Welcome to the Great White North

  • 08 km outdoor skating rink
  • 150 km ice road
  • 02 Olympic Winter Games

Canadians embrace winter—and we invite you do the same. When the seasons change and snow starts to fall, a plethora of unique recreation comes to life. Strap on snowshoes and stomp across powdery glades. Hire a dogsled musher to show you the ropes of traditional winter travel. Choose horsepower over dog-power and straddle a snowmobile. Ice skate across a frozen river hand-in-hand with your companion. Tour the luge tracks and ski jumps from two Olympic Winter Games. From the Aurora skies of the north, to the misty west coast, to the frigid Prairies, to the snowy expanses of Ontario and Quebec, to the blustery Atlantic—it's time to take advantage of the cold months while they last. Explore the best of winter in Canada.

Alberta

  • Explore the icy wonderland of Jasper’s Maligne Canyon and Banff’s Johnston Canyon—marvelling at crystalline waterfalls and ice caves as you trek atop a frozen river.
  • Tour Calgary Olympic Park, home to the 1988 Olympic Winter Games; brave the luge track or ride along on a bobsleigh run.
  • Cross-country ski through Edmonton's River Valley—home to more than 50 km of groomed trails in nine different parks.

British Columbia

  • Experience a snowshoe tour under the full moon’s light at Vancouver's Mount Seymour.
  • Play the part of an Olympian with a bobsleigh ride or skeleton run at Whistler's Olympic Park.
  • Head west for a Pacific Storm Watching tour; witness seven-metre-tall waves crash along scenic shores.

Manitoba

  • Skate along 1.2 km of ice-trails within Winnipeg’s Forks National Historic Site, located right in the downtown core.
  • Explore Winnipeg's snowy Grand Beach Provincial Park and ski five different cross-country trails, ranging from 2.6 to 13.3 km in length.

Newfoundland & Labrador

Ontario

  • Ontario offers the longest network of recreational snowmobile trails in the world—43,000 km available for motorized exploration.
  • Ice skate on the world’s largest outdoor rink—Ottawa’s eight-km-long Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Take a helicopter from downtown Toronto to Ontario's Haliburton Highlands and experience a day-trip dogsled tour through remote wilderness.

Quebec

  • Quebec, birthplace of the Ski-Doo, offers 33,500 km of groomed and marked snowmobile trails; Québec City's the White Triangle is the most popular region.
  • Set out on a snowshoe or horse-drawn sled sugar-shack tour and sample maple syrup fresh from the tree.
  • Stay the night in a hotel made entirely from ice—Hotel de Glace—and admire intricate ice carvings while you sip a cocktail at the cosmopolitan Ice Bar.

Saskatchewan

  • Snowy Saskatchewan offers the adventurous a skijoring session—a sport that merges dogsledding and cross-country skiing.
  • Hire a guided snowmobile tour and explore Saskatchewan's 10,000 km-plus of maintained trails.

Yukon

  • Spend a day at the home of a world champion dogsled racer, tending to spirited Alaskan huskies; set out on a guided Klondike dogsled adventure.
  • Watch the professionals do it best at the 1,600-km Yukon Quest dogsled race.
  • Embark on an eight-day Arctic voyage with a journey along the Ice Road to Tuktoyaktuk.

Weather

When to go
  • Vancouver and Vancouver Island see snowfall in the mountains from December to April and infrequent snowfall at lower altitudes.
  • Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon may receive snowfall from November through April.
  • Snowmobiling season in Quebec runs from December to March.
  • Ontario’s historically snowiest months are December and January.
  • Expect snowfall in Newfoundland & Labrador from December to March.
Need to know
  • For winter warmth, dress in layers—including a moisture-wicking base layer and waterproof shell.
  • Many winter tours must be booked in advance and directly with the operator.
  • Snowshoeing, dogsledding, ice skating, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are strenuous physical activities.
  • Snowshoe rentals can be found at sporting goods stores and at most ski resorts.
  • Remember to wear sunscreen and sunglasses when outdoors in the snow.