Canada’s 8 Best Winter Getaways Denis Pepin /

Canada’s 8 Best Winter Getaways

Canadian’s don’t bother hibernating in the winters, they embrace it and this country is the perfect place to enjoy an awesome winter getaway. Whether you live in Canada and are looking for somewhere to enjoy twinkling lights, outdoor activities and awesome festivals or you are visiting from out of the country and just want some of the down home hospitality Canadians are so well known for, there is a winter getaway for you. From one end of the country to the other, discover the top 8 winter getaways in Canada.

8. Ottawa, Ontario

There is one famous activity that brings over one million people to Ottawa in the wintertime and that is the skating on the Rideau Canal. This famous 7.8 km long skateway takes place on the picture perfect Rideau Canal during the months of January and February. Slide, twirl and whisk your way along the ice while you take in views of the impressive parliament buildings and the beauty Chateau Laurier hotel. Weekends here in February are home to Winterlude, the capital’s annual seasonal celebration where skaters will find chalets and stands selling everything from hot chocolate to Beaver Tails to delicious maple taffy. Ottawa gets lit up with Christmas lights and there is something magical about strolling the streets while the snow gently falls in this nations capital.

Ottawa, Canada

7. St. John’s, Newfoundland

If you want snow, and plenty of snow, St. John’s is the perfect winter getaway for you. The city offers a plethora of winter activities, the chance to enjoy the dramatic coastline, friendly locals and a range of accommodations. Try your hand at ice-skating in the oldest and most historic park in the province, Bannerman Park or head to the year-round zipline adventure company where you will go whisking through the air in the snowy conditions. Pippy Park offers skiers and snowshoers two networks of incredible trails with beautiful scenery. Getting to a hockey game here is a must and join thousands of others as you cheer on the AHL IceCaps. Dine with locals, enjoy the live music of the East coast and stay in friendly B&B’s as you make your way through this awesome city and surrounding area.

Newfoundland, Canada
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