With Christmas coming around the corner, how ready are you for all the winter fun-fare such as snow and ski-ing?
Whats the best way to welcome the cold winter holidays if not – visiting Canada – a snowy wonderland.
Here’s a few reasons why this country is an absolutely amazing destination, from northern lights in Whitehose to whistler winter activities with family and friends.
Top 6 Canada Winter Outdoor Adventures to Do:
1. Hiking around the Frozen Lake Louise, Banff
Banff-Lake Louise is one of the best places to visit during winter, as the entire town will have an amazing Christmas atmosphere, with the glowing fairy lights, log cabins, fire places and snowy backdrop with the stunning rocky mountains.
Spend a day to visit Lake Louise and admire the beautiful ice-carvings on the frozen lake.
2. Soak in Amazing Hot Springs in Whitehorse, Yukon
When you get a chance to go up north towards Whitehorse Yukon, the best way to end a cold winter’s day is to soak your exhausted frozen bodies in the hot springs – Takhini Hot Springs. The view was amazing and this particular hot spring we visited was very near the Yukon wildlife reserve, where there are amazing winter creatures to seek out.
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3. Whistler Winter Activites – Skiing and Snowboarding
Not named one of the top ski destinations in the world for no reason, Whistler winter activities is a big draw to Canadians and travellers from all around. Whistler is a stunning and popular ski destination for both beginners to advance ski-ers from all around the world. The best bit of it is always the fashion show – you get to marvel people in different colourful fashionable ski jackets and gear.
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4. Dog Sledding in Whitehorse, Yukon
Dog sledding is probably one of the most fun things I have ever experienced in my life, and it takes great skill and control too. I had 4 amazing doggies with different personalities and it takes a lot of focus and maneuvering of the sled to make sure they don’t fly off with my sled at top speed.
5. Climbing Grouse Mountain in Vancouver to find the bears
Grouse mountain is one of the most popular mountains near Vancouver that has runners racing up it daily. Depending on your stamina, you can choose to hike up via 2 different routes, or take the cable car up to the top.
My amazing Belgium friend convinced me to take the steeper hike with her. Given I am not exactly out of shape, I agreed as I didnt think much how difficult could it be.
10 minutes into the hike. I was dying. It was such a steep hike with high steps up to your knee all the way. And to make matters worse, I was in the wrong attire.
We started off at the base at 15 degrees, but by the time we got to the top, we were surrounded by snow and my body was confused between conserving heat or releasing it, as I was both sweating and shivering at the same time. BUT, the view up there was amazing and we followed the BEAR PAWS on the gravel ground to go towards the bear enclosure where he was hibernating.
6. Staying in a cosy cabin in Banff (with a view like that!)
We were blessed with having an amazing lodge to stay at in when in Banff. It was a really lovely cabin and they gave us their best room. It had a balcony with a view of the rocky mountains. Utterly stunning and I couldn’t stop staring out of the window to enjoy the view.
Hence this sums up the list of Canada winter outdoor adventures to do this December and all the way till end of winter.
What else have I missed out? Do share the list.
For more winter fun in Canada, check out the article on aurora/ northern lights in Canada.