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Ten winter activities to discover in 2017

Canada is a winter wonderland offering Canadians and visitors a shopping list of things to try during the winter months. So we encourage you to get outdoors and have some fun! It will also help you stay healthy and overcome the winter blues!

And this year is the perfect time to try something new as entry to our Parks Canada sites is free in 2017.

1. Backcountry skiing and snowshoe touring on the Earth’s Mantle 

Three skiers with packs on their back look out over the winter landscape to decide where they want to ski next. Planning the next ski from the Big Lookout in Gros Morne National Park.
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Where? Gros Morne National Park in western Newfoundland.

What? Experience the backcountry powder on the Earth’s mantle of the Tablelands! Skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers, head towards Southwest Gulch and then unwind by the woodstove in a ski hut.

When? January to April 2017 (weather permitting).

2. Enjoy maple taffy on snow at "Vive les Voyageurs Festival"

Three men dressed up as Voyageurs carrying a canoe and paddles. "Vive les Voyageurs Festival" at Fort Langley National Historic Site.
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Where? For Langley National Historic Site in British Columbia.

What? Tap your feet and clap to the beat of French Canada. Experience the unique folklore of the voyageurs and fur traders. Learn a Métis dance and a little bit of French and of course, fill up on some maple taffy and poutine while enjoying the Voyageur-style music. Special events for Canada’s 150th anniversary include a Canada 150 ice sculpture demonstration.

When? January 21-22, 2017.

3. Ice fishing on one of Ontario’s Great Lakes

Three small children all bundled up in their winter clothing sit around a small fishing hole fishing  Winter fishing on Lake Superior in Northern Ontario.
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Where? Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area in Northern Ontario.

What? With over 70 species of fish in Lake Superior, you can sit by a fire in a fishing hut or enjoy the crisp winter air and the spectacular scenery! An experience sure to warm your heart and fill your senses.

When? Consult the Ontario Fishing Regulations for what you can fish when in Ontario.

4. Cross-country skiing, snow tagging or snowshoeing - something for everyone! 

Several friends are cross-country skiing on the groomed trails in La Mauricie. Enjoying a cross-country ski with friends on groomed trails of La Mauricie National Park.
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Where? La Mauricie National Park in Quebec.

What? Here, you can try a wide variety of winter activities from snowshoeing to cross country skiing to snow tagging. There is so much to do, you’ll want to spend the night in an oTENTik for a truly great winter experience.

When? From December 10, 2016 until March 31, 2017 – weather permitting.

5. Fat biking on groomed winter trails

A young woman on her fat bike moving forward on a trail heading into the forest.  Enjoying the groomed trails on her fat bike in Kouchibouguac National Park.
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Where? Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick.

What? Aside from the long list of winter activities you can try in the park, we are now also an all-season biking destination. Experience over 15 km of fat bike trails groomed in the most beautiful winter setting. Fat bikes can be rented all year.

When? All winter.

6. Stay overnight with us - build a quinzhee or experience an oTENTik 

A quinzhee is built in the Aspen day-use area facing the water with a beautiful view of a setting sun. Quinzhee anyone? Snuggle up and enjoy the view.
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Where? Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba.

What? Experience a (winter) night in the great outdoors - build a quinzhee almost anywhere in the park (or, if you’re lucky, some of the locals might have some already built for you!) or rent one of five oTENTiks – a perfect mix of cabin meets tent, making them the perfect option for winter camping.

When? All winter.

7. Cross-country skiing and wildlife viewing in a serene mountain environment

Skiers enjoy groomed trails heading towards incredible mountain views. Cross-country skiers enjoy a beautiful day of skiing along the Akamina Parkway to Cameron Lake in Waterton.
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Where? Waterton Lakes National Park in Southern Alberta.

What? In Waterton Lakes opportunities abound to celebrate winter: enjoy cross-country skiing, ice climbing or snowshoeing to name a few. Bring your camera or binoculars because we also offer unique wildlife viewing opportunities – see herds of elk or bighorn sheep grazing the grasslands or just simply walk and picnic on a beautiful day.

When? Begins in November and stretches into April (weather permitting).

8. Tobogganing or snowshoeing in Fundy National Park

A person stops to admire the incredible view, surrounded by snow covered trees in a forest on a trail. Snowshoeing in a winter wonderland in Fundy National Park.
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Where? Fundy National Park in New Brunswick.

What? In honour of Canada 150, we are offering a celebratory winter experience in 2017. Come and feel the wind on your cheeks and let yourself go. The Headquarters tobogganing hill is a great place for you to spend an afternoon with family and friends. Or, snowshoe or walk through the park.

When? During the winter months, we are open daily from sunrise until sunset.

9. Soak and relax in one of the Canadian Rockies Hot Springs 

Steam from hot spring raises into the cool winter air seen from a distance. Come and enjoy the awe of Radium Hot Springs in winter.
© Parks Canada / Olivia Robinson

Where? Radium Hot Springs, Kootenay National Park in British Columbia.

What? After a day spent enjoying the great outdoors, take a relaxing soak in the Radium Hot Springs’ soothing mineral waters. The weather outside may be chilly, but it’s always 39 °C here! Marvel at the rock cliffs of Sinclair Canyon and see if you can spot one of the bighorn sheep that make this place their home.

When? Open all year.

10. Ice skating on a historic canal

One man and two women skate together along Canal Chambly.  He is holding a hockey stick and one of the women is pushing a stroller.  All are smiling. Enjoying an afternoon skate with friends and family on Chambly Canal.
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Where? Chambly Canal National Historic Site in Quebec.

What? Come and join us for some ice skating on the Chambly Canal! We have three skating rinks that are accessible to the public and maintained and supervised by the municipalities of Chambly and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

When? The skating season typically runs from mid-January to March, subject to weather conditions.

Looking for more? Plan your winter holidays!