Posted by on 01 Nov 2019 , in North America
It might be covered in snow and ice but that crisp air, the frozen lakes, gorgeous alps and fairytale-like towns make Canada the ultimate winter getaway destination.
Here’s out top five reasons why the land of the maple leaf is unparalleled when the mercury drops to magical.
Winter is the perfect opportunity to explore Canada without the bustling visitor numbers of other seasons.
There are little to no queues at popular sites like the Canadian Museum of History, the Art Gallery of Ontario or Toronto’s iconic CN Tower. Watch the light show at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver or walk through the neighbourhoods of Winnipeg.
Travelling off-season makes for a more intimate experience and the quiet streets will allow you to see everything you intended to at your own pace.
With everything covered in a blanket of snow, this kind of holiday is a dreamy experience. Warm up in a log cabin in Quebec or explore the frozen thunderous waterfalls of Johnston Canyon – winter adds even more charm to a cosy resort town holiday.
If you thought the surroundings were beautiful in the morning, take a stroll at night and see the towns and villages sparkle with festive lights welcoming the Christmas season.
Amazing outdoor adventures
Apart from being an amazing ski destination, there are countless other outdoor activities to do like ice skating on frozen lakes or dog sledding in Banff for example. Spot Polar bears and whales in Manitoba or go snowshoeing in Whistler.
Another great adventure is watching the incredible Aurora Borealis as it lights up the sky. Visit cities like Whitehorse, Dawson, and Yellowknife for a chance to see the mesmerising Northern Lights.
After a day filled with activities, cool down in one of the hot springs in the Canadian Rockies.
Revered for much more than its slopes and runs, Canada is a great place to welcome the winter season with its many festivals celebrating the onset of the colder weather.
Marvel at the amazing sculptures or snap a photo of the stunning ice palace at the Ice Magic Festival in Banff & Lake Louise.
Head to Ottawa for the annual Winterlude festival to skate on the world’s largest ice rink and taste some of the best local dishes from a set menu. Visit Niagara Falls during the Winter Festival of Lights for a spectacular light show illuminating the beautiful waterfalls.
Each city has its own unique festival that commemorates the season.
Perhaps even stay at the amazing ice hotel in Quebec? Made entirely of snow and ice, this natural piece of architectural wonder is something to behold.
Great value for money
Since winter is the off-peak season for tourism in Canada, prices are usually lower when it comes to air tickets and accommodation.
The lower demand also means packages and tours are offered at exclusive prices. You get all the wonderful experience of a winter wonderland in Canada without breaking the bank.