Canadian winters can take a toll on the body, mind, and spirit, which is one reason why there are so many exciting winter fun events that draw people from their homes into the frosty air. Sure, it’s great to sip hot cider while sitting by a roaring fire, but you can save that for the end of the day after you enjoy one or more of the winter activities offered in the following cities and provinces across the nation.
Ottawa, Ontario: The Rideau Canal offers skaters a nearly five mile (7.8 km) picturesque journey from January through to the end of February. During February, you have the added attraction of Winterlude, an annual seasonal celebration where visitors can partake of traditional Canadian treats such as maple taffy and Beaver Tails.
Plaster Rock, British Columbia: Every February for one weekend, competitors come from Canada, the US, and at least 15 other countries participate in the World Pond Hockey Championships. Approximately 120 teams flock to Roulston Lake to make magic on the ice.
Nova Scotia: If you want to learn everything there is about maple syrup, Sugar Moon Farm is the place to take the entire family. You can learn how maple syrup is made and enjoy tours, maple-tasting, hiking trails, and Sugar Moon’s Chef Nights.
Calgary, Alberta: People who like speed will love trying the luge at Calgary Olympic Park. Sorry kids; this activity is for adults only.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland: A weeklong festival called the Corner Brook Winter Carnival is a must-attend event for the entire family. You can enjoy features such as skating, snow carving, competitive house decorating, ice sculptures, and more.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario: The largest winter carnival in northern Ontario is the Bon Soo Winter Carnival has features for the entire family. Kids of all ages will enjoy the music, skating, ice sculptures, bum sliding, polar bear swimming, and the Soo Greyhound Hockey Game.
Edmonton, Alberta: During the second half of February, when the winter doldrums have really set in, check out the10-day Silver Skate Festival in Edmonton. Traditional Dutch sprint races (called Kortebaan) are a featured event, as are speedskating and other skating events, snow sculpture competitions, music entertainment, and more.
Saskatchewan: You can expect an icy reception at the Ice Bar in Regina, Saskatchewan, and that’s because the bar, tables, and stools are all carved out of ice. The La Bodega Tapas Bar and Grill serves up organic food and wine as well for your chilling pleasure.
Winnipeg, Manitoba: Celebrate the heritage of this French community at Festival du Voyageur, a 10-day event that takes place beginning in the middle of February in the French Quarter, Saint-Boniface. The festival combines culture, history, arts and crafts, exhibits, and various types of entertainment.
Quebec: Yet another winter festival, and this one (Quebec Winter Carnival) takes place in January and February. It features more than 200 activities, including toboggan races, an iconic ice palace, canoe races on the ice, snow sculpture competition, night parades, and much more.
Written by Deborah Mitchell. Deborah Mitchell is passionate about personal health and the well-being of animals and the planet. She has authored, coauthored, and ghostwritten more than 40 books, contributes regularly to several websites, and shares information on physical, emotional, and spiritual health on her blog, deborahmitchellbooks.com.
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