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Canada in winter holidays 2020 & 2021

Travelling to Canada in the winter is all about embracing the snow as you enjoy outdoor adventures amid the country’s sky-scraping mountains and snow-hushed boreal forests. The eastern cities in Québec and Ontario provinces also rejoice at the colder months. Here, winter is marked by ice skating, hearty food, Christmas markets, ice sculptures and exuberant winter festivals.

Our Canada specialists have thoroughly explored the country during its long winter and will plan your trip around the best places to stay and experiences to have. You can watch the northern lights from a log cabin in the wilds of the Yukon, ride on snowmobiles or go snowshoeing in remote locations, and dog-sled with a team of Alaskan huskies. Meanwhile, up in Churchill on the edge of Hudson Bay, you can watch polar bears as they gather waiting for the water to freeze over so they can begin hunting.

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Our expert guides to travelling in Canada in winter

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to Canada in winter. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate Canada in winter at its best.

  • Ice climbing in Jasper National Park

    5 active winter experiences in Canada

    It’s cold and snowy, yes, but that’s why Canada’s winter is ideal for trying some of the country’s more active experiences. Pedal an e-fat bike through wintry landscapes or climb a frozen waterfall. Specialists Lucy and Nathalie share their chosen activities.

  • Snowshoeing

    A practical guide to winter in Canada

    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.

  • Sunset over Bow River, Banff

    Winter in Canada for families

    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.

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