 reasons to road trip this winter, and some great excuses to get out in your Audi.

1: Lake Louise.

One of the most beautiful settings in the world, let alone Alberta, this iconic Lake is well worth a visit this time of year. You can skate on the world famous lake, cross country ski or snow shoe around its perimeter, or simply enjoy a beautiful meal or relaxing stay at the Fairmont or one of the surrounding hotels. With winter activities and festivals scheduled in the area all season, this area is well worth the drive. Don’t forget to bring your Audi Skis, and take in a couple of runs at the ski hill too while you are there!

from Calgary: (183km) 2hr drive


2: Radium Hot Springs.

Not only are the springs here, but for the outdoors enthusiasts, you can gain access to Ice Fishing, Snowmobiling and of course snowboarding and skiing. After a day of activity, enjoy a mineral rich soak in the hot springs, before heading home in the comfort of your Audi.

From Calgary (262km) 3hr9min drive


3: Jasper National Park

The route from Calgary to Jasper requires driving along what has been said to be one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of road, the Icefields Parkway. The 232km stretch will take you winding through the heart of the Canadian Rockies with magnificent views of ancient glaciers and stunning mountain lakes. Look out for views of rushing waterfalls and take advantage of the many trailheads that you will pass along the drive. During the winter months, Jasper is the place to be for ice climbers, with different types of ice routes for a wide range of skill levels. Not feeling quite so adventurous? You can keep both feet firmly on the ground and take a guided walking tour across the floor of the frozen Maligne Canyon and take in exhilarating views of the expansive limestone-walled gorge.

From Calgary (415km) 5hr12min drive


4: Athabasca Region

If its peace and quiet you are searching for, The Athabasca Region is the perfect getaway from the city and the more populated winter towns. The frozen waterways are perfect for ice fishing, with various fish that you can catch including trout, perch, walleye and pike. If you are new to ice fishing, or would like to brush up on your skills, fishing tours are available.

From Calgary (448km) 4hr37min drive


5 Waterton Lakes National Park

Looking for a bit of a longer drive, head to Waterton Lakes National Park. Carved out by glaciers into the Canadian Rockies this is an area of stunning natural beauty. Again, it is another peaceful option for a winter road trip, allowing you to avoid all the winter sports crowds of the alternative winter towns. Be sure to visit Cameron Falls, one of the most photographed areas of the park. At this time of year, you can see it in its static state as it freezes over the 1.5billion year old rock, it usually cascades over. Tired after a long drive? Accessing this site is easy and accessible for strollers, wheelchairs and involves no hiking.

From Calgary (550km) 5hr40min drive


Whether you are headed on a quick trip out of town, or hitting the road for a few days of tranquility, enjoy your drive, and be sure that your vehicle is winter road trip ready! If you have any questions or require a seasonal service, give us a call at (403) 547-5900.