Canada’s a delight to visit in winter. From November to April, the drop in temperatures turns this vast country into a winter wonderland. Idyllic snow-covered mountains to cosy city cafes will appeal to anyone. The country’s an ideal choice if you’re keen to try sports such as skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey and outdoor skating. If that’s you, here’s what to do in Canada in winter.
Visit a frozen Niagara Falls
Canada’s most famous waterfalls are magnificent in winter. Ice and snow frost the rocks that litter the ground beside the falls. When it gets really cold, the cascade itself appears to freeze. However, thanks to the installation of an ice boom, designed to prevent flooding downstream, the water can no longer turn completely to ice. The last time that happened was back in 1938. Nevertheless, the sight of ice building up at the falls is a sight worth travelling halfway across the world to see.
Ski or snowboard in beautiful mountain scenery
Canada offers some of the best skiing in the world. Ample precipitation and low temperatures keep the snow soft and fluffy, making its resorts a great choice for beginners and experts alike. To the west, stay at iconic Chateau Lake Louise to take advantage of the breathtaking views of the Rockies. Luxurious Fairmont Banff Springs is a smart choice if you fancy heli-skiing. Whistler’s another popular choice. Its powder-filled back bowls satisfy thrill seekers as will its bobsleigh rides and ziplines. To the east, Tremblant is the largest resort in Quebec, known for its après-ski.
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Watch the Northern Lights
Head north, away from the bright lights of Canada’s cities and you’ll perhaps catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. The best place to see them is on a tour out of Yellowknife, where the aurora borealis has the potential to put in an appearance up to 240 nights a year. Little wonder some dub the place “the Aurora Capital of North America”. Book a dog-sledding adventure, ride out into the wilderness on a snowmobile or simply relax in a hot tub or warm teepee while you wait for this incredible natural phenomenon.
Enjoy some foodie treats in Toronto
For two weeks each January and February Toronto hosts Winterlicious. This fabulous food festival is sure to get your mouth watering. Participating restaurants put on special menus and offer them at discounted rates. There are also culinary tours, cookery classes and other food-focused events that will please any self-respecting gourmet. Across the country, there are many uniquely Canadian dishes to try. Poutine, for instance, is a yummy combination of fries, cheese and gravy which originates in Quebec, while trempettes smothered in maple syrup are a typical sweet treat.
So how about that trip to Canada this winter? If you’d like us to put together an itinerary, why not get in touch with Mundana today?