Think of Canada for an Incredible Winter Vacation

by admin on December 18, 2012

The winters in Canada can be a little chilly, but that’s part of the charm of the North American country. The numerous outdoor and snow oriented activities like skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and wildlife spotting are what make for exciting vacations in Canada.

From December to March, much of Canada freezes over and experiences cold temperatures with plenty of snowfall, which for many travelers, translates into a fun-filled, action-packed getaway. If you do plan to make one of the many cities of Canada your vacation destination, just make sure you pack plenty of warm clothing.

 

Whistler/ Blackcomb

Whistler BlackcombCanada’s most prominent ski resort is consistently ranked as the best ski resort in all of North America. The winter wonderland is the number one destination for many vacationers and a paradise for the adventure-lover. Here, guests can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, glacier skiing and tubing. There is a variety of slopes and activities that cater to all levels and interests. The nearby Winter Olympic Park is worth a visit. The area, just ten miles southwest of the village, was the site of the cross-country skiing and ski jumping activities in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. If the weather gets too cold, there is plenty of shopping and spas. Restaurants in the area are also top notch. The Barefoot Bistro is an experience in and of itself.

 

 

 

 

Quebec City

Quebec City A true winter wonderland, Quebec City is the quintessential place for a winter vacation. It is home to the famous Quebec Ice Hotel which is built entirely of ice and the only one of its kind in North America. Here guests stay in upscale igloos and can enjoy warm drinks and cocktails at the ice bar. Every year, the area celebrates the Quebec Winter Carnival. It has become the biggest winter carnival in the world in which amusement park rides, skiing, snow rafting, parades and ice sculpting and igloo building contests, among other things, entertain guests. The festival which runs from late January to mid February is great for families.

 

 

 

 

Ottawa

OttawaCanada doesn’t hold back when it comes to hosting the best winter activities. At just over five miles long, the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa is the world’s largest skating rink. By the time late January, early February rolls around, the Canal freezes over and becomes a form of transportation and entertainment for many. Ottawa also hosts an incredible winter festival. Winterlude is a three week celebration that features ice sculptures, a snow playground, concerts and ice skating on the canal.

 

 

 

 

 

Ontario

OntarioWhile it is possible to go dog sledding in many areas throughout Canada, the experience is most unique in Ontario’s backcountry. There are over 30 thousand trails through snow covered forests to explore on dog sledding tours.

 

 

 

 

 

Churchill

ChurchillFor those who want to truly reconnect with nature, head to Churchill where polar bear watching and the Aurora Borealis are the prime attractions. Every year, the majestic creatures travel inland in search of food and shelter. At night, it may be possible to see the colorful ribbons of green and purple light dance across the sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With all the fun activities, natural attractions, and low mortgage rates in Canada, we wouldn’t blame you if you ended up turning your short-term vacation into an extended stay in the great northern country.

Jonny Chapman is a keen travel blogger.

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