For those who love the outdoors, winter presents a whole new set of activities and adventures to explore in Canada. SheKnows Canada has the inside scoop on five very cool Canadian spots to visit in wintertime, each guaranteeing unique experiences and memories to last a lifetime. Here are five Canadian winter spots to visit this winter.
Set in the picturesque Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, Mont Tremblant is one of the most popular spots for wintertime fun in Canada. It doesn’t get any cooler than a resort that offers night time entertainment, spa and ski packages, a casino, as well as an astounding selection of winter activities to choose from including; skiing, snowboarding in the specially equipped snow parks, snowshoeing, ice skating, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, ice climbing, dog sledding, horseback riding, tubing and sliding, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, helicopter rides, paintball – there’s even an adventure course complete with a zipline! Go. Now.
The fabulous Ice Hotel, or Hotel de Glace, is rebuilt each winter, this time just ten minutes from Quebec City. Overnight guests will have the experience of sleeping within a work of art on a bed made of ice.
There are 36 rooms and theme suites, some with fireplaces, and one with it’s own spa. Guests can enjoy the Nordic relaxation area, which boasts outdoor spas and saunas, try out the North Face Grand Slide, or book a package that includes dog sledding! A stay at the ice hotel, open from January to March, is a truly winter experience.
This annual celebration of winter is held in Ottawa, Ontario usually the first three weekends in February. Cool outdoor activities happening during the festival include ice-sculpting contests, skating shows, public ice-skating, and concerts.
Jacques-Cartier Park in neighboring Gatineau is transformed into a huge snow park with structures and slides during Winterlude, which also has special play areas for the children and even an ice lounge. Local attractions often join in the festivities by offering special exhibits and events as well.
For another great area winter festival, visit Bonhomme the snowman at Carnival Quebec from late January to mid-February.
Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort
There is no cooler place to hang out than Whistler in the wintertime. Set in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, the resort offers snowboarding, alpine and extreme skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing, and sleigh rides.
There are numerous types of winter tours available including; snowcat, helicopter, tasting tours, and ziptrek ecotours. Want more? How about dog sledding, a backcountry adventure, a visit to the Scandinavian spa, or checking out the shopping, nightlife and restaurants in the village!
Calgary Winter Festival
Commemorating the 1988 Winter Olympics and the fun of winter, the Calgary Winter Festival spans over eleven days in early February in the city of Calgary, Alberta. There are tons of cool family-oriented events such as skating parties, pond hockey tournaments, bonspiels, and dances. Visitors will also find winter carnivals with games, prizes, and live performances.
Fort Calgary gets in on the fun and offers a touch of history with special free programming for families. There is also a multi-cultural celebration involving music, song, and dance. Don’t miss the Family Fun Zone.