Canadian winters have a lot more going for them than just great skiing opportunities. With hot springs, winter glamping, and ice caving on offer, you certainly won’t struggle to find plenty of winter activities to keep you warm and entertained. Time to don your thermals, pop on a beanie and experience all the beauty of winter in Canada.
Love the outdoors but not keen on the cold? Canada has an abundance of natural hot springs ready to keep those winter chills at bay. Take a dip in a scenic hot spring while watching the snow fall softly around you. If you don’t believe in magic, this experience will certainly change your mind. There are plenty of hot springs to choose from, and these are among our favourites:
Liard River Hot Springs, which is one of the largest natural hot spring in Canada and it is simply stunning. There are eight pools, but only one is open to bathers. The pool is located within Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park in northern British Columbia. With temperatures between 42 to 52°C, this hot spring is sure to fill you with warmth.
Hot Springs Cove, which is located on Vancouver Island at Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, can only be accessed by air or sea, followed by a two-kilometre hike. The water temperature bubbles out of the ground at around 47°C, cascading into a series of natural rock pools which are cooled by the incoming Pacific Ocean surf.
Canada has some of the most picturesque and diverse landscapes in the world, including stunning ice caves that are hidden under glaciers. There are hundreds to explore throughout Canada, many of which display ice formations only during the winter. Some of the most spectacular are the ice caves of Ontario near Lake Superior and Booming Ice Chasm of the Canadian Rockies. Although ice-caving is not suitable for amateurs to experience alone, there are plenty of tour options with experienced guides. Be sure to dress warm, look where you step, and have a camera at the ready.
Let loose your inner adrenaline junkie with ice climbing – a winter activity that is not for the faint of heart. It can be incredibly challenging and physically demanding, but for those who feel inspired to scale new heights, frozen waterfalls and towering ice walls, it is an incredibly rewarding winter adventure. Ghost River Valley, Bow Valley, and Stanley Headwall in the Canadian Rockies all know how to draw a crowd of ice climbers. There are options for climbers of all levels, and if you’re a beginner, it’s worth seeking out some guidance from an expert in the field.
Want to add a little glamour to your camping? When it comes to glamping in a Canadian winter, you need to know you’re going to enjoy comfort and luxury (and keep warm). Being outdoors with stunning scenery, fresh air and a toasty fire is the perfect remedy to the winter blues. Stay in specially designed yurts or cottages, cozy up by the fire and try your hand at counting the stars in the sky. With glamping on the rise, there is no shortage of options.
Some of our favourites include Ridgeback Lodge (open year-round), Outpost Co. (March to September), and Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (March to September).
Image courtesy of Ridgeback Lodge
The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, has amazed people for millennia. This phenomenal display of green and purple light dancing across the night sky is one of Mother Nature’s most breathtaking displays. Some of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis are: Yellowknife, Goose Bay, Manitoba’s Hudson Bay, and the prairie provinces of Canada. Be sure to escape artificial lights to experience the full majesty of the Aurora Borealis.
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