Top 5 Winter Vacation Destinations in Canada
Among the top five offers for an unforgettable winter vacation in Canada
are the Ice Hotel in Quebec
, Skiing Whistler in BC
, Snowmobiling in Newfoundland and Labrador
, town of Churchill, and Winterlude in Ottawa
The Ice Hotel in Quebec
The first stop of the journey is a hotel built entirely of ice blocks, located in Canada’s province of Quebec. The Quebec Ice Hotel is, in fact, the only of its kind in North America. Although the hotel is built in a different place every year, it is located not far away from the center of Quebec City
, and it is usually some twenty minutes away from the Quebec Airport.
Before checking in, the guests of the Quebec Ice Hotel are advised to leave their valuable possessions in locker rooms, while the hotel’s administration is housed in a simple lodge near the main building.
With temperatures of -3 and -5 C inside the hotel, the place won’t give you a warm welcome, unless your heart is brimming over with love or enthusiasm. Because the hotel’s walls are made of four-feet thick ice, temperatures above 0 C may seriously compromise the guests’ safety, as the hotel will begin to thaw.
Skiing in Whistler BC
The resort of Whistler Blackcomb is Canada’s top destination for ardent ski lovers and brave snowboarders. The vacation planning tool on the resort’s official website will help you arrange your perfect skiing holiday. Last minute deals from CAD 79 per person per night (CAD 66 in the summer) and three-night packages for CAD 99 are some of the best accommodation options in the resort. If you visit Whistler, do not forget to take the unique gondola cabin lift, spanning over a 4.4 km distance between the resort and the Blackcomb Mountains.
Snowmobiling in Newfoundland and Labrador
Some say that the snowmobile is the ultimate form of transportation in Newfoundland and Labrador. Indeed if your idea of relaxation includes raving engines and long trips through the white winter world, this is your place. The local people will show you several exciting snowmobiling routes around the peninsula. As to the accommodation, there are about thirty two and three star lodges and hotels in the province, so finding a place to stay should not be a problem in this area.
The town of Churchill – the polar bear capital of the world
The town of Churchill in the Canadian province of Manitoba
is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Bird watching, beluga whale watching, taking a polar bear tour onboard some of the special tundra vehicles – these are only a small part of the activities you can enjoy in this fantastic place. Visit Churchill town’s website for more information about travel and accommodation.
Winterlude in Ottawa
If you plan to visit the Canadian province of Ottawa in early February, do not miss the Winterlude festival, featuring ice sculptures, craftsmen, artists, a snow playground and the longest skating rink in the world. The Winterlude festival takes place every weekend from the 5th to the 21st of February.