Winter Travel Destinations To Go See In Canada
If the stress of hectic work deadlines and last-minute Christmas gift shopping combined with the bleak grey skies is giving you winter blues, escape the pressures of your everyday life and plan a trip to one of these winter destinations for the Holidays. From whisking down the snow-covered peaks and vast downhill slopes of Whistler to marveling at the white polar bears in Churchill, pack your gloves and parka and embrace the winter season with these cold-weather destinations like a true Canuck.
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1. Whistler, British Columbia: Explore the ski capital of Canada and bask in the glorious scenery of Whistler for a snow-filled, wintry getaway. This top ranked mountain resort gained its high-profile from the success of the 2010 Winter Olympics and has become the ultimate getaway for skiers and snowboarders looking to hit the slopes. Located just two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is the perfect winter playground for thrill seekers pining for an adventure or two. From gondola rides and dog sledding to snowmobiling, ice climbing and heli-skiing, you’ll get your fill of fun winter sports. For non-skiers looking for a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Whistler also boasts a handful of hotels, shops, spas and fine dining restaurants. Spend a quiet night in at Whistler Blackcomb resort and take a stroll through the quaint village for a luxurious shopping spree. At night, enjoy a gourmet cuisine amidst the picturesque snow-covered mountaintop views.
2. Québec City, Québec: Lights, decorations and snow are just a few of the things you’ll see in Québec city during the holidays. The city is rich in history which is reflected in the old-world baroque architecture of the buildings and the narrow cobblestoned walkways, giving the city a charming European vibe. Petit Champlain, Place Royale and Vieux-Port are just a few of the top attractions where visitors go to for one-of-a-kind boutiques and restaurants. If you’re travelling with family and kids, wander around Old Québec for a festive winter celebration. This historic district is transformed into a Christmas Village with fun holiday activities such as the German Christmas Market, concerts and exhibitions sprawling the city. Embrace the cool temperatures and skate on the Plains of Abraham while overlooking the Saint-Lawrence River and enjoy a night ride on a horse-drawn carriage around Parliament Hill while taking in the twinkling lights.
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3. Calgary, Alberta: Nestled in between the Prairies and the mountains, Calgary’s natural grandeur is the main attraction to see. From the vast landscapes to the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, relish in the great Canadian outdoors this winter. Make your way to the resort towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper to have access to the towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies. These resorts feature some of the best ski hills for avid skiers and snowboarders as well as icy canyon trails and frozen waterfalls for winter enthusiasts. In the province that gets the least snowfall and the most sun during the winter, explore the scenic lands during the daytime and hike through the snowy trails and icy caves in an enchanting ice walk tour around the Rockies.
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4. Churchill, Manitoba: In the small town of Churchill, polar bear sightings are not the least uncommon during winter. As the shores freeze on Hudson Bay, polar bears return for seal-hunting season and every year, thousands of people both from Canada and outside the country flock to Churchill for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of spotting and observing these magnificent creatures in the wild. Admire these great whites from a wilderness lodge or if you want to get up-close-and-personal, ride the tundra vehicles designed to glide smoothly across the snow and ice and enhance your bear watching experience.
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