The prospect of visiting Canada during wintertime might seem suspicious: isn’t it really, really cold? Why would anyone choose to visit Canada in winter? Well, we’re here to show you that this great country offers an abundance of fun things you can do even in the wintertime. Heck, you might even discover you like winter!
Why You Should Visit Canada in Winter
Lavish Food and Interesting Drinks
Rich, decadent dishes Canada is known for taste wonderful in winter. If you’d like some French fries with a twist, poutine is what you need – the national dish that includes French fries topped with gravy and cheese. If you’re in Quebec, don’t miss La Banquise, where you can have the best poutine. Other famous dishes from the area are pea soup, Montreal smoked meat, and tourtiere, a French-Canadian meat-pie. When it comes to drinks, you shouldn’t miss ice wine – a dessert wine made of frozen grapes. The area to sample the best ice wine is Ontario, and the best wineries are known to exist in a charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. If you opt for January as your time of visit, you might even catch their annual ice wine festival.
A bucket list for many, northern lights attract visitors from all over the world. Since Aurora Borealis – another name for the natural phenomenon – can be seen across northern parts of the country every winter, there are a lot of places where you can book your stay and head out in the evening to see the glistening light in green, purple, white and other colors. Our suggestions include Churchill in Manitoba, Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, Iqaluit in Nunavut. Churchill is also known as the world’s polar bear capital. So if you’d fancy seeing some of these lovely creatures from the Coke advertisements, this is the place to go. If you’d rather go to a more accessible location when you visit Canada in winter, opt for the Jasper National Park.
World’s Best Skiing
Not surprisingly, Canada has some of the world’s best ski resorts. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a pro, there’s a ski resort for you in Canada. For family vacationing, Big White in British Columbia is one of the best resorts. If you’d rather go to Alberta, famous resorts include Lake Louise, Mount Norquay and Sunshine Village, while Mont Tremblant and Le Massif are the Quebecois options. If you’d like to experience the largest ski resort in North America, hop to another place in British Columbia: Whistler-Blackcomb, just north of Vancouver, a venue of the 2010 Winter Olympics and a place offering a true experience of Canadian snow holidays.
National winter sport of Canada has the feature of captivating the attention even of those who aren’t big on team sports. If you’re lucky, when staying in one of the major cities in winter, you can spend an evening at a game in the National Hockey League, which includes Canadian and American teams. If not, never mind: hockey is so big in Canada that it’s possible to find a game somewhere near your hotel! The game is fast-paced, exciting and electric – so you might leave the rink with new friends. Nevertheless, a great time is guaranteed.
What you know about Canadians is that they’re nice. Correct. They also love to celebrate, and that’s why you’ll find plenty of winter festivals from coast to coast. The oldest winter festival in the country is the Quebec Winter Carnival. If you’re a foodie, try visiting the Dine Out Festival in Vancouver or the Winterlicious Festival in Toronto. Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls is also a lot of fun; and so are the Winterlude Festival in Ottawa and Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg.
Even if you’re not super active, there are activities that only require you to sit down and relax – but are so much fun! For example, dog sledding is an amazing and fun way to spend some time outdoors. Others will require at least some effort, but they are so worth it, such as snowshoeing, where you put snowshoes on – if you’ve never seen these, they resemble a tennis racket and they’re made for walking on snow. Snowboarding, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, and many others are activities sure to bring you some good time.
We hope you got the idea – winter holidays in Canada are so much more than just freezing. Are you inspired enough to pack your bags and go visit Canada in winter? Just don’t forget the first rule of winter clothes: layers, layers!