Experience Canada through these twenty-five incredible activities and festivals celebrating the uniqueness of winter.
1. Inuvik Sunrise Festival
The Town of Inuvik, located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, sees the sun fall below the horizon for a continuous stretch of 30 days beginning in early December. The return of the sun is celebrated every January by the Townsmen of Inuvik as the Sunrise Festival with local foods, dance, music and winter activities like snow carving, dogsledding, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling. Details
January 6 – 8, 2017
Fireworks display | Saturday night
Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Inuvik Sunrise Festival Tour packages are available through both Arctic Adventure Tours and Touch the Arctic Tours.
2. Ice Caves of Lake Superior
See magnificent ice caves and ice formations on the shores of Lake Superior that begins when temperature falls below freezing for more than 24 hours. As the waves from Lake Superior continues to washes over the primary ice that was formed, extraordinary ice creations are formed, rewarding you stunningly beautiful, ice caverns. Details
Winter – January – February
Various locations, Shores of Lake Superior, Ontario
Free/conservation area/provincial park fees if applies.
To enjoy, man-made Ice Castles, visit Edmonton.
3. Winter Bungee Jumping
From the bridge high above the glacial fed Cheakamus River, enjoy the thrill of bungee jumping to a 50 meter drop. Details
Winter: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Open year-round)
Whistler Bungee, 19-4314 Main St, Whistler, British Columbia
$130/person (includng tax). $10 for transportation if required.
4. Maligne Canyon Icewalk
Located at the Jasper National Park, the Maligne Canyon eroded out of Palliser Formation is over 50 metres deep. Frozen canyon floor with amazing ice sculptures, frozen waterfalls, underground stream outlets, ice caves and fossils are but few of the things that can be experienced on this icewalk tour. Details
November – MarchGuided Walk: 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM
Maligne Canyon at Jasper National Park, Alberta
DIY – Free
Guided: ~ Adult: $65 + tax; Youth (7-14): $32.50 + tax; Not Recommended for Children under 7
5. PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience
Climb the Guinness World Record holding PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola for a 4.4 km (11 minute) journey between the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains to enjoy 360° view of British Columbia’s towering volcanic peaks, coastal rainforests, and ancient glaciers. There are also scenic walking trails, wildlife viewing, interpretive displays and more. Details
Winter: late November – late April | Daily
Last round-trip from the Roundhouse Lodge is at 3pm and last one-way trip from Rendezvous Lodge is at 3:15pm.
Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, 4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia
Adult: Pre-purchase $51.95; Senior (65+)/ Youth (13-18): $44.95; Child (7-12): Pre-purchase $25.95
6. Let’s Talk Powder Heli-Skiing!
Experience heli-skiing! Touch down atop pristine mountain peaks from a helicopter and ski thousands of feet of vertical powder. There are quite a few options for heli-skiing in Canada. Mike Wiegele Heliopter Skiing is recommended by Canadian Tourism Commission and is a designated Canadian Signature Experience. Details
Early December through April
Mike Wiegele Heliopter Skiing, 1 Harrwood Dr., Blue River, British Columbia
Courtesy Shuttle bus will meet you in Kamloops and escort you to Blue River or Albreda Lodge for a 12:00 arrival.
Pricing depends on the package and the number of days and can range from $4575 – $13244
7. Hotel de Glace — Quebec City’s Ice Hotel
Hotel de Glace is the first and only true ice hotel in North America. First opened in 2001, visitors get to experience a unique nordic adventure by staying the night in this magical environment. With its huge snow vaults, its crystalline ice sculptures its 44 rooms and suites, the Hôtel de Glace impresses by its dazzling decor. Details
January 4 – March 26, 2017
Hôtel de Glace Québec-Canada inc., 1860, boulevard Valcartier, Valcartier, Québec
Various tours and experience packages are available.
Tours starts from $12.39 for adults.
8. Rideau Canal Skating
Come winter, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic Rideau Canal, transforms into the world’s largest skating rink – the Rideau Canal Skateway with a total length of 7.8 km. During winter months, the rink hosts a daily average of 19,000 visitors. Details
January – late February/ early March depending on weather conditions
Rideau Canal Skateway, Ottawa, Ontario
Universally accessible ramps to the Skateway are located near the following: Mackenzie King Bridge, Fifth Avenue (Queen Elizabeth Driveway side), Bronson Avenue (at Colonel By Drive), Dows Lake Pavilion
Access to the skateway is Free.Skates, sleigh and other equipments are available for rental.
9. Historical Snowshoe Tour
A guided tour deep into the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a unique rocky mountain experience through untouched powder deep into Sunshine Meadows flanked by some of the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies. Follow the trading route of the First Nations people and listen to stories of first discovery. Details
November – late April Duration: ~3.5 h
Sunshine Village Ski Resort, Banff, Alberta
The tour starts at the top of Mount Standish at Sunshine Village Ski Resort and culminates at the The experience culminates indoors at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge.
$125/person. Must be booked 48 hours in advance (minimum groups of seven).Ages: 12 and over
10. Ice Magic Festival
Set in the spectacular surroundings of Lake Louise, the Ice Magic Festival is a world class event. Watch as talented ice artists from around the world skillfully combine gruelling physicality with precision artistry in an ice carving competition. Details
January 19 – 29, 2017
Lake Louise, Banff, Alberta
Take advantage of the FREE shuttles running from Samson Mall in the village of Lake Louise to The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, return every 20 minutes on Saturday and Sunday January 21, 22, 28 and 29.
Tickets are required on the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise lakeside Competition Carving Site Saturday and Sunday, January 21-22, 28-29 | 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM with the last available time slot to purchase tickets at 4:00 PM.
Viewing of the competition site weekdays and before 10:00 AM. and after 5:30 PM on the weekends are FREE.
All other Ice Magic events and activities throughout the destination are FREE.
Adults (18 – 54): $10; Children (3-17) $5; Seniors (55+) $5: Family (2 adults + up to 4 children aged 3-17 years) $25
11. Experience Winter in a Boreal Forest
Explore a million acres of snow-covered wilderness. Cruise down a cross-country ski trail, float across the snow on a pair of snowshoes, relax by the campfire with friends and family, or listen to the call of the wolves in the distance. Details
Guided Tour: Follow tracks of the wildlife, learn about the wildlife in this region, go on guided dog-sled excursion, relax at the Elk Ridge Resort, know about the frozen boreal lake, learn essential winter skills, spend overnight in a quinzhee’ or snow shelter and more during this unique winter experience. Details
Winter monthsGuided Tour Duration: 5 nights
Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan
Guided Tour Organized by Sundogs Excursions, 2831 Hwy #2. Located just off Highway #2, 65 km birth of Prince Albert, SK.
DIY Visit – Park Admission (free in 2017)
Guided Tour: You can choose 1 – 5 nights with a range of accommodations and experiences. Rates will be determined by adventures, transportation and duration chosen by guests.
12. Winter Carnival Quebec
Experience one of the world’s largest winter carnivals! The festival has a host of activities for all ages, including snow bath, ice canoe race, night parades, snow slides, giant foosball, snow sculptures, shows, sleigh rides, and skating. Details
January 27 – February 12, 2017
Plains of Abraham, Quebec City, Quebec
Admission: $15 (taxes included)
Full Carnival Pass: $47.90 includes: 1 Pass, 1 Carnival tuque, 1 stick of taffy, 1 glass of caribou (a traditional Carnival drink) or non-alcoholic drink, and 1 coffee or hot chocolate.
13. Winterlude: A Capital Celebration of Winter
Winterlude is the Capital’s winter celebration held each year in the Ottawa–Gatineau region celebrating Canada’s unique northern climate and culture. A family fun event, the winterlude boasts of the world’s largest saing rink, ice carving competitions, snow sculptures and winter playgrounds. In addition, there are a variety of activities including arts, culture, music, theatre, comedy, sports, culinary, science and technology and more! Details
Usually in the first two weeks of FebruaryFebruary 3 – 20, 2017
Confederation Park, Jacques-Cartieer Park, Rideau Canal Skateway and other locations in the capital region.
Capital Information Kiosk: 90 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Some Winterlude activities are free and others have fees. See individual activity listings for details.
14. Watch the Dancing Lights over the Northern Skies
Ribbons of glowing green, white and red swirl and dance across the Yukon sky. Join a tour or congregate with the locals away from the city lights to enjoy the spectacle together. Details
From fall until spring, best in winter.
Various locations – Yukon. (Also viewable from most Northern Locations of Canada)
Free to watch, packages vary
15. Heli-Dog Sledding for a Day
Experience dog sledding in Haliburton with purebred Siberian Huskies. Your Heli-dog sledding tour, starts with the flight abroad a private helicopter from Toronto to the Haliburton Highlands, bordering on Algonquin Park. You will be instructed on the basics of dog sledding before heading out on the trail with your team of 6 sled dogs. Explore the unspoiled beautiful wilderness travelling through Bear & Beaver Valleys, ridge trail, see undeveloped lake chains before your flight back to Toronto. Details
December – MarchFull-day tour: Duration: 6 hours; Distance: 30 km
Winterdance, 1888 Hodgson Road, Haliburton, Ontario
Heli-dogsledding: $1425 + HST /person for the flight and day of dogsledding based on a group of 3 or more.
Full-day dogsledding: Weekends & Holidays: $360/person + taxes; Weekdays: $310/person + taxes.Children (aged 2 – 16) are welcome on the trips but must be accompanied by an adult. As a guideline children be at least 2 years old for 2 hour trips, 5 years old for 1/2 days and 7 years old for full days.
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16. Crystal Hut Fondue by Snowmobile
A one of a kind tour of the Blackcomb Mountain on a snowmobile. See the lights from the Whistler village. Follow the snowmobiles in front of you to the Crystal Hut for a delicious feast before heading back down. Details
December – April | Nightly | 8:00 PM – 12:00 PM; Departs 7:30 PMDuration: 4 hours
Meet up address: 4280 Mountain Square, Carleton Lodge, Whistler, British Columbia
Organized by Canadian Wilderness Adventures
Single riders: $239; Sharing: $199/person
Crystal Hut Fondue by Snowcat: $189/passenger
17. Silver Skate Festival
A 10-day family oriented festival of sport, art, and recreation in Alberta’s capital city. The festival is rooted in Dutch winter traditions, transforming Hawrelak Park into a winter wonderland with ice castle, snow sculptures, winter sports, Edmonton Winter Triathalon, live music and theatrical performances, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides and many more fun activities. Details
February 10 – 20, 2017
Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Road, Edmonton, Alberta
Ice Castles require admission fee
18. Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival
Held annually in The Pas, the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival celebrates the diverse cultural heritage of the northern pioneer. The major events are the World Championship Dog Race and the King, Queen and youth Trapper events with contests based on the lifestyle, livelihood and survival of the trapper. Details
Usually in the third weekend of February
February 15 – 19, 2017
Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival, 324 Ross Avenue, The Pas, Manitoba
Some events are free, while others have a small admission fee
19. World Pond Hockey Championships
Every year more than 100 teams from around the world compete for the World Pond Hockey Championship. This is “four-on-four” play, with no goaltenders and is held on a lake. Details
The event is scheduled for the second full weekend in February each year. February 16 – 19, 2017
159 Main Street, Plaster Rock, New Brunswick
Participating teams must register in advanceSpectators are welcome
20. Festival Du Voyageur
Festival Du Voyageur is Western Canada’s largest winter festival celebrating Canada’s French heritage and culture. During winter, Voyageur, Métis and First Nations histories are brought back to life at the Saint Boniface. With music, snow sculptures, displays, arts and crafts, exhibits, entertainment shows, the festival is a 10-day family friendly event. Details
February 17 – 26, 2017
Voyageur Park, (866 St. Joseph Street, Saint Boniface, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Festival du Voyageur offers a free shuttle service, provided by Exclusive Bus Lines, in order to alleviate the traffic issues around Voyageur Park and to enhance visitor experience.
Day Pass: Adult (18+) $20; Youth (5-17) $10; Child (4 and under) Free
10-day Pass: Adult (18+) $34; Youth (5-17) $13; Child (4 and under) Free
Single day family package ( 2 adult & 2 youth) $95
10-day family package ( 2 adult & 2 youth) $125
21. Snowmobile Reindeer Herding Experience
A 4-day arctic adventure to experience the Northern way of life. Travel on a snowmobile alongside Inuit reindeer herders, herding thousands of reindeer to their spring calving grounds. Enjoy local cuisine and cultural activities in the evenings. You might also get to view the spectacular Aurora Borealis. Drive along the famed Ice Road on a Tuktoyaktuk Ice Road vehicle tour. Details
March 5 – 17, 2017 Duration: 4 days
Organized by Tundra North Tours Ltd, Inuvik, Northwest Territories.
$4,400/person + GST
22. Adrenaline Winter Sports at Canada Olympic Park
Experience luge and the Bobsleigh! Bobsleigh is one of the fastest sport on ice, where together with 3 other passengers, the expert pilot will slide you through 10 turns hitting speeds of 100+ km/h and you will feel the force of up to 4 G’s and luging lets you wind through 5 twists in just 40 seconds! Details
Winter Bobsleigh & Luge ride: December – March
Winsport, 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary, Alberta
Bobsleigh: ~ $161.90
Luge: ~ $35
23. Waterfall Ice Climbing
Experience the thrill of climbing a classic multi-pitch waterfall in Jasper National Park! With barely a steady drip of water, the formation of these incredible ice features thoughout the park creates a climbable and dynamic median to test your adventure skills. Details
Winter – Guided: Dec 1 – Mar 31
Various locations Jasper National Park, Alberta
Maligne Canyon, Tangle Creek, Panther Falls, Weeping Wall, WAD Valley
Varies. Guided with Rockaboo Adventures: $500
24. Winter in Niagara Falls
See the mighty Falls battling the power of Jack Frost! Enjoy the sight of Niagara Falls framed by glistening icicles reflecting the magical winter lights. Details
Winter – Visit after heavy snowfall and a few days of below freezing temperature.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
25. Ski at Canada’s World Class Ski Resorts
Big White Ski Resort, 5315 Big White Rd, Kelowna, British Columbia
Fernie Alpine Resort, 5339 Ski Hill Road, Fernie, British Columbia
Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta
Le Massif, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec
Kicking Horse, 1500 Kicking Horse Trail, Golden, British Columbia
Mt Norquay, Banff National Park, Alberta
Red Mountain Resort, 4300 Red Mountain Rd, Rossland,British Columbia
Revelstoke Mountain Resort, 2950 Camozzi Rd, Revelstoke, British Columbia
Sun Peaks Resort, Kamloops, British Columbia
Sunshine Ski Resort, Sunshine Village, Banff National Park, Alberta
Whistler Blackcomb, 4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia
Whitewater Ski Resort, 1 Whitewater Rd, Nelson, British Columbia
Rates may not include any applicable taxes, fees, and may change without notice. Please verify all information before travelling.