Winter in Canada may be chilly, but it has plenty to offer both the adventure seeker and city slicker.
What's the weather like in Canada in winter?
The Rockies winter is long. Calgary, however, does not get much snow, but it stays around in the higher altitudes; Banff and Canmore may get two feet in April. Southern Alberta gets winter relief from warm Chinook winds.
Eastern Canada, including Toronto and Montreal, has a shorter, fierce winter: mostly sub-zero temps and -20°C (-4°F) not uncommon. At least one or two snowfalls of eight inches or more will likely hit in Jan and Feb.
If you're visiting Canada in winter, learn how to dress for cold weather.
Cold winters are a reality in most parts of Canada, so Canadians embrace them and make them fun. Some of the more popular winter activities include downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. Hotels and resorts will often offer packages that include these activities.
Of course, holing up in a cozy resort or spa provides a nice respite from the Canadian winter. Many of Canada's best spas offer winter getaway packages.
As long as you're dressed properly, visit one of Canada's most popular cities for fine dining, culture or shopping. During the winter months, most hotels will offer discounted rates that include activities in the city.
Canada Winter Vacation IdeasSome winter vacation ideas in Canada include a visit to the Quebec Ice Hotel, located just outside of Quebec City - also home to the world's biggest winter carnival, the Quebec Winter Carnival.
The country's capital, Ottawa puts on Winterlude, a winter festival that takes place over three weekends every February. A major highlight is skating the Rideau Canal, a 7.8 km (just under 5 miles) waterway that becomes the world's largest skating rink in freezing conditions.