Visiting Canada to enjoy a range of winter activities makes for a great holiday.
Winter is renowned as the best time to visit Canada where it boasts traditional winter activities and some of the world's best and biggest winter festivals. If you come to Canada this winter, the following seven activities must not be missed!
Ski Canada's Famous Resorts
Canada is famous for its ski resorts around the world. Canadian resorts are well known by any standard – long runs, sharp drop offs, and spectacular scenery plus a range of activities, such as heliskiing and glacier skiing.
The most famous ski destinations in Canada are:
Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia
Banff and Lake Louise in Alberta
Mont-Tremblant in Quebec
Visit Quebec City's Ice Hotel
Quebec City's Ice Hotel is one of the most amazing and unique tourist attractions in the world. Shaped like a cathedral, the hotel is carved entirely of ice including the furniture and even ice candelabras hanging from the 18 ft ceilings.
People will be surprised to know that the hotel is rebuilt each year and will be open for a very short time from January through to April.
Enjoy the Quebec Winter Carnival
The Quebec Winter Carnival is one of the biggest winter carnivals in the world and takes place annually at the end of January until mid-February.
Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the Carnival to enjoy a host of activities, including snow baths, night parades, snow slides, giant foosball, snow sculptures, shows, sleigh rides and skating.
Skate on the Rideau Canal, Ottawa
Every winter, Ottawa's Rideau Canal becomes the world's longest skating rink at 7.8 km (5 miles) long. Locals and visitors alike use the canal both as a means of transportation and a form of recreation.
The Skateway is generally sufficiently frozen and safe for skaters from late January or early February. Skate hire and sharpening services are available along the canal and sleighs can be hired to carry children across the canal.
Go Dog Sledding
One of the most interesting and memorable experiences in Canada must be dog sledding. The thick snow in Canada has turned dog sledding into a popular activity for both visitors and locals.
Explore the Canadian Rockies by Rail
The Canadian Rockies extend from the Interior Plains of Alberta to the Rocky Mountain Trench of British Columbia and form a World Heritage site that is made up of four national parks: Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho.
The majesty of the Canadian Rockies can be experienced from the Canadian Pacific Railway, which promises to provide an unforgettable adventure with treacherous mountain passes, fast rivers and sheer drops on the road.
Go Ice Fishing
Ice fishing would be a magnificent way to end a Canadian winter holiday. The weather and temperature in Canada is perfect for ice fishing, which is a wonderful way to relax and be at one with nature.