Top 10 Things to See and Do in Canadian Winter

Top 10 Things to See and Do in Canadian Winter

Canada provides great destinations and amusing outdoor activities in winter. The country receives heavy snow and low temperatures during the season. Therefore if you are looking to find a nice winter escape this year, consider these ten choices.

10. Watch the Unique Frozen Bubbles on Abraham Lake

The artificial lake in tranquil surroundings becomes a spectacular site during winter. The temperatures may fall below -30 degrees Celsius here, thus making this big lake freeze.

Why go there?

The lake and its surroundings are a beautiful place to visit and have a hike in nature.

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9. Climb the Ice Pillars in Haffner Creek

Found in Kootenay National Park, which is a wonderful nature reserve, considered a World Heritage Site, Haffner Creek is a very picturesque site, which is loved by the climbers, as well as photographers. The steep wall challenges experienced professionals as well as beginners. The site features ice pillars, that create its unique signature. Haffner Creek has a lot of different routes, that suit any level climbers.

Why go there?

Everyone is welcome. The mountain guides prepare ropes and help the beginners. Caveman cave, which is located a little further from Haffner Creek, is a spectacular cave, filled with stalactites, that also tempt adventurers to climb them.

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Photo by Paul Zizka

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Photo by Paul Zizka

8. Play Ice Hockey

The sport is tough, but can be very challenging and fun as well. In Canada everyone plays ice hockey, even the pop stars like Justin Bieber. Usually ice skating rink is preferred, but even your yard with ice on it will suit the ardent players. Also frozen lakes and ponds will suit the players well.

Why play?

Try this national sport – it is competitive and can be a bit rough. However, once in Canada, do like the Canadians do.

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7. See the Stunning Booming Ice Chasm

A dangerous cave traps cold air that enters it, but doesn’t leave, resulting in several meters of thick clear smooth ice. It also has an amazing acoustics. However, only professionals should climb these ice caves, though, because the slightest mistake would send them sliding into the wall.

How to get there?

Situated on the Alberta/British Columbia border, which is a 90 minutes drive from Calgary.

Booming-Photo by Michael Anderson

Photo by Michael Anderson

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6. See Frozen Niagara Falls

The most famous falls mark the border between Canada and USA. The natural wonder is made of three falls, that are sprawled in the Canadian and American territories. The waterfall attracts millions of tourists every year. During winter the waterfall freezes and the visitors can admire the amazing natural ice sculptures.

Why go there?

One of the greatest waterfalls in the world, with a comfortable viewpoint.

Niagara-Photo by Magda Bognar

Photo by Magda Bognar

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5. Visit Banff National Park

Established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains, Banff makes it the oldest Canadian national park. The mountainous area features glaciers, valleys and staggering turquoise lakes, surrounded with the snowy peaks. In winter the visitors are offered to enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, dogsled tours, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, icewalk and helicopter tours.

Why go there?

Admire the unspoiled gorgeous nature as well as the facilities and accommodation provided for the guests and making their trip unforgettable.

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4. Stay in the Town of Banff

While visiting Banff National Park, stay in the town, which is founded in the middle of this fascinating reserve. The town is a popular tourist attraction, providing plenty of picturesque sites and activities, that include climbing, skiing, cycling and more. Banff Avenue is at the heart of the town. It features numerous cafes, restaurants, shops and museums.

Why go there?

The main street features historic architecture, which is interesting to explore. And of course the views are impeccable, creating a very romantic atmosphere.

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3. Spend Christmas in Montreal

One of the most beautiful towns in North America gets lit up for Christmas. Also just about a right amount of snow covers the city thus creating a true winter feeling. Among various events and concerts local stars Cirque du Soleil performs in December, providing an unforgettable program. There are numerous beautiful skating rinks, most of whom are free of charge!

Why go there?

Every Saturday in December Christmas Fireworks entertain the citizens and guests. Also there is plenty of shopping and dining opportunities in this friendly town of Montreal!

Montreal-Photo by Michael Vesia

Photo by Michael Vesia

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Photo by Mathieu Dupuis

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2. Visit Idyllic Quebec

The city turns into a magical Christmas village during the holiday season. Decorated with lights, covered in snow Quebec attracts the locals and guests to spend more time in the city and enjoy the holiday spirit. Christmas markets, concerts and events create the classic holiday you are looking for. Meanwhile Petit Champlain is the most popular and picturesque neighborhood: visitors come here to explore the historical architecture, narrow cobblestone streets and mural paintings.

Why go there?

Even during night in Old Quebec the streets are illuminated with the colorful Christmas lights and it is really nice wandering through the narrow streets. The European-like city pulls off the best winter holiday possible.

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1. Skate in the Rideau Canal

At 7.8 km long this is officially the largest natural skating rink in the world! People use it not only for the entertainment. The canal becomes an additional road: skaters quickly get from one place to another during a rush hour! This is the best mean of transportation ever!

Why go there?

The canal is found in the heart of the city and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meanwhile in winter this is the most exciting thing to do in Ottawa.

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