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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.

  • Montréal street

    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.

  • Whistler helicopter tour with glacier landing on Rainbow Mountain

    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.

  • Horse-drawn sleigh, Lake Louise

    Lake Louise winter tour

    Lake Louise

    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.

  • Dog-sledding near 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.

  • Maligne Canyon frozen waterfall

    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.

  • Ice climbing in Jasper National Park

    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.

  • Snowshoeing in Jasper National Park

    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.

  • Snowmobiling

    Snowmobiling in Mont Tremblant

    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.

  • Oscar Peterson Statue outside National Arts Centre

    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.

  • Heart of Downtown Toronto 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.

  • Guided Fat Bike Tour , Mont Tremblant

    Guided fat-bike tour in Mont Tremblant

    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.

  • Ice bubbles underneath Abraham Lake, near Lake Louise

    Frozen falls and ice bubbles tour

    Lake Louise

    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.

  • Food tour of downtown 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.

  • Maple syrup snow candy on snowshoe tour, Banff National Park

    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.

  • Johnston Canyon near 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.