Canada in winter trip ideas
Our specialists are passionate about Canada’s wintry pleasures, from the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the colonial cobbled streets of Québec City. Snowfall does affect road conditions and we don’t recommend any self-drive itineraries at this time of year, but our specialists are experts in dealing with winter logistics and can arrange for you to travel about with a private driver, as well as by coach or train.
Our suggested tours have been inspired by the activities we’ve enjoyed most, from snowmobiling tours to dog-sledding lessons. Your winter trip to Canada will be completely tailored to your interests, so these ideas are only intended to inspire your own planning.
Ideas for your trip to Canada in winter
Whether you’re looking for the tranquillity of snowshoeing through a snow-shrouded forest or the heart-pound exhilaration of speeding across a frozen lake on a snowmobile, our itinerary ideas can help inspire your trip to Canada in winter.
Cycle around Toronto, taking in its highlights, including the CN Tower and Kensington Market.
Admire the parliamentary architecture in Ottawa and skate on the frozen Rideau Canal.
Explore the cobbled streets, ice sculptures and culinary scene of old Québec.
Walk around old Montréal and visit the Notre-Dame Basilica.
Admire the wintry landscape between each city from the comfort of a train.
Explore Vancouver and go ice skating on one of the city’s rinks.
Taste healing teas and learn about medicinal plants on a snowshoe tour in the Callaghan Valley.
Travel on a snowmobile to an elevated cabin for a fondue dinner in Whistler.
Soar over the mountain ranges around Whistler Blackcomb on a helicopter flight.
Mush your own sled of Alaskan huskies in Whistler’s snowy backcountry.
Relax in a remote log cabin in the Yukon, keeping watch for the northern lights.
See the Gloria Glacier from a helicopter as you soar over Canmore and the Bow Valley.
Learn to play ice hockey with the Canmore Eagles.
Mush your own team of Alaskan huskies and enjoy a campfire lunch in the wilderness.
Climb up a frozen waterfall in Jasper National Park, using ice axes, crampons and harnesses.
Experience Lake Louise in all its winter glory and take a horse-drawn sleigh ride over the frozen lake.
Explore Montréal on a guided walking tour, visiting the Notre-Dame Basilica and many other highlights.
Enjoy exhilarating dog-sledding, snowshoeing, ice fishing and snowmobiling tours at Lac à l'Eau Claire.
Take in the cobbled streets, ice sculptures and colonial architecture of old Québec.
Try Québec City’s best food and wine on an immersive culinary tour.
Travel from Vancouver to Jasper by overnight train.
Embark on a snowshoe hike in Jasper National Park with your guide.
Look out for elk, wolves, coyotes and moose on a winter wildlife tour.
Climb up a frozen waterfall in Jasper National Park.
Experience Lake Louise and Banff in all their winter glory.
Some of our favourite travel guides
Canada specialist and former Banff National Park resident Lucy explains why she thinks winter is the best time to visit this vast and varied country. She also shares her suggestions for the best places to go in the winter as a family.View this travel guide
When preparing for a trip to Canada in the winter, it’s important to ensure that you’ve packed all the right things. Here, Canada specialist Lucy suggests what you should pack to help you to stay warm and enjoy your holiday to the fullest.View this travel guide