One of Canada’s best features is the changing seasons. From coast to coast you know that at some point the weather you’ve grown to know and love is going to shift into something new you’ll grow to know and love. Fall brings a changing kaleidoscope of colours, temperatures and travel opportunities. Winter brings opportunities to embrace the crisp winds and the white, fluffy stuff or flee indoors to cozy blankets and fireplaces. Both hold the potential for shoulder season rates and distinct experiences. These travel ideas are as Canadian as poutine on the dock with a double double.
Skate the Rideau Canal and Enjoy a Beaver Tale After
Ring in the New Year in the Nation’s capital and be sure to fit in a quintessentially Canadian experience: skating on the Rideau Canal, in view of the parliament buildings. Work up an appetite on the ice, and then indulge in another distinctly Canadian treat – the Beaver Tale (fried dough). Make it true Canadiana and warm up with a Double Double too (for our non-Canadian friends, that’s a coffee, Tim Horton’s coffee to be exact, with two creams and two sugars).
Cold Weather Camping on Vancouver Island
Think camping season is over? Think again! When you head to Canada’s most temperate climate, you can still lay out your sleeping bag in the woods in the fall and even the winter (dress well). Vancouver Island offers some of the province’s best camping opportunities – from the wild west coast of the island (Tofino, Port Renfrew), to areas mid to north island (like Campbell River).
Carnaval de Quebec
Add Carnaval de Quebec to your Canadian bucket list and experience the best in winter celebrations. Take in parades, venture into an ice castle and see world-class snow sculptures. Stay tuned for the complete program.
Ski in Whistler
Canada has many accessible and challenging ski hills and Whistler, British Columbia is one of the best. It’s world-class in fact. Whistler is for more than just ski buffs: it really has something for everyone. Read about what to do in Whistler, even if you don’t love the cold.
What is your favourite Canadian travel experience for the fall and winter?