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Top 10: Best Canadian winter vacation spots and activities

6. Haliburton dogsledding

Haliburton dogsledding

If you’re in Ontario, head to cottage country to experience some of Canada’s premier dogsledding. A historically Canadian adventure, you can choose to spend one day being pulled through the lush wintery landscape or you can spend several days trekking through the outback (with the help of dogs who have taken part in the Iditarod).
For more information, visit www.winterdance.com.

7. Polar bear watching

Polar bear watching

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Each year, these magnificent creatures travel to the mainland from ice drifts on the Hudson Bay in search of food and shelter. Trips offered by several travel companies will give you the chance to see the bears up close and in person (many trips include luxe stays at wilderness lodges). You may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
For more information, visit www.churchillwild.com.

8. Mont Tremblant

Mont Tremblant

Canada’s east coast ski resort, Mont Tremblant offers a decidedly French ski experience, full of Québecois food and traditions. There’s also an opportunity to indulge in some shopping (Montreal is only 90 minutes away) and outdoor winter activities, like snowshoeing.
For more information, visit www.tremblant.ca.

9. Newfoundland & Labrador

Newfoundland Whale Watching

Image: sarahlbishop/Flickr

People often forget about this Canadian province, but they shouldn’t. The island’s lush landscape affords some incredible winter adventures, including some of the best ice fishing in the world, whale watching and iceberg tours.
For more information, visit www.newfoundlandandlabrador.com.

10. Lake Louise

Lake Louise

In the heart of Canada’s Rockies, Lake Louise, best known for it’s aqua-hued rivers and lakes, turns into a winter wonderland as soon as the temperature drops below zero. People flock to the area for phenomenal skiing, sleigh rides, winter caving, snowmobiling and heli-sightseeing.
For more information, visit www.lakelouise.com.

More Canadian winter destinations:

5 Cool Canadian spots to visit in wintertime
5 Fun winter activities

6 Travel tips for the winter traveler

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