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Snowshoeing in Stettler County, Part 1: Buffalo Lake

StettlerLocal.com January 6, 2023 at 9:48am


One of the fastest-growing winter sports is snowshoeing, largely because of its versatility and the low cost of equipment. There are many wonderful places in Stettler County for trekking, and this three-part series will explore some of these regions.


Buffalo Lake
South Buffalo Lake

Winter on Buffalo Lake is perfect for snowmobiling, ice fishing, and skating. It's also an excellent place for snowshoeing.


Because there's a lot of snowmobile and quad activity on the lake, the snow cover becomes rutted with deep, hard-packed tracks. Happily, snowshoes can easily traverse these areas, whereas cross-country skiing can be a little tricky in spots.


The beauty of Buffalo Lake, winter or summer, is the sheer expanse. Snowshoeing on the lake on a sunny day is a glorious, enriching experience. Because the terrain is flat, you can trek at a brisk pace and cover a large territory with minimal effort.


Snowshoeing on the frozen lake is a good way to clear your mind and enjoy the beauty of Stettler County.


Things to watch for:

  • areas of bare ice on the lake, which are very slippery.

  • slushy or cracked ice. Remember the old adage: "Thick and blue, tried and true. Thin and crispy, way too risky."

  • snowmobiles and quads who may not see you, especially if you’re snowshoeing behind a bank or other obstruction.

Getting there:

  • Highway 835 north to Rochon Sands.

  • Park in the first parking lot on the right, near the outdoor ice rink.

Buffalo Lake in Winter

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