Best wintertime activities in Canada

Travelling throughout Canada in winter is magical experience, where some of the country's greatest landmarks and activities are in full bloom. Here's where to go and what to do during the cooler months in Canada. 
Experience the thrill of a dog sled ride across Yukon’s frozen lakes
Glide across the frozen expanses of the Yukon powered by man's best friend. No visit to Canada is complete without experiencing the energetic thrill of an authentic ride with a sled dog team across a frozen Yukon lake.   Bred to enjoy hurtling alongside their sled teammates across icy expanses, the excited barking of huskies anticipating their next outing will greet your ears before you even see them. [caption id="attachment_20709" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Dog sledding on Annie Lake; Yukon.[/caption] Typical tours involve riding either solo or duo, but in both cases you’ll be taught how to steer up to 16 dogs as they rocket full-tilt across one of the Yukon’s beautiful frozen lakes.   With up to 80 centimetres of ice below you covered with a cool 20 centimetres of snow on top, you’ll feel exhilarated as you and your team hurtle from the expansive white bliss of a frozen lake to pull up at your log cabin where a roaring fire awaits. Get going: Mushing is best between November and March. Book a Yukon trip with Adventure World (adventureworld.com.au). Location: Yukon is in the north-west corner of Canada, bordering Alaska. Connecting flights arrive here from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. By bus you can travel the Alaskan highway on a Greyhound. [caption id="attachment_20710" align="alignnone" width="1024"] It's all smile while dog sledding on Annie Lake; Yukon.[/caption]  “Sway your hips and move from foot to foot as your yelping, barking team of excitable dogs strain at the leash.” – Nikki Bayley   <<Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Soar over the ice fields of Kluane National Park
Fly over one of the most striking views in Canada, if not the world.  Read more
Watch an ocean become a highway in Canada, then drive it
Drive one of the world's most interesting winter roads. Read more
How to have an epic Whistler ski day
Shred to your heart's content at one of Canada's finest ski resorts.   Read more
Heli-ski your way to mountains of Canadian bliss
Heli-ski the best run of your life on a powder-filled Canadian slope.  Read more
There’s a Canadian ice hotel that’s destroyed and rebuilt every year
Sleep in a real ice palace, alongside a frozen lake, on glassy moonlight. Although the Hotel de Glace is just a 30-minute drive from Old Town Québec, a stay there feels like being on another planet. [caption id="attachment_21264" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ice-glass drinks are up at the ice hotel.[/caption] A winter-only structure erected using 16,000 tonnes of snow and ice, the Ice Hotel is like few others in the world in that it is utterly destroyed every spring, only to be rebuilt at the end of autumn with a new theme and new additions to the guest rooms, chapel, bar and restaurant. [caption id="attachment_21265" align="alignnone" width="666"] A guest reaches for a frozen glass at the ice hotel.[/caption] While the 2018 theme is yet to be announced in December, 2016's “time and space” motif invited guests to contemplate their perceptions of the universe while sipping cocktails in the frozen bar, or tucking themselves into warm, arctic sleeping bags atop a wooden bedspring on an ice-based bed, inside your personal ice chamber.   For guests concerned with getting cold feet, a stay here includes a mirror room at the nearby Four Points by Sheraton – but once you check in we’d be surprised if you wanted to leave the silent perpetual evening of your very own ice castle. [caption id="attachment_21266" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Guests at the ice hotel kiss in the hot tub.[/caption] Get going: Check in to the Hotel de Glace between January and March each year (hoteldeglace-canada.com). For more cool accommodation, go here. [caption id="attachment_21267" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Two guests check into their suite at the ice hotel.[/caption] Location: Hotel de Glace is just a 30-minute drive west of Québec City, on the banks of the Fossambault-sur-le-Lac. “Score bragging rights for life and bed down in a frozen palace for the night, wrapped up cosy and warm in a thermal sleeping bag on a soft bed of fur.” – Nikki Bayley   << Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Glide along the world’s largest skating rink in Ottawa
Get you skates on and glide along one Canada's prettiest canals. Read more
Tiptoeing across Canada’s ancient Columbian Icefields
Ice is nice on the wonderful journey onto a centuries-old glacier. Read more
Head to the roof of the world via a Canadian ice road
Drive carefully on one of the iciest (and most beautiful) roads on earth. Read more
Is Canada’s Powder Highway the best road trip in the world?
For skiers there is no road more wonderful than British Colombia's Powder Highway. If you’re a gambler, you can’t miss the Las Vegas Strip.   If you’re a fashionista, you can’t miss Rodeo Drive.   But if you’re a skier, you can’t miss Highway 95A, lovingly referred to as the Powder Highway because of the sheer density of world-class ski resorts that crouch around that one long, loose loop of bitumen carving through the Kootenay Rockies. [caption id="attachment_20841" align="alignnone" width="1500"] The gorgeous Kimberley Alpine Resort.[/caption] Clustered around the south-east corner of British Columbia, the Powder Highway encompasses a collection of eight alpine resorts.   While each is large enough to singularly host an entire holiday, there is a certain charm to a multi-destination trip.   Hitting all eight ski areas might be logistically difficult, but if you really wanted to take a crack at it, try starting at the far south-eastern point on the loop at Fernie, then track north-west to Kimberley, further north, for a few well-groomed runs at Fairmont Hot Springs with the kids. [caption id="attachment_20840" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Fun rules at Fernie Alpine Resort.[/caption] Duck west for a stop at Panorama, then continue north to Kicking Horse to practise your glade-skiing.   A curling, western arc will take you back down to Revelstoke for some extreme powder carving, then you need to gun it a long way south to reach Red Mountain and finally Whitewater, the last of the big eight, to complete the roughly 800-kilometre loop. [caption id="attachment_20839" align="alignnone" width="1500"] The sun rises over Fernie Mountain- phot courtesy of Henry Georgi.[/caption] Get going: Most resorts on the Powder Highway (powderhighway.com) will have good ski snow from late November to April. Travel there with Ski Max Holidays. Location: The Powder Highway starts about 10 hours’ drive east from Vancouver, BC, or two-and-a-half hours’ drive west from Calgary. “BC skiing isn’t only about Whistler. Join the in-the-know locals at some of the province's finest alternative resorts instead.” – John Lee   << Previous | Next >>   Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown   var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Legendary Revelstoke, also known as, heli-ski heaven
Enjoy your powder multiple ways at one of Canada's great hidden ski resorts.  Read more
Witness the fury of a British Columbia winter from The Wick
Get in touch with Mother Nature's wild side at the windswept edge of Canada.  Read more
Watch amazing husky sledding at the mighty Yukon Quest
Enjoy the dog days of the Yukon Quest, watching some amazing husky sledding.  Read more
Kick up your heels and experience the magic of Carnaval de Québec
Revel at the wonderful Carnaval de Québec, one of the world's largest outdoor festivals. Read more