Today we are sharing some awesome Canadian Winter Getaways. Why you might ask? Well, as desis we tend to hibernate for the winter in our warmest coziest ugliest socks and the fleece hoodies that would never make it to Facebook. Is it the generations of warm weather living before us? Or perhaps the residual effect of all those “don’t go outside in the cold, you’ll get pneumonia”.
Well, while we do not advocate putting on your skimpiest saris and dancing in the snow a la Kajol in “Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Jaana Sanam”, we do think it’s time to break out of that winter rut. How? Celebrate winter and give yourself something to look forward to by planning a mini getaway! Don’t know where to go? Here are 8 Canadian Winter Getaways that will make you want to pack that puffer!
8 Canadian Winter Getaways
1. Mt Tremblant (Quebec)
Quebec’s most popular skiing village Mt Tremblant is must visit for it’s powdery soft snow, charming town, and beautiful spas. If you’re feeling a little extra adventurous then try snow mountain biking or dog sledding!
2. Ste Annes Spa (Ontario)
A luxury spa outside Toronto’s Ste Annes is a wonderful place for a couples weekend or a girls weekend. It is not just the spa services that are exceptional at this rustic but upscale locale, Ste Annes is also well known for it’s delicious food. Now that’s what we call living the good life!
3. Canmore (Alberta)
If you are looking for something family friendly and low key then Canmore, Alberta, a quaint resort town close to Banff may be just right for you. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the aquatic centres and climbing walls at Elevation Place. Other winter activities are ice climbing, cross country skiing, snow tubing and snow shoeing.
This perennial favourite outside Toronto is a great family-friendly weekend getaway. While the more active members of your family can take skiing lessons or go on the mountain coaster (so fun!), there is also a heated pool, lots of cute shops and restaurants and a spa!
Quebec City is a great option if you’re going with mixed age groups as it has something for everyone. A beautiful culture rich European style city, it offers several historic areas and sites to explore as well as noteworthy museums. For the winter sports buffs there are plenty of options in terms of skiing and snowboarding. If you time it right, i.e. between January 26th to February 11th you can even partake in the spectacular Winter Carnival.
6. Banff (Alberta)
No roundup of beautiful Canadian winter getaways would be complete without Banff. While Banff’s green beauty may wow you in the summer, it’s winter views are equally breathtaking. If you really want to take it all in you can go on a helicopter tour over Banff National Park. The winter sports enthusiast has lots to do in terms of skiing and snowboarding while those of us who prefer to sit back can take in the unbelievable feeling of hot springs on a wintry day.
7. Whistler (British Columbia)
Whistler has always been a world famous destination for winter sports buffs. Home to the Winter Olympics in 2010, Whistler boasts some incredible skiing runs and the village itself is lovely to just soak in especially around the holidays. With a lively shopping and food scene Whistler is also lovely to just unwind in. Looking for an adrenaline rush? Try Heliskiing or catskiing on it’s powdery slopes. Also fun: winter ziplining. Helpful hint – dress warmly.
8. Okanagan Valley (British Columbia)
Okanagan Valley is a picturesque BC landmark that is just as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer. The people here really celebrate winter in style with three different festivals! The first on the cards is the Wildlights Festival with it’s holiday themed lights show and activites. The Sun Peaks Winter Wine Festival runs from the 15th to the 24th overlapping slightly with Okanagan Wine and Dine (Jan 21 to Feb 7). Festivals aside, the Okanagan Valley is also a perfect venue for those looking to ski the weekend away!
Excited for the winter yet? These were some of our favourite Canadian Winter Getaways. Tell us where you want to go and what you are most excited to do when you get there!
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