When winter hits and the snow falls, many Canadian adrenaline junkies pick up their skis and snowboards and head for the nearest downhill resort. Others tune up their snowmobile and make for the backcountry. For those of us without access to a snowmobile, or lacking the skills for downhill skiing and snowboarding, snow tubing presents an easy and exciting option!

 

Snow tubing is one of the fastest growing winter activities in the country. This sport requires virtually no balance or coordination – you just lie (or sit) down on the tube and hold on for the ride. This makes it accessible for everyone, from the elderly to the very young and even those with mobility issues. Not only that, but snow tubing is a total blast! In recent years, there have been a ton of new facilities opening up across the country specifically for snow tubing. Here are some that you should know about:


Whistler, British Columbia

Located on the world-famous Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler’s tube park features seven tubing lanes ranging in steepness and length. The park is lit up for nighttime riding, and nearby Whistler Village offers all sorts of restaurants, cafes and shops to check out after you have had enough high-speed fun in the park.

 

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Cypress Mountain, British Columbia

Located just minutes from downtown Vancouver, Cypress is the perfect winter retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The mountain’s six-lane tubing park is kid-friendly, easy-to-access and sure to thrill adventure seekers of all ages.

 

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Manning Park Resort, British Columbia

Manning Park is located in the heart of the North Cascade mountain range, a majestic area of towering peaks and old-growth forest that is breathtaking to behold, especially in the winter. Take a moment to enjoy the scenery before taking a run down the Polar Coaster Tube Park, which features four groomed runs, ranging from beginner to advanced.

 

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Mount Norquay, Alberta

Banff is well known as a winter adventure destination, and Mount Norquay was the first to offer a tube park to winter thrill-seekers in the area. With a magic carpet, large sliding lanes for group descents, a kids play area and more, this is a must-visit tubing destination.

 

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Acura Tube Park, Calgary, Alberta

This is the largest tube park in Western Canada, located right in downtown Calgary. The park features nine lanes with many close to 200 metres (655 ft) in length. As part of the Calgary Olympic Park, you will not have to venture far to find all sorts of amenities, and skiing, snowboarding and skating options are available as well.

 

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Adrenaline Adventures, Winnipeg, Manitoba

This Winnipeg tube park offers a variety of tubing options, including “extreme” snow-tubing lanes for those who want to get their adrenaline pumping. There is also a snowboard terrain park on-site if you want to step it up even further.

 

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Asessippi Ski Area, Manitoba

This is the largest ski area in the prairies and offers four tubing lanes ranging from slow to fast. A 200 metre (650 ft) magic carpet takes you back to the top after each run, and children under five ride for free.

 

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Snow Valley, Barrie, Ontario

Boasting “the best snow tubing terrain in Ontario,” Snow Valley features a snow tube rope tow and large lanes for group tubing so you can really pick up some speed, whether with your friends or your family. The adjacent downhill area will keep skiers and snowboarders stoked, as well.

 

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Chicopee Tube Park, Kitchener, Ontario

With six chutes that stretch for 275 metres (900 ft) down this mountain located right in Kitchener, this is one of the best choices for snow tubing in Ontario. The runs are lit up for evening riding, and during January and February they are even open until midnight for some late-night snow tubing action.



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Blue Mountain, Ontario

Billing itself as an “all thrills, no skills” experience, Blue Mountain’s tube park offers some beginner-friendly fun at Ontario’s most popular ski resort. Blue Mountain is conveniently located within a couple hours’ drive from Toronto.

 

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Sugarloaf Mountain, New Brunswick

Located within the beautiful Sugarloaf Provincial Park, Sugarloaf Mountain offers a heap of winter thrills in a stunning Appalachian landscape, including downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and, of course, snow tubing.

 

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Mont Farlagne, New Brunswick

Mont Farlagne is one of New Brunswick’s top downhill destinations, located right in the town of Saint-Jacques. While skiing and snowboarding are the main draws here, this is also one of the few places in the Maritimes where you can enjoy some snow tubing.

 

Photo Credit: Tourism New Brunswick

 




You can find your way to these and other exciting destinations with the help of our Backroad Mapbooks and Backroad GPS Maps, which also contain detailed listings of many other winter recreation areas all across Canada!