Best Places to Visit in Canada in the Winter

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Two things come to mind when people think of Canada; cold, snowy weather and extremely nice people. Both of these things are true, so why not make it your next winter vacation destination? You will experience super-friendly people, cold weather, stunning landscapes and lots of outdoor activity to keep you busy.

Most people plan to visit Canada in the spring or summer, and it’s perfectly understandable; who wants to go on holiday when it’s freezing out with nothing but snow all day and all night?

But guess what? Visiting Canada in the winter is a smart idea.

There are many places to see in Canada through the seasons, but if you are on a budget the best time to visit is when temperatures drop, as prices drop too. Think of it as their low season; you’ll be able to get great accommodation, meals and travel at an affordable cost.

January happens to be the coldest month in this wonderful country, so prices are lowest then, and you don’t have to jostle for room with other tourists. You can schedule a visit for early February, but remember schools go on spring break around mid-month, and many families and tourists take a small vacation then.

What are the best places to visit in Canada during winter?

  • Banff

Banff sits in the middle of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and is one of the best places you can visit in Canada during winter. It not only has fantastic panoramas all round, it is also close home to some of the best ski resorts in Canada. You can choose between Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louis Ski Resort, or you can visit and enjoy all three.

If you have never been skiing a visit to Banff is the perfect opportunity to learn; there are guides in each ski resort to help you make your way around the slopes. If skiing isn’t your thing there are lots of views to take in, as well as trails to explore.

  • Whistler

Many people who know a bit about Canada have heard of Whistler; it is one of North America’s ski resorts. It can get pretty crowded in winter because lots of people arrive to enjoy the slopes but it’s definitely worth a visit.

Located just a couple of hours’ drive from Vancouver, it is more than a ski resort. It’s home to a great community of people who have made it their business to make the place a welcome destination for tourists.

You will have your pick of top restaurants that serve different types of cuisines, you can relax in one of the numerous spas in the area and at night, you can while the hours away in a bar or nightclub of your choice.

  • Vancouver

If you’ve had enough of the ski slopes you can head to Vancouver. There is something glorious and magical about this city in the winter that’s hard to describe; you’ll just have to go there and see it for yourself.

While there, make sure to schedule a visit to Grouse Mountain, Gastown, Granville Island and the Vancouver Art Gallery. The bakeries in Vancouver have delicacies unlike any other place in North America so don’t be surprised if you overload on carbs on your visit.

You must also make time for Capilano Suspension Bridge for majestic views, and Sunshine Coast for a spot of fishing and back-country adventure.

This are just some of the places you can visit in Canada in winter. Canada through the seasons is amazing too, so make plans to visit in spring, summer and autumn.

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