Canada’s winter is harsh and the incidence of snow in many regions is high. While for Canadians this can be a nuisance during this time of year, for tourists, it is an additional reason to visit the country.
Cities are prepared for low temperatures. Indoor environments are heated, which includes public transport and commerce. The houses and hotel rooms also have an electric heating system.
But if the subject is walking, what would be the best winter travel options in Canada? Therefore, we will get to know the most suitable places for tourism and the attractions that must be visited in this beautiful corner of North America.
Winter in Canada: Toronto
The snow season in Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario, usually starts in November, although it is not uncommon for heavy snowfalls to occur in the county. The temperature can vary between 2 ° C and -6 ° C between January and February. However, the thermal sensation can reach -15 ° C or even less.
One of its most visited attractions is the CN Tower, a modern 553-meter high communications tower that is the local postcard. From above, the 360 ° view on snowy days is incredible.
But it is in the famous Nathan Phillips Square where the most fun attraction of the station is. It is an ice skating rink with free entry, which can be accessed by tourists after renting the skates. In the vicinity of the square, there are restaurants, bars, and cafeterias.
Those eager for this sport will find other tracks across Toronto, such as the Harbourfront Center, at 235 Queen’s Quay West, on the shore of Lake Ontario. Overall, the city has about 40 closed and 52 open lanes.
Toronto has a curious peculiarity: it has an underground city. The building, named PATH, is almost 30 km long, with four underground floors and over a thousand establishments.
Among them are shops, restaurants, cinemas, supermarkets, hotels and even shopping centers. Five metro stations connect the place, which is perfect for visiting on snowy days.
Downtown Toronto hosts a winter festival called Icefest, where visitors can enjoy sculptures made of ice. Another popular festival is Beerfest, with approximately 300 beer brands from around the world. Winterlicious involves more than 200 restaurants serving their meals at lower prices.
Canada’s ski resorts
Canada is known for having one of the best structures in the world for skiing or snowboarding. There are countless ski resorts spread across its vast territory. There is no way to name them all, but here are some of the best options for your trip.
The first is in the vicinity of Toronto. Just 80 km away is the Hockey Valley, whose tracks serve all levels of skiers. 155 km away is Mount St. Louis Moonstone Station, with 36 tracks. Blue Mountain, with 42 tracks, is 155 km away.
The city of Whistler, 120 km from Vancouver, in the province of British Columbia, has one of the largest ski resorts in North America: Whistler Blackcomb. There are 200 demarcated circuits with about 3,300 hectares available for the practice of snow sports.
Vancouver is home to small Grouse Mountain, with 33 ski and snowboard trails, 15-night trails and 9 km of snowshoe hiking trails. The station receives around 1.3 million visitors a year.
More than 100 tracks, in addition to other activities for the whole family, are part of the Sunshine Village. Besides that, the town is about 15 minutes from Banff and 90 minutes from Calgary, in the province of Alberta.
Another popular winter destination in Canada is the city of Mont-Tremblant, in the province of Quebec. Morever, the ski resort of the same name is just 139 km from Montreal and about an hour’s flight from Toronto. It has 96 tracks in a total of four mountains.
Other attractions available at Mont-Tremblant are dog sledding, ice skating, tubing and the existence of 30 restaurants and a casino. It is estimated that more than 2 million tourists visit it annually.
Other places to go in Canada’s winter
Winnipeg, the capital of the province of Manitoba, has the largest ice skating rink in the world. The Red River Mutual Trail is almost 10 km long over the Red River. Therefore, it is common for Canadian lakes and rivers to freeze in winter and become public skating rinks. In Winnipeg, the thermal sensation in winter calmly reaches -35 ° C.
The Rideau Canal, which connects the cities of Kingston and the capital Ottawa, has a track that can be 8 km long. It is also used to practice ice hockey, a very traditional sport in the country. You can also find hockey rinks scattered around the cities as if they were soccer fields in Brazil.
The province of Alberta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that deserves to be visited at any time of the year. However, it is in winter that the town gains even more notoriety. This is Banff National Park, located in the city of Banff.
Besides that, according to National Geographic Adventure, this is one of the best ski areas in the world. If skiing is not your forte, then enjoy driving through the park and admiring the stunning snowy landscapes of the Rocky Mountains.
An Icy land
The region is also home to glaciers, ice fields, coniferous forests, alpine landscapes, and wild animals.
However, what about Niagara Falls in Ontario? During the winter in Canada, the waterfalls partially freeze. The vegetation surrounding the falls is all white. A show!
Getting there is easy, as the attraction is just 128 km from Toronto. The temperature in Niagara Falls reaches -30 ° C.
Montreal is another must-see destination during the Canadian winter. The largest municipality in the province of Quebec also has an underground city, as does Toronto.
It is named RÉSO and has 30 km of tunnels and corridors with more than 1,500 stores, 200 restaurants. Also part of the space are museums, cinemas, and shopping centers. All connected by 14 metro stations.
The Aurora Borealis winter Phenom
Finally, how about seeing the Aurora Borealis? Going to Canada in the coldest season of the year and missing out on that chance is a must. The aforementioned Banff National Park is a place that allows you to spot the phenomenon.
In Edmonton, province of Alberta, the so-called Northern Lights (Aurora Polar) can be seen on clear nights without having to move into open spaces. The same goes for Cold Lake, located in the northeast of the province, where the lucky ones don’t even have to leave the city to see the lights.
Meanwhile, Churchill, in Manitoba, is one of the top three places in the world to see the Northern Lights between January and March. As well as Waskesiu-Prince Albert National Park, which is in the city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan province.
Now that you know the best places to go in Canada’s winter, enjoy and leave your comments here. If you have already visited any of these places, or want to know them, share them with us. And continue to follow our articles about the country.
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