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21 Best Places to Visit in Canada in Winter

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Looking for the best places to visit in Canada in winter? We got you covered. From snow capped mountain getaways, world class ski resorts to Christmas markets and Ice & Lights events, a winter break in Canada is a must add to your travel bucket list. 

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In this post, we will share some of the top picks for winter destinations in Canada, sorted by provinces in alphabetical order! Happy Reading.

21 Best places to visit in Canada in winter

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In a hurry? Here is a quick list of amazing winter destinations in Canada for a getaway (from mountains, and cities to snowy activities)

  • Banff National Park, AB
  • Calgary, AB
  • Edmonton, AB
  • Jasper National Park. AB
  • Lake Louise, AB
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Squamish, BC
  • Victoria, BC
  • Whistler, BC
  • Churchill, MN
  • Halifax, NS
  • Great Lakes, ON
  • Niagara Falls, ON
  • Blue Mountain, ON
  • Parc de la Gatineau, ON
  • Charlottetown, PEI
  • Montreal, QC
  • Mont Tremblant, QC
  • Trois-Rivières, QC

The winter months in Canada are from December to February. January is the coldest month, and this is the best time for winter sports-related activities. Festive events are held from mid-December to early January.

Many ice festivals take place from January to the first weeks of February. Ice fishing season starts in February.

Pyramid Lake Island Jasper

Depending on your travel destination, you may experience winter/snowy landscapes during the months of March and April as well. In places like Lake Louise and Whistler, spring skiing is also possible.

What to wear in Canada in winter clothing for Canada

There are some winter essentials to pack for Canada.  

  • Winter Parka : Pack and carry a warm parka jacket to enjoy the winters outside in Canada. Here is my favorite jacket from The North Face. It has a good length and is super warm. Click to view this winter jacket.
  • Base Layers: Highly recommend that you layer on it! Wear long johns or base layers (top and bottom), to stay warm and toasty. Click to view my favorite pair bottom here , and top here
  • Winter Boots: These are an absolute must! Wear warm boots that come with a good grip. Buy my favorite pair here
  • Add cleats for when you go exploring snow-covered canyons, or waterfalls. Click to buy here
  • Warm Beanie : Wear something in bright colors for a contrasting look to the white background. I am loving these from Amazon
  • Also pack: Warm socks , warm gloves , pretty scarf

1. Banff National Park

Banff Downtown

Banff National Park is one of the best places to visit in Canada in winter. Enjoy the stunning Canadian Rockies, sprinkled with snow dust and a beautiful winter wonderland.

One of the amazing things to do in the winter in Banff is to head to the Sulphur Sightseeing Gondola and soak in views of the mountains.  On certain nights, Banff Gondola also organizes a stargazing event, along with Christmas celebrations.  

There are tons of seasonal activities held here in the winter, from Christmas on Mountain Top to the Santa Claus parade and other leisurely activities.

Planning the perfect Christmas in Banff

For those looking for winter sports, Banff welcomes you with natural and man-made ice rinks, cross country skiing, and snowboarding, all with amazing mountain backdrops.

Mount Norquay and Banff Sunshine Village are great options for skiing in the mountains. 

Winter is also amazing for Banff hiking and ice walks. Although not all trails will be open (like it’s open in the summer months), winter hiking on selected trails is possible. Always ensure you are taking a guide on winter hikes if this is your first time. 

Johnston Canyon in winter girl hiking

Romantic winter activities from fairytale castle staycations, horse sleigh rides to fancy dining, Banff has it all for a winter holiday! Be sure to wear warm clothes, as it can be pretty windy in Banff on the mountaintop.

  • Tours : Ice climbing activities at the Johnston Canyon
  • Accommodation in Banff : Fairmont Banff Springs (5-star hotel) | Elk and Avenue Banff (3+ star)

2. Calgary  

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One of the prettiest cities in Canada to visit in winter is Calgary. Calgary is usually the first stop for those travelers heading to Banff from overseas or out of province. 

The majority of the city attractions are open in the winter in Calgary . Ensure you visit the Calgary Tower observation platform to soak in the views of the snow-covered cityscape.

Calgary Tower Glass floor in winter

Tons of festive concerts, markets, and restaurants menu pop up to keep you delighted throughout the stay.

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During this time, you must visit museums like the Glenbow Art Museum, and Fort Calgary Park to name a few. This is also a good time to shop at various retail locations in Calgary, which are normally filled with Holiday decorations and sales. 

Find how to spend a day in Calgary here

If you are into outdoor activities, include a trip to the Olympics Park and enjoy winter activities at the world-class facility. Another option is the Fish Creek Provincial Park. You can go cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing here. 

  • Accommodation : Stay in downtown Calgary, our favorites: Fairmont Palliser | Le Germain Calgary

3. Edmonton 

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Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta, and it has been our home for the past 7+ years. In the winter Edmonton beams with amazing activities from Xmas markets to ice castles and light festivals!

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Our absolute favorite is the Ice Castles festival which takes place from late December to early February (ice castles are canceled for 2020, likely to return in 2023/4). 

You can also venture into nearby places like Saint Albert, Devon, and Sherwood Park for more winter fests!

Saint Albert Christmas Glow celebrations

The city is filled with other festivals too like the amazing Luminaria Lights festival, where the Botanical Gardens are decorated with festive lights for two days.

Devonian Gardens Edmonton winter

Not too far from Edmonton is the Elk Island National Park, where you can chase the Northern Lights in the winter, or go snowshoeing.

We love to take a walk at the Legislature Grounds in the winter, as it lights up for Christmas festivities. Shopping is huge in Edmonton too. Here you can shop at the largest indoor shopping mall in the country – West Edmonton Mall.

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The Riverside Bistro ( Courtyard by Marriott in Downtown Edmonton) sets up winter igloos for you to dine in. We had a great time, cozying with our loved ones in an igloo, overlooking the river valley.

  • Where to stay in Edmonton : Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton | The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

4. Jasper National Park

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Jasper is a winter wonderland! Being the largest park in the Canadian Rockies, there is no dearth of things to do in Jasper National Park. 

When you visit Jasper in the winter , you’ll find yourself immersed in a wonderland of outdoor activities. Skiing snowboarding, snowshoeing, and skating are just a few of the exhilarating options available to you. Ice fishing is also possible in Jasper. 

Marmot Ski Resort is where you can enjoy the lovely powder (till early spring months). 

Marmot Ski Basin Alberta

The park also offers a variety of winter activities, such as dog sledding, ice climbing, and snowshoeing. You can go ice climbing at the Maligne Canyon, or snowshoe by Sunwapta Falls. These falls look heavenly in the winter!

Winter Sunwapta Falls

The Pyramid Lake area is perfect for easy-to-moderate winter hikes and walks. You can also stay in the resort and admire the winter landscape from the comfort of your suite!

Speaking of comfort and luxurious interiors, Fairmont Jasper Lodge is an amazing spot to book a winter staycation. They have special festive getaways in the month of December that you can enjoy with your friends and family.

There is a spa on-site, restaurants as well as a frozen pond!

Fairmont Jasper Lodge in winter

Jasper Town is also very adorable. You will find everything from fast food joints, to breweries and shopping on the main street!

Wildlife in Jasper National Park Icefields Parkway Drive

But that’s not all! Jasper National Park is also renowned for its abundant wildlife sightings during the winter months. As you explore the park, keep your eyes peeled for the magnificent bighorn sheep, graceful elk, and majestic moose. These encounters with nature will add an extra layer of excitement to your visit.

With its breathtaking icefalls, frozen lakes, and stunning mountain views, it’s no surprise that Jasper ranks high on any traveler’s bucket list.

  • Tours : Icewalk at Maligne Canyon
  • Hotels : Pyramid Lake Resort | Fairmont Jasper Lodge
  • Resources : Where to stay in Jasper National Park

5. Lake Louise

Frozen lake louise winter

Located inside the Banff National Park are the turquoise blue waters of Lake Lousie. During winter , the frozen lake is like a little town in itself. You can ice skate in the natural rink, against the mountain backdrop. 

Located close by is the famous Chateau Lake Louise hotel – stay here for stunning winter views from your suite. There are ice skating rentals and an indoor rink at the chateau.

Winter Lake Louise strolls

Or stay warm and cozy by booking an afternoon tea seating!

You can also hop on a shuttle to head to the Lake Louise Ski Resort from here! Book a skiing lesson in Lake Louise

Ice Magic festival Lake Louise

In January, Lake Lousie hosts the ice sculpture festival. Called the Ice Magic Festival, it delights visitors every year. This event is free to enter and enjoy. 

If you are planning to embark on a road trip to enjoy the Canadian Rockies , including Lake Lousie, ensure you check the weather forecasts/road conditions before travel. Always add car insurance for the duration of your trip.

  • Day tour to Lake Louise from Banff : Book a day tour to Lake Louise from Banff
  • Stay at: Lake Louise Inn | Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

BRITISH COLUMBIA

6. vancouver .

Vancouver in Winter

Vancouver is one of the best places to visit in Canada in winter for those who love ‘not a lot of snow’. Considered one of the warmer places for Christmas breaks, Vancouver glows with festive colors and lights all winter long.

There are many Christmas lights events held across the city, and our absolute favorite is the lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park . The park looks like pretty postcard-like lights shining in the middle of the woods. 

The Capilano suspension bridge in Vancouver, Canada is lighted up for Christmas

Enjoy ice skating at the Robson Square Ice Rink . This is seasonally operated and open for visitors. Or head to the St. Paul’s Foundation’s Lights of Hope, where you can soak in the festive glow with over 100,000 bright lights, and shining stars.

As the weather is not very cold, you can wander Downtown Vancouver with hot chocolate in your hand, while you enjoy the urban jungle, 5-star hotels, waterfront areas, and art museums. Highly recommend adding a food tour in Gastown.

You can also enjoy a day full of skiing activities by taking a day trip to the Grouse Mountains. It hosts the 24 Hours of Winter event, where the slopes are open from sunrise to sunset.

Read: Our complete guide to things to do in Vancouver in winter

  • Hotels in Vancouver: Stay in the downtown area at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel (5-star) | Apartments in Downtown Vancouver

7. Squamish 

By Eden from Rock a Little Travel

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One of the most beautiful places to visit in Canada in Winter is Squamish, British Columbia. The town of Squamish is located along the Sea to Sky Highway about halfway between Vancouver and Whistler. 

It is situated next to the mountains, the Squamish River, and Howe Sound, creating an abundance of outdoor adventure opportunities for winter visitors. 

One of the most popular things to do in Squamish in winter is to visit the Sea to Sky Gondola.

Once at the top, you’ll be greeted with stunning views of Howe Sound and the snow-capped mountains off in the distance. The surrounding trails are perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 

Squamish is also a popular winter destination for backcountry skiing, sledding, zip lining, rock climbing, and snowmobiling. 

For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, Squamish is known as a prime area for Bald Eagle viewing. The Bald Eagles return to the area each November and can often be seen flying around near the Squamish River. 

Head to Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park for your best chance at spotting the Bald Eagles. 

If you’re looking for a hotel in the area, we recommend the Howe Sound Inn located in downtown Squamish. The hotel is located just upstairs from Howe Sound Brewing, which has a fantastic restaurant and makes an excellent place to end your day. 

  • Accommodation in Squamish : Howe Sound Inn

8. Victoria

By Marcie from Marcie in Mommyland

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Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria is one of the cutest little winter wonderland towns, especially during the holidays. The European-inspired city is all dressed up with Christmas lights and decorations. 

While many people flock to The Butchart Gardens during the warmer months, they are pretty awesome during the winter. They host a Magic of Christmas event with more lights than you can ever imagine plus an outdoor skating rink. 

Around town, you can take the Hop On Hop Off tour or hitch a ride in a horse drawn carriage for a romantic ride through the festive streets.

The Royal BC Museum is a great place to explore on cold days and Father Christmas himself even makes appearances. They also have an impressive lineup of IMAX films running all day long. 

When it’s time to warm up, head to Floyd’s diner for some amazing hot chocolate and tasty diner food. Or head up to the Dutch Bakery to fill your tummy with delectable treats, including traditional gingerbread cookies! 

Of course, there’s no better place to stay at Christmas in Victoria BC than the iconic Fairmont Empress hotel. They have one of the most gorgeous lobbies decorated for Christmas and they host some amazing high tea events. Victoria makes an awesome winter weekend getaway in British Columbia!

Read : One day in Victoria BC itinerary | Afternoon tea in Victoria

  • Tours : Butchart Gardens and Christmas tour
  • Hotels : Fairmont Empress hotel

9. Whistler  

By Rachel from A City Girl Outside

Snowmobiling in Whistler Canada winters

Whistler is the skiing capital of North America and one of the most perfect places to visit during the winter season. But there is far more to this skiing resort town.

Snowmobiling has been one of the most exhilarating activities that you must do, outside of the Whistler Blackcomb resort, and something you definitely need to try once in your life! 

Snowmobiling tours are offered through Canadian Wilderness Adventures, and they offer tours for different skill levels, including families! You can choose to share a snowmobile with a friend and take turns or for an extra fee, have individual snowmobiles.

The guides at Canadian Wilderness are fantastic and will have you trying new things in no time. You don’t need to worry about having the right attire, Canadian Wilderness supply helmets, and boots for the ride!

Tours can be booked online through the Canadian Wilderness website or you can visit their kiosk downstairs in the Carlton Lodge.

For exceptional rooms and service during your stay in Whistler, the Fairmont Chateau is one of Whistler’s most prestigious hotels and one of the resort’s only ski-in-ski-out hotels.

With stunning views of Blackcomb Mountain, a spa, and several dining options, the Fairmont has everything you’d need to complete your winter trip to Whistler .  Book your stay here!

  • Tours : Whistler Spectacular Glacier Tour by Seaplane
  • Hotels in Whistler: Fairmont Chateau Whistler | Delta Whistler Village Suites

10. Churchill 

Polar bear in Churchill

Churchill is a small town located in the province of Manitoba. It is widely known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World”. Yes, this is where cute polar bears await you for winter fun. 

Churchill is located on the shores of Hudson Bay and is home to polar bears, beluga whales, and a variety of birds. It is like a winter wonderland like no other.

In the lap of nature, and far north, Churchill is one of those places in Canada where you can witness wilderness and beat winter blues by chasing green dancing lights aka Aurora Borealis. 

Plan a trip to Churchill for an amazing winter break for wildlife and nature lovers. To get to Churchill, you can fly to Winnipeg, and then travel there. Another option is to take the Winnipeg–Churchill semi-weekly train. 

NOVA SCOTIA

11. halifax.

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Winters in Halifax are long. But it is a good thing as due to snow and ice you can indulge in winter activities. 

Tobogganing on Citadel Hill is very popular, and so is ice skating at the Emera Oval. Winter activities range from skiing, winter hiking, sledding, and ice tubing in various parks across the city.  And attending all the lights festivals is a must. 

The Atlantic Fashion Week Pop-Up Christmas Market pulls tourists for festive souvenirs and culinary delight. You can also visit the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market for local produce and baked goods.

If you prefer indoor festivities, head to the Student Art Gallery, and the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame for seasonal events, while you stay warm and toasty inside.

Another option is to head to Sugar Moon Farm to enjoy our maple syrup and a comfortable winter meal. 

Winter in Halifax lasts till February, and if you are visiting during this time, don’t forget to attend the Festival of Whisky. 

  • Hotels: The Inn at Fisherman’s Cove | Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

12. Great Lakes

By Slavka from On2Continents.com

Frozen Lake Erie Canada winter destinations

Canada is charming in winter. No wonder it’s called the True North. Frozen Great Lakes add to the country’s winter charm.

If you get a chance to get to one of the large lakes in winter, you’ll be surprised by how different they look. Summer lake beaches are fun, but the frozen beauty of glittering snow and ice on the lake on a sunny day is unforgettable.

The best places for trips to frozen lakes are small towns along the shore such as Port Stanley on Lake Erie or Grand Bend on Lake Huron. Lakes are frozen solid many metres from the beach, and you’ll see people walking toward the open space.

The weather conditions for walking on frozen lakes are best in February and early March after several weeks of frost or cold snaps.

Before you set out, make sure you choose a sunny day with no wind. Wind can ruin your day more than the grey sky. Also, be sure to wear layers of winter clothing, a warm hat, mittens, good boots, and sunglasses.

And don’t forget your camera because you sure will want to snap the winter fairy tale landscape.

After a nice fresh walk on the magical glistening landscape, it’s a good idea to warm up in a cozy coffee shop. A cup of hot chocolate will be a perfect touch for a nice winter lake trip. 

Read: More places to visit in Ontario in winter

13. Niagara Falls

The Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls taken from above on the Canadian side.

If you have visited Niagara Falls in the summer, you must re-visit in the winter to see how stunning the falls look in a Narnia-like scenario. Although many of the attractions like the boat tours are closed, the falls and observation platform for viewing are open. 

Take a walk along the pathway by the side of the falls and enjoy the mighty falls glittering in white snow. It is common to see ice formations in and around the falls and the cliffs. 

Close to Christmas and New Year, you can expect fireworks and festive lights over the Falls. The Skylon Tower on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls is open during winter and you can book a ticket to soak in the white-washed falls. 

For most of the winter, Niagara Falls is not super crowded, but on Christmas Eve or New Years’ Eve finding affordable hotels might be a challenge , so reserve your stay early. 

Every January, Niagara hosts the Ice Wine Festival, which is a wine-tasting event.

  • Tours : Niagara Falls Day Tour with Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Hotels: Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls

14. Toronto  

Toronto in winter

Toronto is one of the best places to visit in Canada in winter. Toronto gets a lot of snow, and the entire city is lit with festive lights and decorations. And truly the city is never dull at any time of the year.

Festive activities begin at the historic Distillery District. This is where the Christmas Market is set up. Wander through the markets and sip in hot cocoa while you shop for souvenirs and Christmas ornaments. 

Toronto Light Festival is a must-visit, here the annual lights fest will leave you spellbound and in the festive spirit.  Guide to exploring Toronto in a day

For winter sports, enjoy skating and live music at the epic Nathan Phillips Square . This is where the City Hall is located too. 

The waterfront is one of our favorite spots in the city, whether summer or winter. There are festive decorations and stalls at the waterfront. At the Harbourfront Centre, you can also enjoy skating on a natural ice rink, whilst soaking in the city views.

For those looking for an indoor winter experience, ensure you visit museums and theatre halls for concerts and the Christmas choir. Casa Loma is an amazing place to visit this time – stay inside, take a tour of the castle, and take photos with Santa Claus.

Another item to add is the CN Tower, which is open in the winter for festive dinners (at the revolving restaurant) and the viewing platform to admire the waterfront and Downtown Toronto from up above. 

  • Tours : Best of Toronto City Tour | Food walking tour
  • Hotels : Book hotels in Toronto here!

15. Blue Mountain Resort

By Manpreet from YourVeganAdventure.com

Blue Mountain Village in winter with mountain background

The Blue Mountain Resort is located within driving distance from Toronto and although it is an amazing place to visit all year round, winter is when it becomes magical.

Once the winter season starts, the ski lifts begin operating and work all day taking guests up to the top of the slopes. However, there is more to Blue Mountain than just skiing in the winter. The wood view mountain top becomes home to an 1100m ice rink loop, with stunning views over the Niagara Escarpment. 

Ice skates can be rented for $6, and you are allowed to take your own to be more comfortable. The other popular activity is hiking through the many trails with snowshoes.

Again with views of the Escarpment, the resort provides free hiking tours on this quiet tranquil route through nature and sees a completely different side of Blue Mountain. 

Oh, and if you feel tired at the top, you can get a tube to slide your way back to the ground!

Blue Mountain truly is a resort, with plenty of eateries and hotels on site. You can spend a few nights there without having to drive anywhere outside of the area. 

The hotels on-site are the Village Suites, the Resort Inn , and the 5* luxury Westin Hotel . No matter what your budget is, there is something for you.

Traveling by road is highly recommended and there is plenty of free parking at all the accommodations so there is no stress on that front. The restaurants within the resort cater to all taste buds, ranging from a coffee shop bakery to a dine-in Japanese experience. 

  • Where to stay : Village Suites | The Resort Inn | Westin Hotel

16 . Ottawa  

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Ottawa is Canada’s capital city, and it is one of the must visit places in the winter. Do visit the Parliament building and admire all the festive lights lit for Christmas and New Year. 

Ottawa is home to the world’s longest natural ice rink aka the Rideau Canal – UNESCO World Heritage Site. The frozen Rideau Canal Skateway awaits you, so get ready to enjoy a fun filled day with friends and family. This is one of the most popular attractions in the winter in Ottawa. 

As with most Canadian cities, festive lights are common and Ottawa is no different. All of Ottawa is decorated with thousands of lights.

  • Tours : Hop-On Hop-Off Guided City Tour Day Ticket
  • Hotels : Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa City Centre

17. Parc de la Gatineau

By Chris from Punta Cana Travel Blog

Parc de la Gatineau in winter

Even though Canada is one of the most amazing countries in the world for downhill skiing, there are also other activities to do in winter, such as hiking or snowshoeing. 

A place easily accessible from one of the main cities in Canada is Parc de la Gatineau very close to Ottawa. It’s less than a 30-minute drive from Ottawa downtown and it’s impressive how quickly you can enter a snowy winter wonderland with nothing more than just 100% nature around you. 

The three main lakes of the park, Lac Meech,  Lac Phillipe , and Lac Mousseau, are adding their share to this beautiful and idyllic scenery.

The main winter activities at Parc de la Gatineau with more than 150km of trails are hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. All trails are divided into separate categories (easy, medium, and difficult) and are marked on a big comprehensive map which makes it easy to get around in the park. 

The idyllic setting and the gorgeous views of the lakes and the Ottawa Valley are making any activity here very pleasant on a sunny winter day. One of the possible trails with some steep inclines and three viewpoints on the way is the Wolf Trail, which we did last winter.

When visiting Parc de la Gatineau, we recommend staying right in Ottawa as is it so close, which means you can enjoy the advantages and attractions of Canada’s capital as well.

If you would like to splurge a bit, Andaz Ottawa Byward Market is a great pick and if you are looking for a more affordable downtown option, The Carleton Suite Hotel is your place to go.

  • Hotel: The Carleton Suite Hotel | Andaz Ottawa Byward Market

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

18. charlottetown.

Charlottetown in winter

The capital city of PEI/Prince Edward Island – Charlottetown is one of the unique places to visit in Canada in the winter. This winter getaway is perfect for both indoor and outdoor activities from fine dining, skating, and cross skiing to children’s festivals.

The small city has the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy.

canada tour winter

Firstly, warm up with a hot drink from one of the city’s cafes in the downtown area. Then head outdoors and skate at the Founder’s Hall Rink is one of the popular places to hang out in Charlottetown.

Another option to enjoy winter fun is at Victoria Park. Activities include cross-country skiing, outdoor winter yoga, and snowshoeing. 

Winter festivals in Charlottetown include something for everybody from the young and the old. Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest for young adults, Winterdine for foodie lovers, and Festival of Lights – for everybody.  

  • Tours: Day tour to Green Gables
  • Hotels: Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward | The Arts Hotel

QUEBEC 

19. montreal .

Montreal winter skating

The stunning city of Montreal is even more amazing in the winter. From staying at an Ice hotel, and listening to Christmas carols at Notre Dame to enjoying underground shopping, Montreal welcomes you to a fun-filled winter getaway. 

Ice Hotel in Montreal is a special hotel, which gets built each year (depending on winter conditions). It is open from January to late March/early April. Visitors can wander through the hotel, enjoy a drink or two at the Ice Bar, and can also book a room to stay for the night. 

For those visiting on Christmas Eve, visit the Notre Dame Basilica in Old Montreal and chime in the carols. Old Montreal, especially the port area is filled with festivities and markets to warm your heart.

Montreal in winter

Marché de Noël is a popular event in Montreal, where you can shop for traditional foods, handcrafted items – ornaments and souvenirs, etc. 

Montréal’s Christmas Village is held every year in the winter, starting in late November to early January. This winter/Christmas village is home to 50 cottages filled with bakeries, cafes, and stores selling souvenirs, and local produce. Santa Claus is also present to welcome the kids. 

If you prefer a German Christmas Market, head to the Weinachtsmarkt. This market ambiance will teleport you to Europe. Shop handmade Christmas goodies, eat sausages, sauerkraut, and sip mulled wine, while you wander the market. 

  • Tours : Christmas Brunch Cruise | Small Group Night Sightseeing Tour
  • Hotels : Hotel 10 | Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

20. Mont Tremblant

By Danni from Danni In The Desert

Mont Tremblant in Winter

This beautiful little village is located in Quebec, Mont Tremblant was built especially for tourists who want a European resort-style ski experience with hotels, shops, restaurants, and more! 

They offer a range of slopes from beginning to advanced along with ski instructors for those who are novices or wish to improve their technique. Don’t have any ski gear? Not to worry! Everything can be hired from their ski shop!

Once you’ve finished skiing, you’ve got lots of ways to unwind with a wide range of restaurants and hotels serving an array of food and beverages. 

One of the best spots for food and drink is close to the village resort called Hotel Quintessence . Their fine dining bistro has stunning views over Lake Tremblant or lounge in their pretty cool cellar style bar.

If you’re not wanting to go too far from the action of the slopes, within the village there is everything from pizza to poutine!

Similar to the restaurants, there is a wide range of hotels available close by. Everything from hostels to 5-star boutique hotels. Despite being a skiing resort, one of the best parts of it is possible to experience skiing whatever your budget!

Another must is to check out the spas! Depending on your budget, the more budget-friendly option is the Aqua club in the middle of Tremblant Village. You can enjoy sitting in a outdoor warm jacuzzi with skiers whizzing by.

If you’re wanting the full luxury option, there are several spas in the surrounding areas offering various packages for a fully relaxing experience.

  • Accommodation at : Hotel Quintessence , or Homewood Suites Hotel

21. Trois-Rivières (Ice Trails & Winter Hiking)

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Quebec is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a winter destination in Canada. While Quebec is known for its skiing, it’s also a fantastic destination for ice skating trails and winter hiking.

Domaine Enchanteur is a skating trail that winds its way through a forest only 20 minutes away from Trois-Rivières. With 15 km (9.3 miles) of trails to explore, it’s easy to spend a couple of hours here. This is not your typical ice rink experience.

Trails here take you to secluded parts of the forest and by different animals on the farm like alpacas and emus. Along the trails, there are also warming rooms and places to buy hot chocolate.

After skating, take a scenic drive toward La Mauricie National Park. The drive here feels more like you are driving through snowy European towns with cute villages that dot the sides of the Saint Maurice River. 

At La Mauricie, there are several options for exploring the park during winter. The service centre at Rivière à la Pêche offers up equipment rentals of snowshoes, cross-country skis, and crampons for hiking.

Hiking through the forest here is a magical experience. With deep snow drifts, and views from up on cliffs to the river below, this is the perfect winter activity.

This trip can be done as a day trip from Montreal , Quebec City, or Trois-Rivières. To immerse yourself in this winter wonderland you can rent a cabin at La Mauricie National Park. If you want a bit more luxury than that, check out Hotel Oui Go in Trois-Rivières.

  • Hotel : Hotel Oui Go in Trois-Rivières

Final Thoughts on Canada Winter Destinations & Travel Inspiration

Canada is a great destination to spend your winter holidays. Yes, it is cold, but it is also the perfect place to enjoy this season – bring out your winter jackets, lace-up warm boots, put on a pretty beanie/torque, and welcome the snow with wide open arms!

We hope you enjoy spending winters here, as much as we do!

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Mayuri Kashyap is an Indian Canadian traveler, writer and photographer based in Alberta. She moved to Toronto as a student in 2009, and has been calling Canada home ever since. She started the blog - Canada Crossroads - to share her travel and living experiences in the Great White North!

A History graduate and an MBA, Mayuri is a destinations marketing expert. She loves traveling with her husband, Salil and soaking in experiences across Canada, India and Europe.

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I’m usually against traveling in the cold, but omg, these photos make it look worth hit! It really looks and sounds incredible. Pinning for later!

It’s so hard finding things to do in the winter; this is a great list of fun things to get out of the house and explore!

I can’t decide which to do first! Great article that will help me and my family plan our next trip.

I would love to visit Banff National Park in winter. It looks so beautiful, just like a fairy tale. I have actually been to Toronto in December in a layover, and I’ve seen it cover in snow. So pretty!

Lots of great places you’ve listed, sadly I’ve only been to the ones in Ontario!

I’ve only ever visited Canada in the winter time and I’ve loved every single visit! I think there’s something magical about the snow and the beautiful scenery. Thanks for this list, there are still quite a few places I haven’t visited.

I’m in Vancouver and can vouch for all the BC places on this list. It’s a great place for winter, and not too cold. I’d love to visit Churchill though and see the Polar Bears and I do really like the Rockies. Great list

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

Omg it looks so cold! My family used to go to Niagara Falls every year around Christmas — it was a really great time to see the falls with fewer tourists!

Winter is a great time to visit Niagara Falls!

Love all these winter Canadian ideas! Sadly I’m Canadian and haven’t done any of them. I need to get on it soon!

Oh! you must visit, they are beautiful!

I want to go to Banff so bad!! I also love Toronto in the winter. I would enjoy seeing Montreal in the wintertime when there are Christmas markets.

You will LOVE Banff, we visit every winter 🙂

These are all amazing ideas! Canada sounds magical in the winter!!! I’d love to see the ice sculptures and Banff and Nova Scotia where my grandpas family was from!

Yay! Glad you like it!

An amazing capture of the winter wonderland that is Canada. I would love to see Alberta in the winter

We love exploring our province in the winter – it is stunning!

Also a cool idea on just sitting down and doing a bit of people watching, I can imagine that with the amount of people living in Canada there really is a mix of cultures and styles.

I haven’t been to Canada in about 2 decades but Banff is superrrr high up on my travel bucket list! Can’t wait til it’s safer to travel again! <3

Beautiful images. Now I am more excited to visit Canada this Christmas. Thank you for sharing some amazing places to visit in Canada

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Discover niagara falls usa & canada, take a journey behind niagara falls, catch the view from the skylon tower, see niagara falls from the best viewing points, walk through the oldest state park in america, niagara falls canadian and american deluxe combo winter tour.

Duration:   5–6 Hours Tour Times:   Late Morning – Daily Availability:   December 6 – March 31 *Click Here For In-Season Availability

The Canadian & American Deluxe Combo Winter Tour of Niagara Falls features a variety of spectacular views and fun-filled activities. You’ll take a  Journey Behind The Falls , climb up the  Skylon Tower,  view the Niagara River Gorge,  see the glistening Ice Formations at Niagara Falls and so much more!

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  • 5 to 6 hour sightseeing tour of both  Niagara Falls, U.S.A and Niagara Falls, Canada
  • Explore the adventurous Journey Behind the Falls
  • Get fantastic aerial views from atop the Skylon Tower
  • See the class 5 rapids at the  Niagara River Gorge
  • Marvel at several falls including Horseshoe Falls , American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls
  • Visit the oldest state park in the U.S.A –  Niagara Falls State Park
  • Learn the rich history of Niagara Falls at the World Changed Here Pavilion
  • View spectacular, glistening Ice Formations at Niagara Falls , including the naturally formed Ice Bridge (weather permitting)
  • View the colorful Winter Festival of Lights (November – January)
  • All attraction fees, admission fees, tolls, bridge tolls, hotel pickup and drop-off are included with the Canadian & American Deluxe Combo Winter Tour

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The Canadian & American Deluxe Combo Winter Tour is the best way to experience Niagara Falls in the Winter.

A comprehensive tour of both Niagara Falls USA and Canada , you’ll get to see the spectacular 12,000 year old natural world wonder, Niagara Falls turn to a winter wonderland as the 750,000 Gallons per second that flows over the falls begins to freeze. This freezing of Niagara Falls creates beautiful Ice formations that you’ll get to experience up close and personal!

On The Tour

This tour is packed with fun filled activities and interesting facts that our guides will fill you in on throughout your tour. You’ll get to take a breathtaking Journey Behind the Horseshoe Falls , capture views of the falls from the best viewing points and visit the oldest state park in the USA, Niagara Falls State Park . Once you’ve experienced Niagara Falls from the ground you’ll then get to see Niagara Falls from the sky as you scale 520 feet up the Skylon Tower  where you can capture a panoramic view of the Niagara region.  As the sun goes down and as the day comes to an end you’ll get to see the colorful Winter Festival of Light  (available until January 31, 2019).

In addition to the attractions and sites you get to see, you’ll also get to learn all the fun facts of Niagara Falls and hear the incredible stories of Daredevils from times past, who looked to conquer this natural wonder.

The Canadian & American Deluxe Combo Winter Tour is a fan favorite and our professional, licensed and friendly tour guides will help make this day an experience of a lifetime.

We look forward to taking you ‘Over the Falls’!

We encourage all of our guests to bring a  camera  on their tour so that they can capture each moment to share with their friends and family. Also for the best experience possible we recommend bringing  comfortable clothing and walking shoes .

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  • 5 to 6 hour comprehensive guided tour of Niagara falls, USA & Canada
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Niagara Falls area  (not from Toronto or Buffalo)
  • Journey Behind the Falls
  • Skylon Tower
  • Niagara River Gorge
  • Niagara Falls State Park
  • World Changed Here Pavilion
  • View of the Ice Formations at Niagara Falls and Ice Bridge (Weather Permitting)
  • Festival of Lights  (November – January)
  • All Key viewing areas of Niagara Falls (See below for details)
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  • Bonus #2 – 10 Best Kept Secrets To Experience In Niagara Falls

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  • Complimentary pickup service available in Niagara Falls, USA or Niagara Falls Canada.  (central pick up locations are available where you can meet your tour and/or park if needed.)
  • Pickup Times:   Times vary 48 hour confirmation required.

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Passenger(s) have up to 24 hours prior to their scheduled tour time to call and cancel their tour with no penalty incurred. Click here for our cancellation policy .

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In addition, on the “Canadian & American Deluxe Combo Winter Tour” you will visit or view the following ;

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  • American Falls
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The Canadian & American Deluxe Combo Winter Tour of Niagara Falls features a variety of spectacular views and fun-filled activities. You’ll take a  Journey Behind The Falls , climb up the  Skylon Tower,  view the Niagara River Gorge,  see the glistening Ice Formations at Niagara Falls and so much more!   *Passport Required

  • 5-6 Hour Sightseeing Tour of Niagara Falls, USA & Canada
  • See the class 5 rapids at the Niagara River Gorge
  • Marvel at several falls including Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls
  • Visit the oldest state park in the U.S.A – Niagara Falls State Park
  • View spectacular, glistening Ice Formations at Niagara Falls, including the naturally formed Ice Bridge (weather permitting)

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  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Niagara Falls area (not from Toronto or Buffalo)
  • Festival of Lights  (November 17, 2018 – January 31, 2019)

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Pick-up & drop-off.

  • Complimentary pickup & drop-off service available in Niagara Falls, USA or Niagara Falls Canada. (central pick up locations are available where you can meet your tour and/or park if needed.)

What to Expect

On this comprehensive tour of both Niagara Falls USA and Canada , you’ll get to see the spectacular 12,000 year old natural world wonder, Niagara Falls turn to a winter wonderland as the 750,000 Gallons per second that flows over the falls begins to freeze. Due to the freezing of Niagara Falls, you’ll get to experience beautiful Ice Formations that take take shape across the falls and maybe, if it’s cold enough, witness the famous Ice bridge that connects Niagara Falls USA to Niagara Falls Canada!

This tour is packed with fun filled activities and interesting facts that our guides will fill you in on throughout your tour. You’ll get to take a breathtaking Journey Behind the Horseshoe Falls , capture views of the falls from the best viewing points and visit the oldest state park in the USA, Niagara Falls State Park . Once you’ve experienced Niagara Falls from the ground you’ll then get to see Niagara Falls from the sky as you scale 520 feet up the Skylon Tower  where you can capture a panoramic view of the Niagara region. Furthermore, a s the sun goes down and as the day comes to an end you’ll get to see the colorful Winter Festival of Light  (available until January 31, 2019).

As a courtesy we encourage all of our guests to bring a  camera  on their tour so that they can capture each moment to share with their friends and family. Also for the best experience possible we recommend bringing  comfortable clothing and walking shoes .

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Canada is even more beautiful in the ice and snow — there's a certain magic to winter in this country. Imagine gliding through the frozen landscape on a snow train in Canada . Brilliant-white mountain peaks are framed by deep-blue skies. Icy forests of spruce and aspen line the tracks, providing the perfect backdrop for winter train rides.

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When the train stops, you can enjoy sleigh-rides, snowshoeing or simply relaxing by a crackling fire in your lodge. Canada has many things to see and do, from shopping in Toronto or Montreal to taking a guided tour of a glacier at the Columbia Icefield. 

At Canadian Train Vacations , our travel experts use their insider knowledge to create custom winter train vacations for every traveller. Whether you want to relax and enjoy some cozy solitude or experience pulse-pounding outdoor adventures, we can put together a personalized itinerary that suits your every need. Best of all, we can help you find the best add-on excursions, ensuring your trip is everything you dreamed it would be. Discover more in our guide to Winter train trips.

Rockies Rail Winter Wonderland  

Step aboard one of the best snow trains in Canada for a 9-day journey from Vancouver to Banff. You'll see snow-covered evergreens, white-capped mountain peaks and frozen lakes, all from the comfort of your seat. You can even personalize your itinerary by adding a day of skiing or a guided Northern Lights viewing experience. 

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When it comes to Christmas trains, Canada has some of the best travel options—including the Trans Canada by Rail in Winter package. After traveling through the Coast and Cariboo Mountains on a sleeper train, you'll step into the winter wonderland of Jasper. Customize your trip with a private tour of Icefields Parkway. After exploring the Canadian Rockies in Winter, you’ll get back on the sleeper train to travel across the Prairies to Toronto.  

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Canadian Cross Country Journey in Winter  

Experience a sleeper train journey across Canada in the Winter, travelling from Vancouver to Toronto. Enjoy the snowy landscapes as they transform from the towering Rockies to the expanse of the prairies. Visit some of Canada’s most iconic places, including the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, and Stanley Park. Add on to your trip with an excursion to Victoria to see the famous Butchart Gardens, beautiful in every season.  

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VIA Rail has sleeper trains on two of its routes: The Canadian and the Ocean train. The Canadian runs between Vancouver and Toronto, while the Ocean train connects Montreal with Halifax. Some of these trains have panoramic viewing cars, giving you a bird's-eye view of Canada's winter beauty. Ice, snow and animals wearing their winter coats are just a few of the things you'll see along the way. 

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Winter Snow Train

VIA Rail also has several routes that make it easier to attend one of the many festivals and other special events that take place in Canada during the winter months. You'll never forget your first glimpse of frozen Niagara falls, sparkling in the sun and creating mini rainbows as the light reflects off the ice. The Quebec Winter Carnival is also a can't-miss event.

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  • Canada comes alive at this time of year with festivals dedicated to celebrating the magic of the snowy season. 
  • Carnaval du Quebec : Watch the lights twinkle on the ice palace, dance to live music, see the elaborate floats in the night parade, and cheer on the Ice Canoe Race. 
  • Winterlude : One of the biggest events in Ottawa, this is a joyous, bombastic celebration that includes live music, dancing, and an ice-carving competition. 
  • Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival : Every year expert chainsaw-wielding ice carvers gather to hew shimmering works of art from towering 300lb blocks of solid ice. 
  • World Ski & Snowboard Festival : The best skiers and snowboarders come from all over the world to compete in this 10 day festival in the alpine village of Whistler, BC. 

#1 Travel tip: Plan early for the holidays

Thinking about spending Christmas in the Canadian Rockies? Book your trip early as there are only a few train departures and hotels sell out fast.

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  • Rather than hide from the snow and cold, Canadians embrace it by making the frozen wilderness their chilly playground. 
  • Dog Sledding : Glide swiftly across a frozen lake or through a silent, snow-laden forest pulled by a team of strong, beautiful huskies. 
  • Snowshoeing : It's so much easier to explore the remote winter backcountry when you can step nimbly across even the deepest drifts. 
  • Ice Skating : Go for a spin on Lake Louise or wind through the heart of downtown Ottawa on the frozen Rideau Canal. 
  • Hot Springs : Ease yourself slowly into the steamy, sulphur-scented waters of Banff Hot Springs and let your muscles completely relax. 
  • Maple Taffy Making : A quintessential Quebec treat, maple taffy is made with real French Canadian maple syrup, drizzled into a bank of fresh snow. 

Sled dogs run through snowy landscape during daytime

Sled dogs run through snowy landscape during daytime

A group of snowshoers in Lake Louise take in the wintry view which surrounds them

A group of snowshoers in Lake Louise take in the wintry view which surrounds them

A couple ice skate by castle carved out of clear ice on Lake Louise while the sun is shining

A couple ice skate by castle carved out of clear ice on Lake Louise while the sun is shining

A couple in Banff Upper Hot Springs pool during winter

A couple in Banff Upper Hot Springs pool during winter

A couple enjoys sugar shack maple taffy candy at Quebec City’s Winter Carnaval

A couple enjoys sugar shack maple taffy candy at Quebec City’s Winter Carnaval

#2 Travel tip: Keep warm while it snows

If you’re not a fan of cold weather but seeing snow is on your bucket list, a winter train journey is perfect for you. You can view the beautiful landscape while staying warm onboard the train.

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These stunning photos offer just a glimpse of what Canada has to offer travellers during the winter season. 

A couple enjoys a sleigh ride and takes in the snowy landscape around them on a clear day during winter time, A view of Fairmont Banff Springs hotel and surrounding forest after snow, Turquoise river in Athabasca Canyon and rocky landscape covered in white snow, Couple stand on suspension bridge at Lynn Canyon Park with a view of tall trees covered in snow

The winter weather in Canada is actually not as cold as you might think. Here's a quick look at the climate in three regions with very different environments. Looking for a snowy wonderland? You can always count on plenty of snow in the Maritimes, the Prairies and the Rocky Mountains.

Winter in the Rocky Mountains 

Temperatures in the Rockies can drop to -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit). However, due to the dryness of the air, even extreme temperatures feel bearable. The average temperature in Banff National Park during the winter months is around -12 degrees Celsius (10 degrees Fahrenheit). Plus, as long as you are bundled up in boots, a scarf and a toque (that's Canadian for "woolly hat"), you'll be just fine. After all, the locals say, "There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." Keep in mind the weather can change quickly. 

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Winter in Quebec 

The winters in Quebec are freezing and snowy, but that doesn't stop the locals from celebrating with a full calendar of festivals. The coldest months of the year are January and February, when up to 30 inches of snow cover can fall. Weather in Quebec is wetter than on the prairies, which means more storms and a damp kind of cold. Bring a water-and-windproof outer layer and make sure you schedule time in your day to warm up inside by a fire. 

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Winter in the Prairies

Compared to the wet cold and blustery winds of the Maritimes, the climate in the Canadian prairies is very dry—so even as the thermometer dips to low temperatures it doesn't feel as cold. Plus, on many winter days in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the sun will still be out and shining, warming the air and making the newly fallen snow sparkle. One thing to watch out for is that the dry winter air can wreak havoc on your skin. Bring plenty of lip balm and moisturizing lotion.  

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How much is a winter train ride in Canada?

The cost of a winter train vacation depends on several factors, including the length of the trip, the type of accommodations you select and whether you add any extra excursions to your itinerary. Our most popular winter train tours typically cost between $3,180 to $7,050 per person.

Where can you go on a winter train vacation in Canada?

Canada has many options for winter train vacations. Some of the most popular destinations include Quebec and the Rocky Mountains. Many travellers also like to cross the country on a trans-Canadian adventure to see the diverse landscapes changed by the snow and ice.

What is the best place for a winter train holiday?

The best place for a winter train tour is a rail excursion through the Canadian Rockies, home to Jasper and Banff National Parks. The region has something for everyone, from the outdoor enthusiast who wants to go downhill skiing to the avid reader who'd prefer to curl up by the fireplace with a good book.

Is there a Christmas train in Canada?

While Canada doesn't anything specifically called the Christmas train that carries passengers, VIA Rail runs its winter train service through the snowy Rockies throughout the holidays. Christmas is a very popular time to take The Canadian Train that crosses the country. The railway offers an assortment of seasonal meals and activities.

What is the Snow Train in Canada?

The Snow Train is a passage linking Vancouver with Jasper. To experience this magical winter train trip through the Canadian Rockies, ask one of our travel advisors about the Rockies Rail Winter Wonderland trip.

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About the author: Hannah Poaros-McDermott is the Senior Content Coordinator at Fresh Tracks Canada. She has previously written for and shared her local knowledge in Where Vancouver, Where Whistler, and Essential Vancouver magazines. Originally from the UK, Hannah travelled...   Read more

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Extraordinary is an understatement when describing Canada. Unforgettable? You’re getting closer.

The changing colours of forested valleys and national parks, the freeze and flow of glacial lakes, the light and shade of the Rockies’ snow-capped mountains – Canada is North America’s natural masterpiece. Summer is for surfing and whale-watching off Vancouver Island and seeing Lake Louise in all its blue-hued glory. Winter is for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in Alberta and soaking in natural hot springs in British Colombia. Whatever the season, you’ll be able to find friendly locals, First Nations cultures, pristine landscapes and a delicious plate of poutine.

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Culture and customs.

Canada’s aboriginal communities reside across the country, with the people of the First Nations and the Inuit in the north calling parts of Canada home. Like many indigenous peoples around the world, First Nations communities in Canada have an ongoing struggle to retain and protect their customs and way of life. Modern influences have had adverse impacts on their culture and lifestyle, yet many still actively live and promote a traditional way of life through tribal music, handicrafts, art and clothing.

Anyone who has been to Canada will know that some aspects of the Canadian stereotype are actually very accurate. Well known for being welcoming, friendly, funny and adventure-loving, Canadians generally do a good job of living up to their reputation. Large cities like Vancouver are proudly multicultural, and attitudes towards different ways of life are generally quite liberal. This is reflected in the variety of cuisines, shops and people that occupy the city. Urban and rural residents alike typically remain active and love the outdoors. Hiking, cycling, canoeing and snowboarding are all popular pastimes across the country.

Canada’s eastern reaches have a decidedly different quality to the west coast and retain much of their colonial heritage. The French-Canadian language, often called Quebecois, is widely spoken and French-influenced food and music are very popular. Canada’s aboriginal communities reside across the country, with the people of the First Nations and the Inuit in the north calling parts of Canada home. Like many indigenous peoples around the world, First Nations communities in Canada have an ongoing struggle to retain and protect their customs and way of life. Modern influences have had adverse impacts on their culture and lifestyle, yet many still actively live and promote a traditional way of life through tribal music, handicrafts, art and clothing.

Anyone who has been to Canada will know that some aspects of the Canadian stereotype are actually very accurate. Well known for being welcoming, friendly, funny and adventure-loving, Canadians generally do a good job of living up to their reputation. Large cities like Vancouver are proudly multicultural and attitudes towards different ways of life are generally quite liberal. This is reflected in the variety of cuisines, shops and people that occupy the city. Urban and rural residents alike typically remain active and love the outdoors. Hiking, cycling, canoeing and snowboarding are all popular pastimes across the country.

Canada’s eastern reaches have a decidedly different quality to the west coast and retain much of their colonial heritage. The French-Canadian language, often called Quebecois, is widely spoken and French-influenced food and music are very popular.

History and government

The first nations.

It’s widely accepted that humans first settled in the area that is now Canada around 15,000 years ago, after travelling from what is now known as Russian Siberia. Russia and Northern America are thought to have once been connected by a land bridge until rising sea levels created the Bering Strait. Canada’s first inhabitants were likely hunter-gatherers, and it’s also widely agreed that in around 2500 BC, a second major wave of migration from Siberia brought the ancestors of the Inuit to Canada. In around 1000 BC, Thule communities from Alaska began travelling east into the Canadian Arctic.

By the late 15th century (around the time of European colonisation), indigenous communities had spread beyond the Arctic regions to four main areas – the Pacific, the plains (now south-central Canada), the southern Ontario/St Lawrence River area, and the northeast woodlands.

Colonisation

Both France and Britain competed fiercely for Canadian territory as colonists searched for mineral riches before establishing a lucrative fur trade. Many First Nations communities were displaced during this period and suffered from food and land shortages. The Treaty of Paris was signed in 1763 after hundreds of years of fighting, officially making Canada a British territory.

Bringing the territories together

Britain appointed governors across Canada to head up each colony, much to the French-speaking territories’ distress. The British North America Act was passed in 1867 and Canada became a self-governing state with a new set of rules. It was an improvement, but still not accepted by all. The priority was to gather all colonies under this one confederation. The iconic ‘Mounties’ were established to bring law and order to the ‘wild west’, which itself created conflict, especially with threatened First Nations peoples. In 1931 Canada was granted relative independence from the British Empire, giving it full legal autonomy and equal standing with England and other Commonwealth countries.

Independence and First Nations' progress

Canada's indigenous communities struggled through the 20th century and were only granted the right to vote in 1960. As discrimination and land rights tensions grew, a Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples called for a complete overhaul of government relations with the Indigenous population. An official Statement of Reconciliation from the Ministry of Indian and Northern Affairs was issued in 1998, which accepted responsibility for past injustices towards indigenous peoples. To this day, progress is still being made towards proper recognition and reconciliation of indigenous peoples in Canada.

Canada is still a member of the Commonwealth but the British monarch retains a purely ceremonial role. The country continues to flourish, with immigration from Europe and Asia leading to increased multiculturalism – more than 20% of Canada’s population was born overseas – while a resource boom has strengthened the economy. Canada is becoming increasingly known as a liberal, tolerant nation thanks to legalised marijuana use, same-sex marriage, universal health care and some of the most liveable cities in the world.

Top places to visit in Canada

1. canadian rockies.

It’s picture-perfect moments that encapsulate Banff National Park and beyond. Canoe on Lake Louise, take a dog-sledding adventure through Kananaskis Country, learn ice hockey from the pros in Canmore and take a hike or ice walk through Alberta.

There are so many ways to experience the best of the Canadian Rockies. There's our 7 day Classic Canadian Rockies tour , our 8 day Hiking in the Canadian Rockies trek and our specialty November to March 11 day Canadian Rockies & Northern Lights adventure .

2. Jasper National Park

This section of Canada’s wilderness definitely deserves its worldwide acclaim. Discover the seasonal moods of Maligne Lake, hike to the toe of Athabasca glacier, spot a moose or black bear and get a bird’s-eye view from the scenic Skytram.

Enjoy Jasper National Park up close during our 15 day Canadian Rockies and 10 day Grand Canadian Rockies tours .

3. Sun Peaks

For a next-level Canadian experience, travellers in the know head to Sun Peaks. See this neck of the woods as the 18th-century fur traders did with a canoe trip on Lake McGillivray followed by a hearty four-course meal, all in the style of the 'Voyageurs'.

Explore this history-laden area on our 10 day Grand Canadian Rockies tour .

4. Vancouver

With mountain views from downtown and the perfect summers for strolling along the foreshore, Vancouver has the liveable west-coast vibes most cities dream of. Get among the hip bars in Gastown and hike through the parklands, which are rich in First Nations history.

Vancouver is an incredible city and a perfect spot to start a 12 day Real Canada or 15 day Canadian Rockies adventure .

5. Peace River

You can’t just look around to see Canada’s best – you’ve got to look up. After some ice fishing, take your winter adventure up a notch and discover the dazzling natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights in Peace River on our 11 day Canadian Rockies and Northern Lights tour . Build a campfire, eat s’mores and keep your fingers crossed that the lights appear in a clear sky.

6. Nova Scotia

Canada's maritime region should really be as famed as its interior parks and cities. One look at the charming seaside villages, UNESCO World Heritage sites and jaw-dropping landscapes will have you planning your next trip back.

We've picked some of the most memorable locations to visit on our 6 day The Maritimes: Nova Scotia adventure .

7. Newfoundland

A geographic wonderland, the Newfoundland region boasts scenery fit for being the most northeasterly point with maritime mammals, sheer cliffs and the odd iceberg floating by.

Choose between a 7 day Newfoundland Westbound or 7 day Newfoundland Eastbound adventure , but no matter which direction your route takes, the sights will leave you breathless either way.

Eating and drinking

Oh Canada, what a wondrous country of seasonal beauty and welcoming people. But what’s the food like? Well, you’re in luck – Canada has all the hearty, comforting and sweet food you’ll need at any time of the year.

Things to eat in Canada

It’s a national treasure – French fries topped with a gloriously messy mix of gravy and cheese curds. There’s a range of combinations with different meats, chips and sauces, all classed as ‘poutine’ (or more generally, ‘loaded fries’). All in all, it’s the perfect hangover cure.

Vancouver is known for having one of the best restaurant scenes in the world and seafood is almost always on the menu. Feast on a fresh seafood banquet, try some inventive fusion cuisine or grab a chowder for a quick bite.

3. Maple syrup

It comes as no surprise that maple syrup is super popular in Canada. Be sure to dose up your pancakes and include a side of bacon, just like the locals.

4. Beaver tails

No, they don't come from an actual beaver. Beaver tails are a stretched, fried dough – almost like a doughnut pizza – known as a bannock, topped with all kinds of sweet things, including cinnamon sugar, Nutella, banana, s’mores and more.

5. Nanaimo bars

Named after its birthplace – the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island – this bar consists of three layers: a wafer, nut and coconut crumb base, flavoured custard in the middle, and a chocolate ganache to top it off.

6. Butter tarts

You may have realised by now that Canada is full of sweet treats, but how about trying an indulgent butter tart? It’s a sweet pastry shell baked with a filling of butter, sugar, syrup and egg – everything in moderation, right?

7. Boutique beer

The last few years have seen microbreweries pop up all over Canada. Whether you visit a microbrewery that brews chocolate-flavoured beer or dine at a restaurant with a local beer menu, a Canadian boutique beer is definitely worth trying.

8. Caesar cocktail

If beer isn’t your thing, what about Canada’s version of a Bloody Mary? Combine vodka, clamato juice, hot sauce and lime for a unique briny flavour. Throw in a stalk of celery and you’re set – don’t knock it ‘til you try it!

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Geography and environment

Canada is big. And we mean huge. This may seem obvious when looking at a map, but you really feel it when you're out there road-tripping. With such a large land mass, it comes as no surprise that the environment varies depending on which area of Canada you are travelling in.

Sitting between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Canada shares a long land border with the United States in the south and Alaska (US) and Greenland in the north. Mountains, forests and woodlands can be found throughout the country, with relatively flat, arable plains dotted around too. There’s a lot of ice and tundra in the Arctic North. The country’s unique geography is one of the many reasons that this country is so well-travelled and loved by tourists, but this can pose a risk, notably for drivers. Microclimates along mountain passes, like the Glacier National Park between BC and Alberta, are known for notorious weather conditions. Towns on either side can appear clear and calm, while the national park itself is in the middle of a snowstorm.

Canada’s cities are widespread, well-populated and built-up, though not overly crowded. Expect skyscrapers, malls, the odd traffic jam and all the modern conveniences. Smaller communities exist in more remote areas, with quaint villages on both coasts relying on fishing, tourism and agriculture as main sources of income. Expect a slower pace of life and much less buzz than in the city.

Outdoor experiences

Majestic mountains.

The Rocky Mountains of Canada are famous for a reason – their imposing and rugged beauty is unforgettable. Take in the epic landscapes while hiking, and don't forget to keep a camera handy to capture the best panoramas.

Sensational 'snowscapades'

Make the most of Canada's abundance of snow by getting out there in winter and having some fun. Start a snowball fight (preferably not with strangers), make some snow angels and channel your inner child.

Animal encounters

Keep watch for deer, bears, moose, caribou, mountain goats, bald eagles and timber wolves while hiking through the wilds of Jasper National Park in Alberta. Seeing grizzly and black bears in their natural habitat will take your breath away.

Giant glaciers

Be astounded by the immense size and beauty of Canada's gigantic glaciers. Take a thrilling ride on an ice mobile to experience things up close, or perhaps opt for a hike to the toe of the mighty Athabasca glacier.

Canada may be home to the largest mall in the Americas (West Edmonton Mall), but the shopping experience certainly doesn't end there. The diversity of Canada's population is reflected in the eclectic mix of boutique stores stocking unique artisan wares, modern art and more.

Major cities like Vancouver have an abundance of interesting boutiques, galleries and market-style centres like Granville Island. Smaller towns are great for locally produced gourmet food, wine and quirky kitsch souvenirs. The Chinatown areas of major Canadian cities offer a great shopping experience with good markets and cheap eats.

Canada’s federal goods and services tax (GST) adds 5 per cent to most transactions and most provinces also charge an additional tax to have a combined harmonised sales tax (HST), usually around 10–15 per cent in total. Expect most, if not all, products to have this already included in the marked price.

It's also a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand have particularly strict quarantine laws.

Festivals and events

Canada knows how to put on a show, be it in nature or the cities. Depending on the time of the year, these are some of the festivals and events you can expect to come across:

Calgary Stampede

This 10-day hoedown features rodeos, parades, barbecues and more cowboy hats than you can poke a stick at. The locals call it the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth and it has been running in Calgary, Alberta, since 1912.

Montreal International Jazz Festival

Swap your boot scootin’ for some toe-tapping as more than 3000 performers from over 30 nations entertain millions during this annual celebration of jazz. Over 2500 kilograms of French fries are consumed each year, which is fitting given Montreal is the hub of French-speaking Canada.

Vancouver Festival of Light

This dazzling display of fireworks is not to be missed. Technicians gather from across the world to compete and put on the best and most engaging display. It’s the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world.

You'll know that it's Canada Day , no matter where you are in Canada. The locals celebrate this national holiday with parades, fireworks, parties, concerts and barbecues, so be sure to get into the maple-leaf spirit.

If you find yourself in Ottawa or greater Ontario in early February, chances are there’ll be a winter festival like Winterlude happening. Canada’s capital turns into a majestic winter wonderland and the focal point is Rideau Canal, which turns into the world’s largest skating rink at 7.8 kilometres long.

Quebec Winter Carnival

This festival even has its own mascot – a giant, tuque-wearing snow figure called Bonhomme Carnaval – who embodies the ‘joie de vivre’ (or ‘joy of living’) during winter. Come for Bonhomme and stay for parades, snow sculptures, ice skating and more.

Further reading

For inspiring stories to prepare you for your Canada adventure, check out these books:

  • Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
  • Island – Alistair MacLeod
  • Sacre Bleus: An Unsentimental Journey Through Quebec – Taras Grescoe
  • Consolation – Michael Redhill
  • The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed – John Vaillant
  • The Vancouver Stories: West Coast Fiction from Canada’s Best Writers – Intro by Douglas Coupland
  • Burden of desire – Robert MacNeil

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Canada travel FAQs

Do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

When is the best time to visit Canada?

Canada's vast land mass makes for beautiful scenery and varying climate conditions. December, January and February are the coldest months and travelling can be difficult at times thanks to the occasional road closure or snowstorm. That said, this time of year is ideal for skiing, snowboarding and all your winter delights.

June, July and August are the warmest months. They’re perfect for outdoor activities like rafting, hiking, camping and canoeing. Tourist hotspots and other popular places will be much busier than in other months due to warmer temperatures. While not typically as warm as the summer months, May and September still offer great conditions for travelling and sightseeing without the crowds.

Do I need a visa to travel to Canada?

Many nationalities are able to travel to Canada without a visa, provided they obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before arriving. This includes citizens of Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Japan, France and many others. Like most countries, visitors to Canada must hold a valid passport with at least six months’ validity.

In some cases, visitors may not require a visa, for example, if you are a citizen of the United States. You may, however, still need to present relevant documentation, like a valid passport and evidence of lawful entry into the US.

Travellers from South Africa, China, Russia and other countries need a visa to travel to Canada regardless of their method of entry. Processing these visas may take upwards of three weeks. Visit the Government of Canada’s official website to find out if you will need to apply for a visa.

The is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. 

Last updated: 17/11/2023

Is tipping customary in Canada?

Tipping is very much a part of the culture in Canada. It's expected in restaurants, cafes and bars, and usually won’t be included in the bill.

People typically add 15-20% to the bill but feel free to tip a higher amount if you’ve enjoyed your experience. Tipping taxi drivers and valet attendants is also customary. Many bills in Canada do feature a tipping indicator under the subtotal, which is a handy method for choosing how much to leave. It's your choice, just remember that tipping in North America is culturally ingrained and wait staff are usually paid minimum wage, so understanding this and tipping accordingly is appreciated.

What is the internet access like Canada?

Canada’s internet is very good and it's easy to get access in most cities and towns.

Hotels, hostels and cafes are usually the best places to access the internet. It may be included with a booking or available at a small fee. Some fast food chains, cafes and restaurants have open wi-fi networks available, which are often accessible with a code from a purchase receipt. Be sure to keep an eye out for the international wi-fi symbol to connect.

Internet cafes are becoming less and less common in Canada, but some computer facilities (including in public libraries) are available in larger tourist areas.

Can I use my mobile phone while in Canada?

Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Canada, but it may be patchy in remote areas such as national parks. Depending on the service provider, coverage in remote areas can sometimes be non-existent.

Your best bet, if you have an unlocked phone, is to purchase a prepaid SIM card when you arrive in Canada for all your calling, texting and data needs. Canada has a few network providers and while voice coverage can be patchy, mobile data is generally good in tourist areas, so using internet calling apps like Skype and WhatsApp is often preferred.

If you are from the United States (or are also travelling in the US), there is often an option to upgrade or purchase a prepaid roaming plan with a US service provider to use across the border. Otherwise, you could activate global roaming when travelling through Canada. This can incur extremely high fees, so be sure to check with your local service provider before you leave your home country to know the costs.

What are the toilets like in Canada?

Western-style, flushable toilets are the standard in Canada. Public toilet facilities are usually available in shopping malls and town centres and often labelled as washrooms. If you wish to use a washroom in a cafe or restaurant, expect to be told to make a purchase beforehand to gain access.

What will it cost for a...?

Canada’s unit of currency is the Canadian dollar (CAD). Prices here are approximate averages.

Cup of coffee = CAD $4.80

Local bus fare = CAD $3.30

Budget takeaway meal = CAD $13.00

Restaurant meal = CAD $23.00 - $64.00

Can I drink the water in Canada?

Drinking water from taps in Canada is considered safe unless otherwise advised. Canada has some of the best tasting tap water in the world.

For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Canada?

Major credit cards are accepted by most retailers and restaurants in Canada. As in most countries, be sure to carry adequate cash for smaller purchases; however, it is becoming the norm to buy a coffee or make other small purchases on credit card.

What is ATM access like in Canada?

ATMs are very common in Canada so finding one won't be a problem in most cities or towns. They may not be as abundant in smaller towns and rural areas, so it’s wise to have enough cash before travelling anywhere too remote.

What is the weather like in Canada?

Many people imagine Canada as a winter wonderland with snow-capped mountains and ski resorts vying for their attention, but Canada’s weather is as diverse as its countryside. Summers can get very warm, sometimes reaching 35°C (95°F) and higher, while winters get very cold. It’s not uncommon to get down to -25°C (-13°F). Spring is usually warmer and more pleasant than autumn, which sees brisk and cool temperatures around the country though they’re made bearable by the rich orange and yellows of the trees.

Generally speaking, Canada’s weather fits into four main sections: the coasts, the Prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba), central Canada and northern Canada. There are, of course, many more regional factors and thousands of microclimates, especially in mountain areas.

Expect milder summers and winters on the coast with temperatures not dropping much below -10°C (14°F) and not rising much above 22°C (72°F). The winters are wetter here with the east coast seeing more rainfall, while Vancouver is an anomaly to the rest of Canada with more of an oceanic climate.

In the Prairies, the summers are hot and dry and winter is icy cold. There are long periods of snow, with Calgary experiencing around 54 days and 50 inches of snow, while Southern Alberta has a weird winter phenomenon called chinook winds. These are dry gusts that melt snow and raise temperatures by over 20 degrees in a matter of hours. Of the three largest cities in the Prairies, Winnipeg has the coldest winter days at -11°C (12°F), compared to Calgary (-1°C/30°F) and Edmonton (-6°C/21°F), but also has the warmest summer days at 26°C (79°F), compared to both Calgary and Edmonton (23°C/73°F).

Central Canada enjoys humid summers and cooler winters, with some areas experiencing snow cover for almost six months of the year. As much of Canada’s interior enjoys a continental climate, winters are cold and the wind chill is brisk. Toronto hits around 27°C (80°F) on a hot summer’s day and -1.5°C (29°F) in winter, while Montreal in summer hits 26°C (79°F) and -5.3°C (23°F) in winter.  

Northern Canada is where temperatures really drop. The far reaches of the Northwest Territories (NWT) rarely rise above 0°C (32°F) and can record temperatures below -45°C (-49°F). These extremes aren’t for everyone and it shows – of the three provinces to make up northern Canada (NWT, Yukon and Nunavut), their total population (around 120,000) is less than Canada’s 40th largest city.

What to wear in Canada

This depends on where you’re traveling. The diversity of seasons rules out a one-size-fits-all packing list, so our advice is to consider both the season and the activities you’d like to participate in. 

You’ll be able to get away with light clothing for most of the summer, like a shirt and shorts or light trousers, plus a jacket to wear in the cooler evenings. During spring and autumn, it’s best to bring layers. Temperatures can drop below freezing, especially at night, so if you’re checking out Vancouver’s nightlife or enjoying a nightcap in Toronto, it’s best to rug up. You’ll need to take the comfort dial up a notch in winter with thermal base layers, warm fleeces and jackets, and at least one wind-breaking outer layer to keep you warm. A beanie, scarf and neck warmer are all highly recommended.

Canada is an active destination so ensure you’re prepared with the right type of gear, including sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots, UV protection and warm (but breathable) clothing that can be easily layered. If any water-based activities are on your to-do list, like kayaking or whitewater rafting, consider bringing a pair of dive boots or aqua shoes to save your feet from freezing water and sharp rocks.

For a more comprehensive list on what to wear and what to pack for Canada, be sure to check the packing list included in each trip’s Essential Trip Information.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

What public holidays are celebrated in Canada?

  • 1 Jan: New Year's Day
  • 19 Mar: Good Friday
  • 1 Apr: Easter Monday
  • 20 May: Victoria Day
  • 1 Jul: Canada Day
  • 2 Sep: Labor Day
  • 14 Oct: Thanksgiving Day
  • 11 Nov: Remembrance Day
  • 25 Dec: Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec: Boxing Day

Please note: Canada public holidays may vary.

Is Canada a safe destination for LGBTQIA+ travellers?

In many regards, Canada is a world leader at recognizing LGBTQIA+ rights. It is consistently named as one of the most queer-friendly countries in the world.

Same-sex sexual activity has been lawful since 1969, and same-sex marriages have been legal nationwide since 2005. Anti-discrimination laws are extensive. They were passed in 1996 for sexual orientation and in 2017 for gender identity and expression. The Canadian government announced that it will add a third gender option to all government documents, including census forms and passports, from late 2017.

Canada is home to some of the largest Pride parades in all the world, with over 650,000 attending in Vancouver and over 1 million in Toronto. Toronto is also home to the Church and Wellesley neighborhood, which is known as an LGBT hotspot of the city. Similar LGBTQIA+ friendly neighborhoods exist in Vancouver (Davie Village), Montreal, (commercial district), and Ottawa (Bank Street); however, this is not to say that other neighborhoods are not as socially accepting.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or ILGA before you travel.

If you are traveling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travelers who do not wish to share a room.

Is Canada accessible for travellers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries where possible.

Canada is making clear progress on aiding those with disabilities, especially travelers with mobility issues. Many public buildings around Canada’s major cities and tourist zones have access to lifts and ramps, while pedestrian crossings often have sloping curbs.

For more logistical information on air, bus, rail and ferry transportation, visit the Canadian federal government’s Travel portal.

If you do live with a visual, hearing or other impairment, let your booking agent or group leader know early on so they’re aware and suitable arrangements can be made. As a general rule, knowing some common words in the local language, carrying a written itinerary with you and taking to the streets in a group, rather than solo, can help make your travel experience the best it can be.

Learn more about Accessible Travel with Intrepid

What kind of accommodation will I be staying in?

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in Canada, you may find yourself staying in a:

Depending on your trip, you may be spending some nights camping with us. We provide you with a full set of camping and cooking supplies. Campsites will have a range of facilities available, from toilets and often showers, to pay-per-use washing machines and dryers.

Check your Essential Trip Notes carefully so you know what equipment you'll need to supply yourself.

How will I be travelling around Canada?

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport – which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Canada, you may find yourself travelling by:

  • Ferry Find your sea legs and enjoy a mode of transport that offers scenic views and a dose of fresh air. A ferry ride to Vancouver Island is the ideal way to get acquainted with the west coast.
  • Private vehicle Our vehicle of choice is the 14-seat Ford Transit. Spacious, comfortable, sturdy and safe – it’s hard to beat for a cross‑country road trip. Each vehicle is equipped with large windows, a storage trailer, air conditioning and charging ports.

How do I stay safe and healthy while travelling?

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: Smart Traveller

From Canada?

Go to:  Canada Travel Information

From the UK?

Go to:  UK Foreign Travel Advice

From New Zealand?

Go to:  Safe Travel

From the US?

Go to:  US Department of State

The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.

Does my trip to Canada support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveller. Trips to Canada directly support our foundation partner, Water First . 

Water First  

Water First work with Indigenous communities in Canada to address critical water challenges through education and skills training programs. Donations from our trips support three of their programs – preparing young Indigenous adults for careers in their community's water treatment plants, training Indigenous community members to restore places of local significance, and engaging Indigenous school children with fun and unique learning resources.  

Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

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How global warming is reshaping winter life in Canada

by H. Damon Matthews and Mitchell Dickau, The Conversation

melting snow

As we begin to emerge out of yet another mild winter, Canadians are once again being reminded of just how acutely global warming has changed Canada's winter climate.

The impacts of this mild winter were felt across the country and touched all aspects of winter culture. From melting ice castles at Québec's winter carnival , to a dismal lack of snow at many Western Canada ski resorts , seemingly no part of Canada was unaffected. But the change that will likely be felt most keenly by many Canadians is the loss of a reliable outdoor skating season .

For the second year running, Ottawa's Rideau Canal Skateway was closed for what should be the peak of the skating season. In 2022-2023, the Skateway did not open at all for the first time ever. This winter, a portion of the Skateway opened briefly in January, but continuing mild temperatures forced a closure again after only four days of skating. In Montréal, fewer than 40 percent of the city's outdoor rinks were open in the middle of February.

There is no obvious upside to this story. Outdoor skating in Canada is fast becoming the latest casualty of our failure to confront the reality of the climate crisis.

On thin ice

More than a decade ago, our research group published our first analysis of how outdoor skating was being affected by warming winter temperatures in Canada. We showed that even as of 2005, there was already evidence of later start dates, and shorter skating seasons across most of the country.

These conclusions were echoed by subsequent publications from the RinkWatch project , which has reported consistent declines in skating season length and quality in many Canadian cities.

Meanwhile in Ottawa, skating days on the Rideau Canal Skateway have been trending downwards over the last 20 years. In this time, the typical skating season has decreased by almost 40 percent, a trend that is clearly correlated with increasing winter temperatures over the same period.

Moving in the wrong direction

Climate mitigation progress continues to be far too slow.

Global CO 2 emissions reached their highest level ever recorded in 2023 , and average global temperatures have now reached 1.3 C above pre-industrial temperatures . If these trends continue, we are on track to reach 1.5 C—the lower threshold of the Paris Agreement temperature target—in less than seven years .

In our 2012 paper , we estimated that suitable rink flooding days could disappear across most of southern Canada by mid-century. In a more recent analysis of Montréal's outdoor rinks , we estimated that the number of viable skating days in Montréal could decrease to zero by as early as 2070.

In hindsight, these and other similar projections may have been far too optimistic. In a study of Rideau canal skating days published in 2015 , the authors projected declining but sustained skating conditions throughout this century, even in a high future emissions scenario. The reality of the past two seasons shows that skating conditions have deteriorated far more quickly than predicted.

Global temperatures in 2023 were the highest ever recorded, as were winter temperatures in December 2023 and January 2024. Since 1950, winter temperatures in Canada have increased by more than 3 C, which is about three times the rate of global warming over this same period.

Outdoor rinks require at least three consecutive very cold days to establish a foundation of ice, followed by enough cold days to maintain a good ice surface. Temperatures above freezing are poorly tolerated by outdoor rinks, and rain is often disastrous.

A few degrees of warming in January and February temperatures can be the difference between a rink that is skatable and one that is not. As winters continue to warm, the case for building and maintaining outdoor municipal rinks will become harder to justify.

A stark and still changing new reality

As years go by without any real progress on climate mitigation, it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine a future in which outdoor rinks will be widely available without artificial refrigeration. Other winter activities will also be affected by changing snow conditions, but outdoor skating will likely be hit first in direct response to warming winter temperatures.

Wayne Gretzky famously learned to skate and play hockey in Branford, Ont. in the 1960s on an outdoor rink built by his father . Reliable winter skating conditions in southern Ontario are already mostly a thing of the past, and are becoming more and more scarce as global warming progresses. It is increasingly unlikely that current and future generations will be able to follow Gretzky's path.

This reality is both a tragic injustice for many young Canadians and an existential threat to a core aspect of the Canadian winter identity.

Preserving what remains of Canada's winter skating culture will require that we rapidly step up our efforts to drive down CO 2 emissions and stabilize global temperatures. Otherwise, Joni Mitchell's " river I could skate away on " will become an increasingly wishful dream that soon will exist only in the lyrics of old songs.

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February 16, 2024 — Ottawa, Ontario, traditional unceded Algonquin territory

The Minister of Indigenous Services, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, issued the following statement today:

“We are deeply concerned by the impacts of climate change on Indigenous communities that rely on winter roads. The shortening of the winter road seasons poses important supply problems for many remote First Nations, as these roads are critical to their quality of life. I want to be very clear, the federal government will do what it takes so that the communities that are impacted have the essential supplies they need at all times. 

While we work closely with First Nations and provincial partners for this year’s winter road season, we are also having discussions on multiple long-term solutions such as building of all season-roads. First Nations are best placed to lead the planning and take the decisions that are right for their communities, and so we will work with them to determine how best to do this. 

Winter roads are a shared responsibility. The Government of Canada works in partnership with provincial governments, First Nations, and stakeholders where communities rely on winter roads.

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  17. 5 Absolute BEST Winter Tours in Jasper, Alberta (2023 Guide!)

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  18. Best Canada Tours & Holidays 2024/2025

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  19. Yukon Deluxe Winter Northern Lights

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  22. Special Report: The Death Tour (2024)

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  24. 10 Best Northern Lights Tours in Canada 2024/2025

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