The best way to enjoy winter is to fully and completely embrace it. Take a vacation to a part of Canada that does winter right—not just tolerating it, but celebrating it. Here are a few options.
Whistler, British Columbia
Whistler is beloved as a skiing and snowboarding destination due to its abundance of mountains. It’s also great for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, zip lining and gondola rides that will give you views of all the snowy beauty. If you want to be outside and active on your vacation, Whistler is the place to go.
Quebec City, Quebec
While it’s not a huge winter sports destination, Quebec City is a wonderful place to visit in the winter months because Quebec knows how to embrace the season. Being so far north means that winter is colder and lasts even longer, so there’s more motivation to make the most of it. It’s also a beautiful city made only more beautiful by the snow. The location is famous for its Ice Hotel—yes, it’s literally a hotel made of ice—so consider staying the night to prove just how Canadian you are.
From skating on a frozen Lake Louise to the Ice Magic Festival, dogsledding, frozen waterfalls, winter rock climbing, dips in the hot springs and, of course, all the skiing and snowboarding you would expect from the Canadian Rockies, there’s something incredible about Banff in the winter. It might even make you wish winter lasted longer.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Winter is an excellent time to visit this tourist destination, since the craziness of summer tourist season has calmed down. Not only that, but Niagara Falls does the holidays right with beautiful lighting displays, fireworks and reliable New Year’s Eve celebrations that you won’t soon forget. Seeing the falls frozen over is also a remarkable sight to behold, and will set your Niagara photos apart from the rest of the tourists.