Canada is an incredible destination to visit all year round. However, winter is the season in which Canada really comes alive!
In addition to the stunning snowy landscapes of Canada’s extraordinary National Parks, winter can be the best time to explore Canada’s cities. Here are our top picks for a phenomenal winter city break in the Great White North – no matter what your taste.
For a Romantic Escape: Montreal, Quebec.
For a getaway with that special someone, head to Quebec this winter. As a UNESCO City of Design, pairing the European-inspired contemporary design with a light dusting of snow creates the perfect romantic setting. Stroll hand-in-hand through the Old Town District and admire the architecture. Stop off at one of the cheerful food markets or warm up in one of Montreal’s top restaurants for some high-class cuisine.
For Wildlife-Watching: Churchill, Manitoba
For those seeking animal encounters, a winter break in Churchill is a fantastic choice. Churchill is one of the best places in the world for polar bear spotting. Add some extra magic to this winter activity and keep your eyes peeled for native Arctic foxes, wolves and moose. The ice will be totally frozen over Hudson Bay, making for an incredible photo op. And let’s not forget the Northern Lights. Winter is the perfect season to watch the Aurora dancing across the skies.
For Retail Therapy: Toronto, Ontario
Perfect for buying those last-minute Christmas gifts. Visit the Eaton Centre to buy gifts that will suit all tastes. With over 300 shops spread over 5 floors, there’s always time to treat yourself too! Kensington Market also has options for vintage, unique gifts for those special people in your life. Don’t forget to tick off classic Toronto activities with a winter twist during your stay. Learn all about the Hockey Hall of Fame, before heading to the CN Tower for a panoramic view of the frosty city below.
For an Adrenaline Rush: Vancouver, British Columbia
Voted one of the most liveable cities on earth, Vancouver offers heart-racing activities for all ages. Explore the 1000-acre Stanley Park during your down time, which is equally beautiful in winter as in other seasons. With snow-capped mountains as a backdrop, thrill-seekers will be unable to resist the perfect skiing and snowboarding conditions. After a day on the slopes, cheer on the Vancouver Canucks at an exhilarating hockey game.
For a Winter Wonderland: Ottawa, Ontario
Love ice-skating? Jump on a plane and head to Ottawa this winter. The colder weather causes the famous Rideau Canal to become an ice rink. At over 5 miles long, this is the world’s largest natural ice rink and is used by over 1 million people each year. Some people even use it as their morning commute! After skating past views of the Parliament building and the National Arts Building, visit the ByWard Market. The oldest open-air farmer’s market in Canada, there are over 120 places to eat, drink and shop.
Which Canadian city would you love to experience in the winter? Let us know in the comments below!