7 Things to Do in Canada in the Winter

Canada is on my bucket list for ages. There is so much to be seen and experimented in this fascinating country that it’s a bit tricky to choose where to start from or and when to go. So, why not experience Canada through the seasons?

I don’t know about you, but I do confess it would a dream to visit the Great White North in the winter. Is it just me? I just love the idea of enjoying a snowy Christmas in one of the multicultural Canadian big cities or checking the frozen waterfalls in the Banff National Park.

It’s worth it to remember Canada is the second’s largest country in the World. It means it’s spoiled with stunning landscapes and natural beauty, history and heritage to discover, world-wide gastronomy and plenty of outdoors activities to join.

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But it will also probably take you two or three visits to make the most of it. Don’t panic! There will always be another reason to be back to this amazing country.

After packing some extra layers of clothes and be prepared to the drastic changes of temperatures during the Canadian winter, it’s time to check the 7 best things to do in the winter in this stunning country:

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#1. Exploring the Canadian Rocky Mountains | Alberta

What would be more exciting than visiting the Rockies in the winter? These are the largest range of mountains located in western in North America – passing though Canada and The United States.

There’re plenty to explore in the Canadian Rockies; including visiting both Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. Their gorgeous scenarios and inquisitive wildlife attract tourists from all over the world.

Driving through the area is still the best option to enjoy the scenic driving through the highway through the mountains. There are also plenty of guided tours to join in the area.

Enjoy the most beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks from Lake Louise and if time is not a problem for you, spend some serene and cosy days in the cosy town of Jasper.

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#2. Go for a Cottage Holiday | British Columbia

Do you want to experience an authentic Canadian holiday? Stay in a cottage in the middle of the wilderness. Canadian love spending time in the outdoors and we can understand why.

There are thousands of cottages, cabins and campsites to choose from in different parts of the country. From Glacier views to spots that you can reach only by helicopters. Yes, you heard it.

It’s just a great to embrace the winter spending time with loved ones in the remote country spot somewhere in the country. Sleeping in front of the fireplace, having comfort food and wine, and of course, playing in the snow are some of the great memories to bring back from your trip.

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#3. Road Trip to Vancouver Island | British Columbia

Vancouver itself is a melt pot for cultural, gastronomic and outdoor activities. This seaport city is in many lists of the most beautiful cities in the world, and you can understand why when you check the stunning views from Stanley Park.

When you cross the ferry and then join a road trip to Vancouver Island and visit places like the Gulf Islands, you take your trip to another level.

It’s the right time to understand more about the indigenous paths and heritage in Canada. Besides,  the Vancouver Islands also provides you sportive activities that will take your breath away such as canoeing, trekking, surfing and even whales watching.

Driving through the highway at Buttle Lake can be a bit tricky, but it’s a gorgeous spot to enjoy views of stunning untouched nature. It’s a great spot for a winter camping trip too!

#4. Join the Festival Du Voyageur in Winnipeg | Manitoba

That’s for sure one of the most spectacular winter festivals to join when visiting Canada. Festival Du Voyageur is an annual 10-day winter event to showcase the International Sculpture Symposium, when people put tents around the historic Fort Gibraltar to enjoy delicious French-Canadian food, heritage, children’s activities and music.


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#5. Skiing, Snowboarding winter in Whistler | British Columbia

We can’t leave skiing out of the list of activities to do when visiting Canada in the winter, of course. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, I have good news for you – Whistler Blackcomb are the skiing and snowboarding heaven destinations.

Besides, Whistler is also a wonderful place for sightseeing as well. It’s possible to visit the Olympic venues and try delicious food in the village. Another popular attraction is crossing both mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, peak to peak using the Whistler gondola.

If you’re open to more adrenaline, winter zip-lining is the ultimate experience to go for. Whistler is a winter wonderland!

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#6. Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls | Ontario

I guess you’re thinking that any reason is a good reason to visit the Niagara Falls, anyway. However, visiting this famous landscape in the winter gives another perspective for the whole experience in this natural wonder.

Besides checking the spectacular views of natural frozen ice sculptures, it’s in the Winter Festival of Lights that tourist from all over the world can experience the falls illumination show and Canada’s longest colourful firework display.

The event is held annually from early November to the end of January.

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#7. Ice Skate in the Rideau Canal | Ottawa

I know that this list is becoming a guide to sports activities in the winter. But the truth is that if you’re passing by the Canadian capital during the coldest months of the winter, it’s likely that you will check the world’s largest ice skate rink.

You can not only ice skate in the Rideau canal, but also walking through it. It’s also worth it to remember that the canal, also known as Rideau waterway, has 200 kilometres in length. Don’t forget to stop and try some snacks and pastries from the  Beavertails – the famous Canadian maker founded in 1978.

*This is a collaborative post. 

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Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.

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