Explore the Leduc Region with your family and embrace the best of winter
With the cold snap behind us and COVID restrictions easing, we’re itching to get out and do something fun – your family probably is too! Lucky for you, there are many indoor & outdoor winter activities you can enjoy in the Leduc Region… We’ve created a family-friendly winter adventure guide to help YOU enjoy the remainder of the season!
Make warm memories with your loved ones this winter! Keep reading for useful tips about winter activities in the Leduc Region, and fun ideas for your family to enjoy…
Preparing for an outdoor winter adventure
It’s par for the course when it comes to Alberta weather – winter can range anywhere from very mild to very cold, and can change from one to the other within hours. Our best advice when it comes to preparing for an outdoor winter adventure with your family is to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
If you’re planning for outdoor activities like tobogganing, snowman-building, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing, wear warm layers – mittens, toques, boots, and snow pants are must-haves. Last, but certainly not least, we recommend bringing an extra change of clothes – winter fun in the Leduc Region can get wet depending on the weather and the activity, and there’s nothing better than jumping into cozy warm clothes after a day of outdoor activities.
Family-friendly outdoor experiences
Looking for winter activity ideas to enjoy with your family? We’ve got you covered. Here’s just a few of our top picks for outdoor experiences:
Sledding, tobogganing, crazy-carpeting… Any and all of these guaranteed fun for the kids. Here’s a few toboggan hills to check out:
> Hills in Leduc: “Mt. Leduc” (west end of Aileen Faller Park) + Corinthia Park‘s toboggan hill + Doris Smith Park‘s toboggan hill
> Hills in Devon: Devon Golf Course‘s toboggan hill + toboggan hill behind the houses on Michigan Street + Highwood Hill in Highwood Park
There’s a TON of outdoor rinks and natural ice surfaces waiting to be discovered throughout the Leduc Region. Lace up your skates, and make your way to a local ice surface for some recreational skating or a game of pick-up hockey with the family:
> Click HERE to learn about the City of Leduc’s ice surfaces (including which ones are open)
> Click HERE to view the City of Leduc’s outdoor ice skating map
> Did you know New Sarepta has it’s first ODR in over 10 years? Check it out!
> Click HERE to learn about the Town of Devon’s four outdoor skating rinks
> Click HERE for Ice Hockey & Skating Winter Safety Tips from the Government of Alberta
Take your family for a winter stroll. Here’s a few spots to check out:
> Fred John’s Park walking trails
> Telford Lake walking trails
> Voyageur Park walking trails
> Click HERE for a map of the City of Leduc’s Multiway Trail System
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING
There’s no better time than right now to introduce a new winter activity to your family! If you haven’t tried cross-country skiing or snowshoeing yet, we highly recommend you do so:
> Cross-Country Skiing: Leduc Golf & Country Club + Devon Golf Course (Nordic Ski Club)
> Click HERE to read our guide about Cross-Country Skiing in the Leduc Region
> Snowshoeing: Fred Johns Park + William F. Lede Park + Devon Voyageur Park + Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area
WINTER ADVENTURES IN THE RIVER VALLEY
If your family hasn’t experienced how beautiful the North Saskatchewan River Valley near Devon is in winter, you MUST do so. Winter activities to be found here range from mild to wild, including
> Winter Hikes: Devon Voyageur Park + Devon Battery Creek Trail + Prospectors Point Trail
> Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing: Devon Golf Course (Nordic Ski Club) & Voyageur Park
> Fat-Biking Trails in and around Devon (for adventurous families – fat-biking is a workout!)
> Looking for cross-country skis, snowshoes, or fat-bikes? Shift Happens Bicycle Repair in Devon, AB has rentals for all of these!
Ways to warm up after winter activities
After a busy day of winter adventures, you need a way to warm up. Or, maybe you prefer indoor activities entirely! Regardless of which camp you fit into, we’ve got COVID-friendly suggestions for indoor adventures suitable for families:
SHOPPING AT THE POC MALL
The Premium Outlet Collection EIA has a bunch of family-friendly stores and unique eateries you should check out if you haven’t already! A few of our favorites include:
> Magpies Gifts, Toys, & More: unique Canadian-made gifts and toys
> Treehouse Toys: everything you could dream of in a toy store and then some
> B Sweet: you guessed it, this is an everything-candy store
> Hey, Croffle: croissant/waffle hybrids covered in delicious toppings
> The Woodrack Cafe: warm up with a cup of hot chocolate!
GRIZZLY CUBS DEN INDOOR PLAYGROUND
It’s a unique indoor playground, cafe, rental space, and indoor soccer net (with robot goalie!) rolled into one! Grizzly Cubs Den in Leduc is open by appointment only (book a time slot by calling 780-816-0175), and is guaranteed to be a hit with the kids.
FAMILY NIGHT AT HOME… BUT WITH A LOCAL FLAIR!
After a day of outdoor winter adventures, it’s natural to want to spend the evening at home. However, we’ve got a few different ways you can make family night extra special:
> Order your favorite movie-theatre snacks for curbside pickup from Leduc Cinemas next time you’re having a family movie night
> Order an activity kit from Leduc Public Library and have a family arts & crafts night
> Participate in a virtual event with the City of Leduc’s Family Resource Network! A fun one coming up on March 17 is Family Fun Night – Bird Crafts
What’s your favorite winter activity to do with family in the Leduc Region? Let us know by leaving a comment below, or posting about it on social media + tagging us @discoverleduc! Have fun discovering new ways to make warm memories with your family this winter!