10 Ways to Embrace Canadianity this Winter


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Thoughts of Canada this season may bring you shivers and visions of red noses and chattering teeth. While others may shy away from cold winters, Canadians embrace it. Afterall, the country has many not-to-be-missed outdoor activities and winter festivals.

If you’re up for celebrating winter the “Canadian” way, we’ve compiled the top Canadian activities and festivals from coast to coast. So grab your parka and long johns and explore the winter wonderland that the Great White North has to offer.

1. Winter Festivals

ice fish There are festivals celebrating winter all across the country, from Winterlude in Ottawa to Rendezvous in Whitehorse. You’ll surely realize that summer isn’t the only thing to celebrate after attending one of our favourites:

Carnaval de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec

Carnaval de Quebec is a 17 day celebration of winter. There’s no better way to embrace winter than with night parades and ice sculptures at the Carnaval de Quebec.

High Lights Festival, Montreal, Quebec

Montreal paints the town white every February with one of the largest winter festivals in the world. Montreal en Lumiere is a free outdoor festival that transforms the heart of downtown into  a colorful fiesta full of arts, light and cuisine.

2. Icewine Tasting


Icewine Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Celebrate one of Canada’s most cherished libation this winter at Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Icewine Festival. 26 of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s wineries take part in this annual festival, serving award winning icewine with icewine-inspired culinary creations

3. Ski or Snowboard


Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler, British Columbia

Shred at the most celebrated mountain resorts in North America at Whistler Blackcomb. The thousands of acres of vast and varied terrain at Whistler Blackcomb has earned the resort a reputation as a top ski and snowboard resort.

4. Ice Climb

ice climb

Canadian Rockies, Alberta

Strap on your crampons and reach for the summit in the Canadian Rockies. With icefalls glaciers and ice walls, the Canadian Rockies have some of the best ice climbs in the world.

5. Skate

ice skating

Rideau Canal, Ottawa, Ontario

Lace up your skates and join Canadian locals gliding along the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site freezes from January to February and promises winter fun.

6. Dog Sled

View from the dog sled

Canadian Rockies

Dog sledding is such a popular Canadian winter activity that you can actually go mushing in any of the 13 provinces/territories. The Canadian Rockies are often described as the perfect scenery for a dog sled tour.

7. Hot Springs


Takhini Hot Pools, Whitehorse, Yukon

Take a break from your winter gear and warm up in the Takhini Hot Pools. In a place where temperatures regularly drop below 30 degree celsius, wet hair will freeze within minutes. Making a sport of it, Takhini hosts an annual hair freezing contest offering a cash prize for the best photo.

8. Snowshoe


Gros Morne, Newfoundland

Snowshoeing is a quintessential Canadian activity. Venture through the park and reward yourself with a picturesque view of the Long Range Mountains. You may even be lucky enough to meet a furry friend, as moose and caribou are commonly sighted.

9. Ice Fish

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Lake of the Woods, Ontario/Manitoba

Fishing action heats up in Canada as the temperatures drop. Step out into the frozen lake, drill a hole through the ice, and drop your fishing line in anticipation of catching a prize. Lake of the Woods is a prime ice fishing spot with over 65,000 miles of shoreline and a variety of fish species.

10. Watch the Northern Lights

northern lights Photo Credit: Peupleloup/Flickr

Whitehorse, Churchill, Fort McMurray, Yellowknife

Experience the unearthly colours dancing in the sky. With the right conditions, you’re likely to see the northern lights in Northern Canada. The show is one that needs to be seen to be believed.


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