Things to Do in Canada During the Winter

Things to Do in Canada During the Winter
While some people might complain about Canada's cold winters and frequent snowfall, these conditions make it an ideal vacation destination for winter sport enthusiasts. Most areas offer terrain suitable for all budgets and ability levels. Additionally, Canada has a highly efficient rail system, which makes it easy to explore various parts of the country.

Ski Mont Tremblant

Mont Tremblant, located in eastern Canada, is famous for its distinctly French ambiance. The resort is managed by Intrawest, which also manages Whistler/Blackcomb, Copper Mountain and Steamboat. Aside from its varied terrain and well-designed lift system, visitors to Tremblant can enjoy crepes for breakfast and French cuisine for dinner.

Mont Tremblant Ski Resort
000 Chemin des Voyageurs
Mont-Tremblant, Québec, Canada J8E 1T1
(888) 738-1777

Rideau Canal Skateway

When winter arrives, a 4.8-mile section of the Rideau Canal is cleared and turned into the world's largest skating rink. The canal, located in Central Ottawa, boasts the equivalent surface area of 90 Olympic hockey rinks. The canal connects the city of Ottowa with the city of Kingston. In February, the canal is home to Winterlude, a three-week festival featuring skating races, ice sculpture and entertainment.

Rideau Canal Skateway
90 Wellington St.
Ottawa, Canada
(613) 239-5000

Snowshoe Canada

Snowshoeing is less expensive than downhill skiing. It is also an excellent aerobic workout. If you are traveling to the Alberta region of Canada, you will find snowshoe trails in many of the national parks, which include Thunder Lake, Cold Lake, Queen Elizabeth and Miquelon Lake Provincial parks. In Saskatchewan, Candle Lake Provincial Park has snowshoe trails which range from 3.1 to 17 miles long. If you enjoy snowshoe racing, consider entering the Yeti Snowshoe Series, which takes place at the Grouse Mountain Resort. Grouse Mountain is only one half hour from downtown Vancouver, so it is ideal for anyone wishing to combine an urban vacation with outdoor activities.

The Yeti Snowshoe Series
22970 Billy Brown Road
Langley BC, Canada
V1M 4G3

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is a classically Canadian activity. Depending on where you go, you can find waters filed with perch walleye, northern pike, whitefish and trout. Salmon varieties include coho, sockeye, Chinook and chum. Some people like to rent ice huts to keep their catch cold. If you are not familiar with ice fishing, consider a guided trip. Big Strike Outfitters, located on Tobin Lake, Saskatchewan offers guided trips, lakefront accommodations and a wood-heated ice shack.

Big Strike Outfitters
P.O. Box 494
Carrot River, Saskatchewan SOE OLO
(306) 862-2620

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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