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12 Breathtaking Photos That Will Make You Crave Snow

Feast your eyes... and book a trip to Alberta, Canada this season to embrace and experience winter to its fullest.

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A royal lake:

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Lake Louise in Alberta's Banff National Park is named after a princess. With her iconic emerald color peeking out from under a white blanket, we'd say she's pretty darn regal in the snow.

A snowy owl mid-flight:

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Winter's most majestic bird is unique from other owls: it hunts in the daytime. Visitors to Alberta might just spot a snowy owl perched on a fencepost, on the lookout for its next meal.

Frozen in time:

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A snowy hike in Banff's Johnston Canyon will lead you to a cascading frozen waterfall. The only thing more awe-inspiring would be to see an ice climber scaling it.

A furry friend:


A husky rests from his sled-pulling duties and stares pensively with his soft blue eyes. Visitors to Alberta can hop on a sled and enjoy an exhilarating ride through the Rocky Mountains.

Bubbles rising:


Methane ice bubbles create an exquisite tapestry underneath Abraham Lake as the sun sets behind the snow-capped peaks. Don't come near these natural phenomena with a match!

An inviting respite:

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An illuminated cabin nestled in the pines conjures up images of hot cocoa and a roaring fire. Alberta is home to many lodges and cabins where visitors can embrace the warmth of winter.

The darkness dances:

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The surreal aurora borealis lights Alberta's winter night sky. Visit the world's two largest dark-sky reserves in Jasper or Wood Buffalo and hear the snow crunch beneath your feet as you stare up in awe.

Good night, Alberta, Canada.