Winter vacationing doesn’t have to be away from Canada. You can also vacation within Canada and enjoy snow-inspired fun. Yes, winter can be fun and an opportunity to experience the awesomeness and beauty of ice. Do not allow cold conditions and the fact that it gets dark faster make snuggling in bed a preferred option in winter.
Almost all provinces in Canada have fun activities tied to winter depending on the amount of snowfall they experience. Have you thought of something for your family and friends? Do not fret over the cold, kids love it, and adults warm up to it. With the right kit and gear, you are all good to go. Whatever choice you make, be sure to add some form of games/activities to your bucket list this winter. Here are five places you can add to your itinerary this winter:
Rideau Canal Skateway
Plan a family visit to the world’s largest skating rink measuring 7.8 kilometers long, located in downtown Ottawa, Ontario. One of the beauties of this fun place is that even rookies in skating are welcomed. An instructor can be assigned to help you sharpen your skating skill. Also, you do not need to worry about having the necessary skating kits. This can be rented at the location. The Rideau Canal Skateway opens from early January to early March.
Snow Maze in Winnipeg
Don’t pass on the opportunity to visit the world’s largest snow maze between January and March. Kids love this place as they get to slide down the snow, challenge their creativity making snow carvings, build snow mountains and snow maze.
Snowshoeing in Banff
If you thought Banff was only great for summer vacation, you’re wrong. Banff has several snowshoeing trails that are perfect for beginners and experts alike. Enjoy beautiful views and wildlife on these trails from late December to April. Don’t have a pair of snowshoes? Don’t worry, you’ll have a good selection of options in the shops in Banff to buy or rent.
Brighten Your Winter at the Festival of Light in Ontario
The annual Festival of Light has begun in Ontario and will last until late-February. Enjoy the spectacular display of light in Niagara and take Instagram-worthy pictures by the frozen fall. While you are at it, don’t forget to check out the line-up of family-friendly events.
Winter Camping with a Fire Pit
Are you up for some winter camping? Several provinces are making plans to have designated winter fire pits and campsites. If you have a big backyard, you can also setup up your own fire pit. This is a great bonding opportunity for family and friends. Roast some food, share a laugh, drink coffee or hot chocolate, and warm up in winter. You would need to bring your own propane though to light your fire.
The need to bundle up as you explore these attractions cannot be over emphasized. Failure to do this detracts from the fun and benefit of being outdoors. But before you make any arrangements to visit these places or engage in any activity, find out the COVID-19 restrictions for your community and how it affects your outdoor plan. Remember, the pandemic is not over but we individually have a part to play in ensuring our lives get back to normal.