From the Aurora skies of the north, to the misty west coast, to the frigid Prairies, to the snowy expanses of Ontario and Quebec, to the blustery Atlantic - it's time to take advantage of the cold months while they last. Explore the best of winter in Canada.
When the seasons change and snow starts to fall, a plethora of unique recreation comes to life in Canada. Strap on snowshoes and stomp across powdery glades. Hire a dogsled musher to show you the ropes of traditional winter travel. Choose horsepower over dog-power and straddle a snowmobile. Ice skate across a frozen river hand-in-hand with your companion. Tour the luge tracks and ski jumps from two Olympic Winter Games.
Here are some key winter experiences in Canada:
- Ice skate on the world’s largest outdoor rink - Ottawa’s eight-km-long Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Take a helicopter from downtown Toronto to Ontario's Haliburton Highlands and experience a day-trip dogsled tour through remote wilderness.
- Explore Ontario’s network of 43,000 km of recreational snowmobile trails.
- Explore the icy wonderland of Jasper’s Maligne Canyonand Banff’s Johnston Canyon—marvelling at crystalline waterfalls and ice caves as you trek atop a frozen river.
- Tour Calgary Olympic Park, home to the 1988 Olympic Winter Games; brave the luge track or ride along on a bobsleigh run.
- Cross-country ski through Edmonton's River Valley—home to more than 50 km of groomed trails in nine different parks.
- Experience a snowshoe tour under the full moon’s light at Vancouver's Mount Seymour.
- Play the part of an Olympian with a bobsleigh ride or skeleton run at Whistler's Olympic Park.
- Head west for a Pacific Storm Watching tour; witness seven-metre-tall waves crash along scenic shores.
- Skate along 1.2 km of ice-trails within Winnipeg’s Forks National Historic Site, located right in the downtown core.
- Explore Winnipeg's snowy Grand Beach Provincial Park and ski five different cross-country trails, ranging from 2.6 to 13.3 km in length.
Newfoundland & Labrador
- Snowshoe or cross-country ski to the edge of a 500-million-year-old fiord at the Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Witness the Maritimes’ most extreme winter event: the 2,300-km Cain’s Quest Snowmobile Endurance Race.
- Quebec, birthplace of the Ski-Doo, offers 33,500 km of groomed and marked snowmobile trails; Québec City's the White Triangle is the most popular region.
- Set out on a snowshoe or horse-drawn sled sugar-shack tour and sample maple syrup fresh from the tree.
- Stay the night in a hotel made entirely from ice—Hotel de Glace—and admire intricate ice carvings while you sip a cocktail at the cosmopolitan Ice Bar.
- Enjoy a skijoring session—a sport that merges dogsledding and cross-country skiing.
- Hire a guided snowmobile tour and explore 10,000 km-plus of maintained trails.
- Spend a day at the home of a world champion dogsled racer, tending to spirited Alaskan huskies; set out on a guided Klondike dogsled adventure.
- Embark on an eight-day Arctic voyage with a journey along the Ice Road to Tuktoyaktuk.