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!

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

© Gros Morne Adventures
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador

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)

2. A Disappearing Town or A Town Reborn? Choose your tour!

Buildings and streets of the fortified city of Louisbourg under the snow.
Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Nova Scotia

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.

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

Small children all bundled up in their winter clothing sit around a small fishing hole fishing.
Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, 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 spectacular scenery! An experience sure to warm your heart and fill your senses.

When? Consult the Ontario Fishing Regulations

4. Ice climbing or snow tagging – try something special!

Two visitors in front of their snowshoe drawing on a frozen lake.
La Mauricie National Park, Québec

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)

5. Fat biking

A young woman on her fat bike moving forward on a trail heading into the forest.
© Edward Deo Dingle
Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick

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

6. Stay overnight with us - will you choose the oTENTik or the cabin?

A winterized oTENTik accommodation sits amongst snow covered trees.
Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba

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)

7. Cross-country skiing in the Canadian Rockies

Young women cross-country skiing over a wooden bridge near a stream in the Lake Louise area.
Banff National Park, Alberta

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

8. Tobogganing or fat biking in Fundy National Park

 Visitors on fat bikes in the snow.
© A for Adventure
Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

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

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.
Radium Hot Springs, Kootenay National Park, 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.
Chambly Canal National Historic Site, Quebec

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)