Ten winter activities to discover
What does the winter mean to you? Snow suits and snow boots; woolly toques and cosy mitts; steamy hot chocolate, and a warming bowl of stew… Here in Canada, we don’t hide from the winter; we go out and play in it! 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!
What? Experience the backcountry powder on the Earth’s mantle of the Tablelands! Skiers and snowshoers, journey through coastal mountains blessed with heavy snowfall, lowland forests and treeless alpine highlands before unwinding by the woodstove in a ski hut.
When? January to April (weather permitting)
What? Want to have a fun day out but the kids are glued to their screens? No problem, combine both! Download the Explora app and go to Louisbourg. As you explore the fortress and its surroundings, your phone or tablet will download photos, videos and a wealth of information thanks to GPS tracking. While you’re there, take a detour and admire the spectacular views on the Lighthouse Trail.
When? Did you know that this historic site is open year round? Open Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays) from October 15, 2018 to May 19, 2019 and daily from May 20 to October 13, 2019.
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 spectacular scenery! An experience sure to warm your heart and fill your senses.
What? Here, you can try a wide variety of winter activities from ice climbing to 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? December 8, 2018 to March 31, 2019 (weather permitting)
What? Aside from the long list of winter activities you can try in the park, Kouchibouguac National Park is also an all-season biking destination. Experience over 18 km of fat bike trails groomed in the most beautiful winter setting. Fat bikes can be rented all year.
When? December to March
What? Fill your days with skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking and skating adventures then spend the night camping under the Northern Lights. Stay close to town in one of five winterized oTENTik tents or venture out on ski or snowshoe for a peaceful night in Cairns Cabin.
When? December to March (weather permitting)
What? Breathe the frosty, spruce-scented air as your skis hit the trails of Canada’s first national park. With one of the longest ski seasons in North America, there is plenty of time to take in the most iconic views while exploring Banff’s track set and groomed cross-country ski trails.
When? Mid-November to April
What? Spend an afternoon zipping down the Headquarters tobogganing hill with the family or cruising the 18 km of groomed trails on a fat bike. There is no shortage of things to do at Fundy in the winter! Winter nights can be enjoyed from the comfort of a yurt, oTENTik or your own tent at Headquarters campground.
When? November to March
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
What? Lace up your skates and glide down the Chambly Canal! Three skating rinks are accessible to the public and are maintained and supervised by the municipalities of Chambly and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
When? Mid-January to March (weather permitting)