Winter Activities

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Known for long winters and icy temperature, Canada’s snowy season offers visitors the chance to experience some of the country’s most iconic activities. Travelers can expect more than just ski hills and hot chocolates by the fire if they take a page from the locals by packing on the layers and heading outdoors. Here are a just a few ideas on truly Canadian activities to add to a wintertime itinerary:


Ice canoe
Ice canoe in Quebec City

Try your hand at ice canoeing: row the frigid waters and push your canoe atop the frozen ice of the St. Lawrence River for a uniquely Quebecois adventure.

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Storm watch in Tofino

At the oceanfront Wickaninnish Inn, climb into slickers and gumboots and embrace the wind, waves, and wild weather on a walk along Vancouver Island’s long, open beaches. 

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British Columbia Contact
Tracy Long
Media Representative, UK


Skate the Rideau Canal

As the water of The Rideau Canal, in the heart of Ottawa, freezes each winter, it becomes the largest skating rink in the world.

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Ontario Contact
Diane Helinski
UK Media Relations Coordinator


Cross the snowy country by rail

Via Rail’s The Canadian will bring you from Toronto to Vancouver, through the stark white of the prairies and the breathtaking, snow-capped Rocky Mountains.

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VIA Rail
VIA Rail Media Relations


Zipline through snowy mountain terrain

Head to Whistler, Newfoundland’s Marble Mountain, or Quebec’s Mont Tremblant for a winter ziplining experience.

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Newfoundland and Labrador Contact
Ella Heneghan
Overseas Media Relations


Explore the ice roads

Join a tour operator and explore Canada’s ice roads in the Northwest Territories — you can even ride the ice in a limousine!

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Northwest Territories Contact
Julie Warnock
Media Relations


Cheer from the sidelines of a dogsled race

Every year in the Yukon, competitors risk life and limb travelling hundreds of kilometres on dog sleds in some of the most grueling races on earth: The Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race and the infamous Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race.

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Yukon Contact
Jessica Ruffen
Market Manager - Europe/UK


Ice climb
Ice climb a waterfall

In Alberta’s Jasper National Park, strap crampons to your boots and join a guide as you take on towering walls of iridescent blue ice in Mailgne Canyon

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Alberta Contact
Travel Alberta
Media Relations




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