Experience Canada’s Fun Winter Festivals
The snow, slush, and ice of the winter season can really limit the amount of fun that we have. If you bundle up in your warmest gear, there are lots of winter festivals across this vast country that are all about celebrating the fun activities that can only be enjoyed in the winter. Real Style has a rundown of Canada’s winter festivals for those looking for a fun-filled winter wonderland experience.
Festival Du Voyageur – festivalvoyageur.mb.ca
Even though it’s very cold outside, Winnipeggers head outdoors for this festival in February to celebrate their first settlers in Winnipeg’s French quarter with exhibits. Voyageur Park’s winter festival is host to French-Canadian food, drink, traditional voyageur clothing, and francophone music.
Niagara Icewine Festival – niagarawinefestival.com
The 19th Annual festival includes various events over three weekends celebrating the sweet indulgence of ice wine. The Discovery Pass gets visitors into events at various wineries throughout the Niagara region over the course of the festival. The festival also celebrates wine’s best companion at their Wine and Cheese Seminars, and hosts the Icewine Gala for a night of Niagara cuisine, live entertainment, and –of course – more wine.
Carnaval de Québec – carnaval.qc.ca/en
January 31-February 16
The largest winter festival in the world takes place in Québec City. Visitors can enjoy the traditional sights and activities, such as Bonhomme and his ice palace, as well as newer winter sports activities and the snow bath.
Winterlude – canadascapital.gc.ca
January 31-February 17
The nation’s capital hosts Winterlude, where visitors can skate the Rideau Canal, admire the ice sculptures of the Crystal Garden, and kids will have a blast playing in the Snowflake Kingdom with the Ice Hog family. On top of all the winter activities, you can also enjoy Winterlude’s live entertainment, including musicians, dancers, acrobats, and street performers.
Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – wssf.com
Despite its name, this festival includes so much more than skiing and snowboarding; it’s a full-on cultural experience. In addition to extreme sports by novices and top athletes alike, the festival includes free concerts, film and photography exhibitions, fashion shows, and exciting nightlife.
Winterlicious – toronto.ca
January 31-February 13
Explore Toronto’s wide variety of cuisine in the city’s local restaurants during Winterlicious. Choose among over 200 restaurants to experience with the Prix Fixe program, attend one of the delicious (and sometimes educational) culinary events, and share your culinary adventures on various social media platforms.
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