12 best places to go in Canada in winter
Canada does not hide from the winter, we accept it with open arms! Here is a list of the best places in Canada that you should definitely visit in winter.
While some other, more heat-loving nationalities, warm themselves at home in comfort, Canadians enthusiastically rush into the street to enjoy all the delights of this wonderful season. Want to join our restless company and discover winter Canada in all its glory? Wear your warmest scarf, seals, down jacket and go on an adventure in the Great White North.
Rideau Canal, Ottawa
Each winter, more than a million skating enthusiasts embark on a scenic journey through the famous, largest in the world Rideau Canal ice rink 7.8 km long, which is equivalent to 90 Olympic ice rinks. From January to the end of February, you can ride and perform pirouettes at this ice rink with stunning views of the Houses of Parliament of Canada and Chateau Laurier. On weekends, the annual seasonal holiday of the capital takes place in February, when the houses and kiosks along your route sell delicious BeaverTails, hot chocolate and toffee with maple syrup.
Whistler, British Columbia
Not only Canadians associate the lovely village of Whistler in British Columbia with alpine skiing. This stunning mountain community has been named the best resort in North America according to readers of Ski Magazine. Loved by tourists and locals, the village became even more famous after the success of the 2010 Olympic Games. Whistler is not far from Vancouver – just two hours away, and offers the perfect winter venue for adventure lovers of all ages. Challenge yourself in the snow-covered mountains, arrange your own shopping therapy at 200 local stores and try delicious cuisine in 90+ restaurants and bars.
World Pond Hockey Championship, New Brunswick
No other country loves hockey and winter like Canada. In the small town of Platser Rock, New Brunswick, this love is manifested in a special way thanks to the World Pond Hockey Championships . On a February weekend, you can discover 20 (or more) ice rinks on the frozen surface of Ralston Lake. Competitors from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom skate in this magical atmosphere of pristine forests and slowly circling snowflakes. Hockey enthusiasts come to this annual event to rediscover the simple joys of this beloved sport in Canada.
Johnston Canyon IceWalk, Alberta
The Canadian Tourism Commission called the Johnston Canyon IceWalk from Discover Banff Tours an incredible adventure. And do you argue here? Wear your warmest clothing and sturdy, sturdy shoes to begin your journey with an escort into the ice-covered canyon. While you admire the ice formations around, your guide will tell you some exciting stories about treasure hunters and adventure seekers. And if you’re lucky, you can meet furry companions – wolves, coyotes and moose live here.
Snow West, Newfoundland
For a lively festival combining the best winter sports and entertainment, head to West Newfoundland at Snow West . One week each year, this province features Canadians’ favorite winter sports, including skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowboarding and cable car excursions.After sunset, immerse yourself in the warmth of hospitable Newfoundland thanks to music, theater and culinary delights.
Sundogs Sled Excursions, Saskatchewan
For an extraordinary experience, enjoy an exciting dog sled ride through the Canadian expanses. Sundogs Sled Excursions will arrange such a trip for you. Every winter, from late November to mid-March, Sundogs conduct dog sledding trips deep into the beautiful and unspoilt surroundings of Anglin Lake, Canada’s boreal forest. You will be taught how to interact with your furry guides in such a way as to skillfully maneuver with a team on snowy trails. Sundogs offers a range of exciting activities, such as puppy camps, full-day or half-day excursions, and overnight camping.
Sugar Moon Farm, Nova Scotia
There is nothing more Canadian than maple syrup, and the Sugar Moon Farm in Nova Scotia has plenty of such yummy for you. Learn about the art of maple syrup and enjoy the delicious result. Located just a 90-minute drive from Halifax, the Sugar Moon Farm is always open to guests and offers sugar tours, brunch, maple tasting, and walks. Food lovers will be delighted with Sugar Moon’s Chef Nights when the best chefs in the province create delicious dishes for a hungry and delighted audience.
Brookvale Winter Activity Park, Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island is the place to have fun in Canadian. Conveniently located just 19 km east of Charlottetown, Brookvale Winter Activity Park makes it possible to have a decent time in the fresh air during the snow season. Release your inner sports enthusiast – snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing. You can even try biathlon. This park has full-day and half-day tickets, seasonal passes and equipment rental.
Ski Le Massif de Charlevoix, Quebec
Welcome to one of Quebec’s secret places. If you need unreal emotions and the breathtaking height of the Rocky Mountains, then Le Massif de Charlevoix is the place of your dreams. It is located just 75 kilometers from Quebec and offers visitors a previously unexplored experience rich in culture, adventure and beauty. Skiers share the mountain with energetic snowboarders, but if you have already dashed off and want to relax, try the delicious dishes of the province – traditional or gourmet, in Charlevoix.
Quebec winter carnival
For 59 years, the world-famous Carnival Winter Carnival in Quebec has been a must-see winter holiday event. In 2013, the party lasted non-stop from February 1 to 17. Here you can find anything for all preferences and ages: evening parades, snowballs, sledding, barbecue, dance evenings. And try not to miss the appearance of the most famous holiday guest – Bonhomme Carnaval – a snowman who is a symbol of the carnival and who is loved in Quebec.
Snow Tubing in Alberta
If ordinary sledges leave you indifferent, then welcome to the new winter craziness – snow tubing! Located on the eastern edge of Edmonton in the Strathcona Science Park, Sunridge Ski Area is the location of the only rubber sledding park in the province. In December, Sunridge becomes a center for lovers of this entertainment, with its high hills and elevator that will lift you to the top so that you are ready for new dizzying descents. Helmets and rubber sledges can be rented in the park. Sunridge is happy to welcome families, but children must be over 7 years old to participate.
Niagara-on-the-Lake , Ontario
Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous not only for its beautiful scenery, but also for many award-winning ice wine. Locals and tourists can celebrate this famous drink in the region at the annual Niagara Icewine Festival . Wine lovers can indulge in a tasting with Discovery Pass – a ticket for a three-day January trip to the world of delicious food and drink. And if you want to wear high heels and celebrate glamorously, then participate in the Xerox Icewine Gala: Ice Queen’s Ball. This chic event involves an entertainment program, delicious Niagara cuisine and Canada’s largest ice tasting tastes from 30 different wineries.