5 places to visit in Canada for a winning winter trip

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Canada is a country so vast and yet so beautiful that any trip here barely scratches the surface of what can be enjoyed in this North American utopia.

Vibrant cities offering every type of entertainment you could hope for – big concerts, comedy shows, big theater shows, nightclubs, live dealer casinosfrom bars and more – to the tranquility and awe found among the various stunning natural wonders – Niagara Falls, Great Bear Rainforest, Columbia Icefields, Banff National Park and the Northern Lights to name a few – and the adventures to be had from the mountain to the forest to the lake, it’s safe to say that Canada will surprise and delight in equal measure.

A country that warmly welcomes visitors at any time of year, we take a look at what makes it particularly good for a winning winter trip and where to head for the best experiences.

Ottawa

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Canada’s capital and the perfect place to enjoy a range of attractions, Ottawa boasts winter festivals and activities galore. Located at the confluence of the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers, the city is not far from Montreal and the US border, but experiences cold winters, cold enough that the Rideau Canal freezes over and offers five miles of skating, making it the largest in the world. rink.

On top of that there’s the Winterlude festival, which takes place in February and sees ice sculptures, a snow playground, concerts and a horse race on the frozen canal. For those who like to stay indoors, the city is full of fantastic museums to discover, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Museum of aviation and space, the Canada Science and Technology Museum and many more. After.

Banff National Park

Autumn at Boom Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta

Canada’s first national park and the world’s third, Banff National Park is truly a showpiece, and this majestic mountain destination offers endless outdoor activities and wildlife, especially in winter.

The best time to visit is between December and March if you are looking for peak time skiing and the resort town of Banff is a great place to locate yourself. Dominating the skyline, the peaks of Mount Rundle and Mount Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, and the town’s castle-style restaurants, shops and hotels, as well as the SnowDays festival and Ice Magic festival in January, offer a versatile experience.

Toronto

Winter on the Toronto Islands with the downtown Toronto skyline in the background

A stunning destination along the northwest shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is a wonderfully diverse city with a cutting-edge fashion scene, interesting neighborhoods and a top-notch culinary scene, among many others. The iconic, freestanding CN Tower dominates the skyline, and come winter, it’s like walking around a scenic snow globe with the twinkling lights surrounding you. See the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Casa Lomo, St. Lawrence Market, Toronto Zoo, High Park, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Canada’s Wonderland and the Temple of hockey fame on your travels here.

whistler

View of Whistler Village and the ski slopes at dusk.
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Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, open six months a year, is often cited as one of the best in North America and understandably hosted many events during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Skiers and snowboarders will be in heaven here, and if you prefer something a little different then you’re in luck as you can try your hand at sledding, ski jumping and snowshoeing at the Olympic Park.

Vancouver

vancouver, city of the 2010 winter olympics

When the cold weather gets a little too chilly, heading to Vancouver might be a great option for you, as this west coast city has more moderate temperatures than the rest of Canada. Not only that, but the bustling and diverse city offers a range of fantastic restaurants (Japanese, seafood and steak lovers will be in heaven), luxury hotels such as Fairmont Pacific Rim and The Rosewood Hotel Georgia, upscale shopping around Alberni Street, and plenty of ways to get active, including a visit to Grouse Mountain for skiing, snowboarding, and helicopter tours.

Add to that the variety of bars and clubs for evening entertainment, galleries and museums for cultural immersion and gardens and parks for a peaceful respite from the city and you have yourself a complete destination to add to. your list.

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