The Best Winter Towns To Explore In Canada

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While there are a number of amazing places to visit in Canada, there’s nothing quite like visiting an amazing town during the winter.

From outdoor skating on frozen ponds, to getting lost on cobblestone streets while sipping cocoa, these places are pure magic in the winter.

Winter Towns In Canada


Best Winter TownsHome to Whistler Blackcomb, this charming town attracts people from around the world for its world class terrain. As one of the largest ski resorts in North America, it boasts reliably deep snow and incredible runs. In addition, Whistler Village is a charming place to stay in with 5 star accommodations, shopping, delectable cuisine and more. Also, the Scandinave Spa looks completely magical during the winter.


Best Winter Towns

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Located within Banff National Park, this resort town is scattered with château-style hotels. With charming mountain views, three amazing ski hills all within driving distance from the town. Banff also has man-made outdoor rinks and frozen lakes, which are perfect for skating. Also, the town boasts hot-springs that are fabulous during the nippy weather.

Old Quebec

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With over 400 cm each year, this walled city transforms into a magical winter wonderland. The historic neighbourhood is purely enchanting during the winter. The cobblestone streets are brimming with lively holiday markets and everything is in walking distance. Strolling these streets feels decidedly more European, which adds to its romance. In addition, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Niagara falls

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The world’s largest illuminated Canadian/American flag and over 3 million lights are on display at the annual Festival of Lights. in addition, the iconic Niagara Falls is lit up in a colourful display. They even host weekly fireworks above the falls. There are also a litany of other events and markets to enjoy, making it a truly charming place to visit during the winter.


Best Winter Towns

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Located in Northern Manitoba, Churchill is famous for its polar bears. In fact, it has earned the nickname “Polar Bear Capital of the World.” The beautiful white bears inhabit the area in the fall, and tours in tundra vehicles allow visitors to see them in their natural habitat. In addition, it is one of the best places to experience the northern lights.


One need only take a short stroll with one of the town’s many walking tours to feel immersed in the past. As a matter of fact, Nelson Kootney Lake notes that, “Nelson has more lovingly restored heritage buildings per capita than anywhere else in the province.”

Aside from its beatnik allure, this charming town is also known as the best ski town in North America. In fact, Nelson acquires abundant snowfall in the winter months, which makes it an ideal stomping group for alpine activities.

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