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Guide: 10 Winter Bucket List-Worthy Places In Canada

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Oh, the weather outside is weather… but we might feel a little better if there were lots of snow. It’s time to experience the best that winter has to offer, so keep reading for 10 of the most bucket list-worthy, North Pole-esque spots in Canada!

Churchill, Manitoba

Polar bears, Northern Lights, this place has got it all. If you’re into neature and exploring the wintery wilderness, head to Churchill to take in the sights!

polar bears manitoba

Niagara Falls, Ontario

The falls are gorgeous in the summer, but they’re equally stunning in winter snow. Niagara-on-the-lake also has an annual Icewine Festival, so if you’re into dessert style wine (who isn’t?), you can sip yourself into the most festive of moods!

niagara falls winter

Banff National Park, Alberta

This mountain village is so picturesque that it looks Photoshopped. There’s also ski hills, stunning surrounding lakes, and tons of adorable shops to be explored…so if you haven’t been to Banff yet, you’d better get going!

banff mountain

Plaster Rock, New Brunswick

If you don’t like hockey, we’re gonna have to revoke your Canadian card. But if you are an ODR fan, then it’s time to visit Plaster Rock. It hosts the World Pond Hockey Championships every year from From Feb 14-17, so hit it up to play some puck among the pristine forest and falling flakes!

plaster rock pond hockey championships

Charlevoix, Québec

Le Massif de Charlevoix has tons of culture, adventure and beauty to offer! Ski bums of all kinds (alpine and cross-country) will love this place, but if you’re more into the lodge than the hill, you won’t be disappointed with the food/bevvy offerings here, either.

santa charlevoix quebec ski

Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa literally has a thing called the Winterlude festival, so you know they go hard in the snow. It’s being held this year from Feb 1 to 18, with an annual Accora Village Bed Race on ice and tons of fun on the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink!

winterlude ottawa

Winnipeg, Manitoba

People call this place Winterpeg Manisnowba. Need we say more? Our provincial capital is big on Canadian history, so go there to get to know the Great White North.

winnipeg manitoba winter

Jasper, Alberta

Jasper is a Dark Sky Preserve, so stargazing and Northern Lights viewing is super easy here. Plus, the place is a goldmine for winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, and Tims drinking.

jasper stars

Whistler, British Columbia

Drive the Sea-to-Sky highway to Whistler to see unreal views, and hit up the town to enjoy the amazing skiing/snowboarding that they have to offer.

whistler

Montreal, Québec

Montreal’s the city of festivals in the winter, so head there from Feb 21 to Mar 3 to experience Montreal en Lumiere. You can also check out Igloofest and tons of amazing art, music and food!

montreal igloofest

Regina, Saskatchewan

Kite flying and snowboarding combined? Sign us up! Kite boarding’s the new must-try winter sport, so hit the prairies to take advantage of the wide open snowy landscape!

kiteboarding regina

That’s it that’s all! Happy exploring!

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