December 5, 2018
The Best Holiday Getaways in Canada!
It’s that time of the year where the weather can get pretty cold. You may feel the urge to escape this and head down south, but if you stay, Canada can offer many other options involving the cold weather and the snow that make the harsh winters worth it! Did you know that Canada placed No. 1 on the Lonely Planet’s List for “Best in Travel 2017”? Canada is a hot spot for travel destinations so why not end your year seeing what Canada has to offer? Whether you are looking for a quick trip or a longer stay, take a look at the list below to see some of Canada’s best getaway destinations for this holiday season:
1. Banff, Alberta: Lake Louise is located in Banff National Park, just under two hours away from Calgary. This lake is turquoise in colour and sits in between two mountains which makes it pretty iconic. The historic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is located right on the lake front with spectacular views. Lake Louise becomes a skating rink once it freezes over, perfect for hikes, snowshoeing, skiing or dogsledding.
2. Whistler, British Columbia: Visit Whistler, a popular North American ski resort. Spend all day on the slopes and unwind in the alpine Village at the base of the twin ski hills at night. Whistler is located less than a two hour drive from Vancouver and offers sophisticated dining options and so much more.
3. Ottawa, Ontario: Ottawa is quite popular in the winter as it is known for ice skating on the Rideau Canal, BeaverTails, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking in the Gatineau, and lastly, the architecturally stunning Parliament building. Ottawa is also the nation’s capital, so it tends to attract many tourists especially during the holiday months. Did you know the Rideau Canal Skateway is the largest natural outdoor skating rink in the entire world!
4. Whitehorse, Yukon: Into some hardcore adventures up north? To get the full Yukon experience, head there in the winter and experience the aurora borealis, backcountry dogsledding, stay in a luxury yurt or lodge and relax by the fire.
5. Quebec City, Quebec: Quebec City transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season as it mimics a European festival. The city is surrounded by 400 year old walls and along the streets you will find little stands and shops offering hand-painted wooden toys, delicate ornaments, locally crafted cheeses, fresh sausages and mulled wine. There are also fireworks, outdoor concerts and dance parties!
There are so many other places to visit in Canada during the holiday season, however these 5 are our top favourites!
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