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Things to do in Canada in winter

Canada offers much to see and do in the colder months. Our specialists have explored the country’s wintry landscape from the far reaches of the Yukon and the Northwest Territories to the cobbled streets of Québec City to find the most immersive things to do in Canada during the winter.

Even though wildlife isn’t as abundant as it is in the summer, October and early November give you the best opportunity to see polar bears in Manitoba as they congregate ahead of their hunting season. If you want to explore the snow-blanketed wilderness, we can arrange snowshoeing through silent forests at the Continental Divide, snowmobiling in the Yukon, and a chance to mush your own team of Alaskan huskies. You can try your hand at ice hockey with a professional coach, and take historical walking tours in the cities. And, you can travel to remote lodges to watch the northern lights under unpolluted dark skies.

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Ideas for experiencing Canada in winter

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Canada in winter, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Dog-sledding tour in the Callaghan Valley
    Dog-sledding near Whistler

    Dog-sledding tour in the Callaghan Valley

    Whistler

    Dog-sledding tour in the Callaghan Valley

    Explore the ancient forests of the Callaghan Valley as you mush your own team of huskies, stopping at an abandoned camp on Totem Lake to learn about the old fur trappers.

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  • Mount Assiniboine and Gloria Glacier helicopter tour
    Helicopter flight over the Canadian Rockies

    Mount Assiniboine and Gloria Glacier helicopter tour

    Canmore

    Mount Assiniboine and Gloria Glacier helicopter tour

    Soar over the Canadian Rockies in a helicopter, passing through the Spray Valley and Goat Range Pass, before spotting the majestic Mount Assiniboine and the Gloria Glacier.

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  • Whistler helicopter tour with glacier landing
    Whistler helicopter tour with glacier landing on Rainbow Mountain

    Whistler helicopter tour with glacier landing

    Whistler

    Whistler helicopter tour with glacier landing

    Experience a bird’s eye view of Whistler and its surrounding mountain peaks on a private helicopter flight, landing on the 12,000-year-old glacier on Rainbow Mountain.

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  • Frozen falls and ice bubbles tour
    Ice bubbles underneath Abraham Lake, near Lake Louise

    Frozen falls and ice bubbles tour

    Lake Louise

    Frozen falls and ice bubbles tour

    Walk across a frozen creek at Crescent Falls, before heading to Abraham Lake to spot mysterious ice bubbles beneath the frozen surface, enjoying homemade hot chocolate along the way.

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  • Lake Louise winter tour
    Horse-drawn sleigh, Lake Louise

    Lake Louise winter tour

    Lake Louise

    Lake Louise winter tour

    Look out for courageous ice climbers at the ancient Marble Canyon, before heading to Lake Louise for a spot of ice skating, snowshoeing, afternoon tea, or even a horse-drawn sleigh ride.

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  • Johnston Canyon ice walk
    Johnston Canyon near Banff

    Johnston Canyon ice walk

    Banff

    Johnston Canyon ice walk

    Strap ice cleats to your boots and experience the ancient rock, frozen waterfalls and snowy woodland trails of Johnston Canyon on a guided ice walk.

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  • Frozen waterfall ice climbing experience
    Ice climbing in Jasper National Park

    Frozen waterfall ice climbing experience

    Jasper

    Frozen waterfall ice climbing experience

    Learn how to safely navigate yourself up a frozen waterfall, using ice axes and crampons, experiencing one of the most exhilarating Canadian winter activities.

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  • Canadian ice hockey player experience
    Canadian ice hockey player experience , Canmore

    Canadian ice hockey player experience

    Canmore

    Canadian ice hockey player experience

    Learn about the secrets and superstitions of Canada’s most-loved sport, before kitting up and heading onto the ice to shoot some goals with the professionals.

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  • Maligne Canyon ice walk
    Maligne Canyon frozen waterfall

    Maligne Canyon ice walk

    Jasper

    Maligne Canyon ice walk

    Explore the frozen creek bed and ancient rock formations of Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park, looking out for ice climbers and ending up alongside the meandering Maligne River.

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  • Morning snowmobile tour with hearty log cabin breakfast
    Morning snowmobile tour with hearty log cabin breakfast

    Morning snowmobile tour with hearty log cabin breakfast

    Whistler

    Morning snowmobile tour with hearty log cabin breakfast

    Travel through Whistler’s snowy backcountry trails on a powerful snowmobile, stopping at a wooden cabin for a hot Yukon-style breakfast, cooked on a traditional wood stove.

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  • Dog-sledding and mushing experience with campfire lunch
    Dog-sledding and Mushing Experience, Jasper

    Dog-sledding and mushing experience with campfire lunch

    Jasper

    Dog-sledding and mushing experience with campfire lunch

    Drive your own team of enthusiastic Alaskan Huskies through the snowy British Columbia wilderness, stopping halfway for a hearty campfire lunch and hot apple cider.

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  • Snowshoe adventure at the Continental Divide
    Maple syrup snow candy on snowshoe tour, Banff National Park

    Snowshoe adventure at the Continental Divide

    Banff

    Snowshoe adventure at the Continental Divide

    Get off the beaten track on a snowshoe adventure at the Continental Divide, hiking through the peaceful wilderness with your guide and making maple taffy on a secluded frozen lake.

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  • Evening snowcat ride with mountaintop fondue dinner
    Evening Snowcat Ride and Fondue Dinner, Whistler

    Evening snowcat ride with mountaintop fondue dinner

    Whistler

    Evening snowcat ride with mountaintop fondue dinner

    A heated snowcat will transport you up Blackcomb Mountain, with Whistler’s lights twinkling below you. Then enjoy a fondue dinner in a wooden cabin at 1,829 m (6,000 ft).

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  • Evening snowmobile ride with mountaintop fondue dinner
    Snowmobiling in Canada

    Evening snowmobile ride with mountaintop fondue dinner

    Whistler

    Evening snowmobile ride with mountaintop fondue dinner

    Travel by snowmobile along the backcountry trails of Blackcomb Mountain, reaching a wooden cabin at 1,829 m (6,000 ft) for an indulgent fondue dinner.

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  • Snowshoe tour of Jasper’s alpine wilderness
    Snowshoeing in Jasper National Park

    Snowshoe tour of Jasper’s alpine wilderness

    Jasper

    Snowshoe tour of Jasper’s alpine wilderness

    Follow your local guide through the pristine landscapes of Jasper National Park, hiking through deep snow with snowshoes on your boots, keeping an eye out for animal tracks.

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  • Food tour of downtown Jasper
    Food tour of downtown Jasper

    Food tour of downtown Jasper

    Jasper

    Food tour of downtown Jasper

    Satisfy your love of good food and drink on this culinary tour of downtown Jasper, enjoying carefully selected dishes and wine pairings at four local restaurants.

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  • Snowshoe tour on the Medicine Trail
    Snowshoe tour on The Medicine Trail, Whistler

    Snowshoe tour on the Medicine Trail

    Whistler

    Snowshoe tour on the Medicine Trail

    Follow the paths of the old trappers into the Callaghan Valley forests, learning about the medicinal value of the plants that grow here, and sampling healing teas.

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  • Old Montréal walking tour
    Montréal street

    Old Montréal walking tour

    Montréal

    Old Montréal walking tour

    Follow your local guide around the quaint, cobbled streets of Old Montréal, visiting landmarks such as the Notre-Dame Basilica and exploring the difference between French and British architecture.

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  • Guided fat-bike tour in Mont Tremblant
    Guided Fat Bike Tour , Mont Tremblant

    Guided fat-bike tour in Mont Tremblant

    Mont Tremblant

    Guided fat-bike tour in Mont Tremblant

    Cycle through the snowy Mont Tremblant landscape on an electrically-powered fat-tyre bicycle, exploring the scenic landscape and enjoying plenty of fresh air.

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  • Snowmobiling in Mont Tremblant
    Snowmobiling

    Snowmobiling in Mont Tremblant

    Mont Tremblant

    Snowmobiling in Mont Tremblant

    Travel along the extensive trails of the Saint Agathe area on your high-tech snowmobile, moving quickly through the winter landscape and enjoying a healthy dose of adrenaline.

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  • Historical walking tour of Ottawa
    Oscar Peterson Statue outside National Arts Centre

    Historical walking tour of Ottawa

    Ottawa

    Historical walking tour of Ottawa

    Embark on a walking tour with your knowledgeable, local guide, stopping at Parliament Hill, ByWard Market and plenty more of Ottawa’s most-loved historic spots.

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  • Private guided snowshoe tour of Mont Tremblant National Park
    Snowshoeing guided tour

    Private guided snowshoe tour of Mont Tremblant National Park

    Mont-Tremblant

    Private guided snowshoe tour of Mont Tremblant National Park

    Trek through the snow-covered forests of the Laurentian Mountains on this private guided snowshoe activity, enjoying the peaceful and pristine landscapes that surround you.

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  • Downtown Toronto winter bicycle tour
    Heart of Downtown Toronto Bicycle Tour, Toronto

    Downtown Toronto winter bicycle tour

    Toronto

    Downtown Toronto winter bicycle tour

    Visit a number of Toronto’s landmarks and quirky local neighbourhoods, travelling between each by bicycle, following your local guide through the city.

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