Canada isn't just for summer. And the winter isn't all about skiing and après, either! Canada does have incredible powder snow and world-class ski resorts, granted. But it also has crisp blue skies, the Northern Lights, sleigh rides, dog-sledding, ice climbing, glaciers and tons more activities on offer.
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In winter, the snow brings a sparkle to the air. Canadians are used to the mass snowfall and chilly temperatures, so the country doesn’t grind to a halt. Instead, winter holidays in Canada are all about big roaring fires, snowmobiles, dog sledding, sleigh rides in the snow and (our favourite) outdoor hot-pooling and spas. It’s truly magical. The Rocky Mountains are the perfect setting and, arguably, look even more impressive and majestic in the winter months, covered in powder snow. The days begin with the sun rising through the towering peaks, alpenglow turning the tops of them pink and orange. Eastern Canada has mountains too, and of course, the cities are filled with ice-skating rinks and winter festivals.
As if the abundance of snowy activities wasn’t enough, a winter holiday in Canada has another trick up its sleeve: the Northern Lights. Canada is one of the best places in the world to see the aurora as much of the country lies near or under the auroral oval. Northern Lights holidays in Canada promise expert guides to take you to the darkest skies, free of light pollution, where the incredible blues and greens dance across the sky. In Northern Canada, the winter days are short like in the UK, offering even more hours of darkness to try to spot those incredible lights.
Discover some of our favourite things to see and places to go in winter in Canada.
One of the most iconic winter experiences in Canada. Settle back into a cosy, fur-lined sled or mush your own team of huskies beneath the snowy mountain peaks. Dog sled tours can last from a couple of hours to a whole day, with treats like campfires and hot chocolate. Meeting the friendly huskies is definitely a highlight.
Montréal and Toronto have an innovative PATH system - a maze of tunnels linking you from shop to shop and even hotels, without going outside.
Ottawa’s UNESCO Site freezes over to become the longest skating rink in the world. You’ll even find shops and food stalls on the ice.
The mountain resort of Mont Tremblant is ideal for a winter holiday. It’s tucked away in the Laurentian Mountains on the shores of Lake Tremblant.
Winter is the best time to view the aurora, and Canada has some of the world's best spots. Head to Jasper, Yellowknife or Whitehorse.
Whistler’s not just for ski. It’s a resort for everyone with a lovely pedestrian village, beautiful hotels and lodges and two huge mountains to enjoy. There are plenty of non-ski activities like snow-shoeing, tubing, tobogganing and zip lining. Plus, some incredible spas! You’ll be planning your return before you’ve dusted the snow off your boots.