Despite the low temps, we’ll have you cheering “Oh Canada” in no time with these energizing events to keep you warm. Visit like a true local, and don’t forget to wish our friendly neighbour to the north a “Happy Birthday” as Canada celebrates their 150th birthday in 2017. In the meantime, bundle up and see why Canada rocks even in the middle of winter.
Quebec City, Quebec
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HÔTEL DE GLACE: Redesigned for 2017, experience magic and enchantment at the only hotel made entirely out of ice and snow in North America. Take a chilly tour around the one-of-a-kind architectural marvel and end the day with a cocktail served in an ice glass from the frozen bar. Plus, the Ice Hotel is surrounded by an entire vacation village with winter activities to celebrate the season.
WINTERLUDE FESTIVAL: Celebrate Canada’s climate and culture this February at the Winterlude Festival. Glide across the world’s largest naturally frozen ice skating rink, attend a culinary event sponsored by a great local restaurant, cheer on the Ice Dragon Boat races, or explore Snowflake Kingdom, North America’s largest snow playground. Check out the Winterlude Festival’s website for the full line up of events.
Experience Saskatoon Pass Plus is the perfect way to explore Saskatoon this winter! If you book a room at Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon, you can enjoy free or discounted rates at 20 of Saskatoon’s most popular events and attractions including Saskatchewan’s premiere winter festival, the WinterShines Festival. Come join in the fun and check out world-class ice carving competitions. Still feeling chilly? Stop by the professional chef soup cook off to warm your belly.
Vancouver, British Columbia
With mild winter weather, Vancouver offers fun, festive things to do for every traveller – from playing in the snow on nearby Grouse Mountain and biking through Stanley Park, to boutique shopping and bar hopping through the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. Consider yourself a foodie? Warm your belly with Vancouver’s best food and drinks during Dine Out Vancouver, a local favourite featuring unique culinary experiences from over 300 restaurants, or the Vancouver International Wine Festival, considered Canada’s premier food and wine event.
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Whether you’re staying for a week or just a night or two, time spent in Calgary is always time well spent. To keep warm in the winter there are lots of energizing events and activities that both locals and visitors can enjoy, like the annual High Performance Rodeo. Not a rodeo in the traditional sense, you won’t find much livestock here. Instead, this popular annual international arts festival features theatre, music, comedy and dance from around the world.
Check off your travel bucket list with a trip to Edmonton. Fuel up on coffee and stay up past midnight to experience one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders: the Northern Lights. Edmonton is one of the best places in North America to view the dancing lights. During the day, bundle up and explore the Ice Castles in nearby Hawrelak Park. Walk, crawl and slide through this magnificent, hand-crafted, icy winter wonderland.
BARBEGAZI: Barbegazi which means frozen beard and evokes Canadian’s love affair with all things winter, is a winter action sports festival. Come test your limits through a variety of free activities such as an obstacle course or wood cutting, just to name a few! Enjoy the heat zones and food trucks to refuel your energy for the next challenge. Happening weekends of Jan 6-8 and 13-15, 2017.
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE: One of the largest winter festivals in the world featuring a unique program combining performing arts, gastronomy, free outdoor family activities, and a full night of exquisitely original discoveries. Festival takes place February 23 through March 11, 2017.
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IGLOOFEST: What better way to spend winter in Montreal than with an outdoor music festival. For 11 years and counting, Montreal has hosted Igloofest, bringing together thousands of electronic dance music fans to dance the night away under the stars. Igloofest is one of the hottest events in the city– and this year, for Montreal’s 375th birthday Igloofest will span six weekends: Thursday through Saturday, January 12 through February 19, 2017.
Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec
WORLD JUNIOR HOCKEY: Toronto and Montreal will co-host the 41st IIHF World Junior Championships. Known simply as the World Juniors, this is an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) for national under-20 ice hockey teams from around the world. The main tournament features the top ten ranked hockey nations in the world, comprising the ‘Top Division,’ from which a world champion is crowned.
Across Canada | Skiing and Snowboarding
The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain: Located just two hours northwest of Toronto, The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain resort offers skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing and other iconic winter activities for the whole family to enjoy.
The Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant: Head 90 minutes northwest of Montreal to discover Tremblant. Ranked by National Geographic as one of the world’s Best 25 Ski Towns, this picturesque retreat features 96 pristine trails plus snowmobiling, dogsledding, tubing and more just steps from Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant.
The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler: Located just steps from both Whistler and Blackcomb mountain gondolas and in the center of Whistler Village, The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler was recently named a top resort in Canada by Condé Nast Traveler readers.