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Best ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Canada

Looking for a fun and unique way to ring in 2011? Here are a few all-Canadian ideas to take advantage of.

New Year's Eve Party CelebrationFor the family…

Canada’s major cities know how to throw a fun New Year’s Eve bash. From Vancouver to Halifax, you’ll find tons of family-oriented activities on the night of, including concerts, fireworks, light displays and some wintery outdoor activities [think ice skating, ice carving competitions and snowman building].

Many cities, like Toronto, even offer free public transportation. The biggest bash happens in Ottawa on Parliament Hill and in the Byward Market and Niagara Falls throws a unique waterfall-lighting ceremony in tandem with its New York neighbours to the south.

For the adventure seekers…

If you’re looking for some outdoor activity this New Year’s, then a trip to one of Canada’s top-notch ski resorts is a must. You’ll get to take in all sorts of cold-weather activities, from skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing and winter caving. Some of the preeminent locales to look into include: Whistler/Blackcomb in British Columbia; Mont-Tremblant or Mont-Saint-Anne in Québec; Blue Mountain in Ontario; and Lake Louise or Banff in Alberta.

For the max relaxer…

When looking for a low-key getaway to kick-start your 2011, take a trip to one of Canada’s many spa retreats. Whether you’re looking for a spa tucked away in back-country Canada [for example, the rainforest of British Columbia] or one with incredible mountainous views [near one of Canada’s top ski resorts, say], there are hundreds of award-winning locales to choose from. For a comprehensive list of all of the options available, check out

For the foodie…

Looking to head into 2011 with a satisfied palate? There are tons of spots across the country you can head to. Book a bed and breakfast and head to one of the many winery restaurants that dot British Columbia [think Thompson Okanagan or Mission Hill Family Estate Winery] or Ontario [good options include Fielding, Jackson Triggs or Flat Rock]. If you’re into scotch, you can also check out some of the distilleries that line the Maritime provinces [an excellent choice is the Glenora Inn & Distillery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia].

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