Explore Canadian Winter Destinations and Enter to Win 50,000 IHG Rewards Club Pointsby
Winter is a great time to travel in Canada, not just to beat the blues, but because we have some stunning seasonal landscapes and attractions that truly shine at this time of year. We all know that there’s skating on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal and some awesome powder to shred at Whistler, but beyond these well-known destinations are a number of “hidden gems” just waiting to be discovered.
Explore Canadian Winter Destinations
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has put together the following winter travel destinations that you can discover as you celebrate the spirit of winter in Canada and explore our own, vast and diverse, backyard:
The town of St. Jacob’s Ontario is a popular summer destination, but the winter themed activities that take place as part of St. Jacob’s Sparkles are not to be missed. The entire town is decorated for the festive season, where pedestrians sip apple cider and watch carollers as they line the streets singing holiday songs. Visitors can also enjoy sleigh rides pulled by either deer or horses. Stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Waterloo-St. Jacobs when you visit.
Spend some time this winter in our nation’s capital and enjoy an old fashioned sleigh ride through Ottawa’s Greenbelt, or enjoy the festivities during Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival. Stay at Hotel Indigo Ottawa Downtown City Centre.
When the snow flies Quebec city is transformed into a winter paradise, with Carnaval de Quebec activities for everyone to enjoy, or take a winter stroll past the beautiful Palace Royale in Old Quebec. Adventurous winter travelers can enjoy a dog sled ride through forest trails with an option to stay overnight in the forest, or you can stay overnight with us at the Holiday Inn Express Quebec City (Sainte-Foy).
Our great lakes are just as great in the winter. Visit Sudbury, Ontario to ice skate around the perimeter of Ramsey Lake, or give ice fishing a try at one of the 330 freshwater lakes in the Greater Sudbury area. Warm up and get cozy while staying at the Holiday Inn Sudbury.
Explore the natural scenery and abundance of trails on Vancouver Island this winter by ski, snowboard or snowshoe. For the thrill seeker, heli-skiing is also available but definitely not for the faint of heart! Book your vacation today and stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Courtenay Comox Valley SW.
The Niagara region of Ontario is well known for its wine tours, but wine appreciation doesn’t stop when the snow flurries arrive. The Niagara Icewine Festival is an exciting celebration of food and flavours not to be missed. After a fun night of food and wine, enjoy a relaxing stay at the Holiday Inn St. Catherines.
When the temperature drops, the Maritimes become a winter wonderland. Visit The Grand Falls in New Brunswick to see the falls transformed into awe-inspiring columns of ice, or add Fredericton’s annual FROSTival to your winter travel checklist. Stay at the Crowne Plaza Fredericton-Lord Beaverbrook.
Another popular summertime destination in the Maritimes, Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia, is breathtaking when blanketed in a thin layer of snow. Pull on your warm winter clothes and watch the sun set against a backdrop of crashing waves and ice. Stay at the Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview.
There are eleven Provincial Parks in Northern Saskatchewan, including Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park. Plan a visit to take in the winter scenery and get a glimpse of the dazzling Northern Lights visible in the sky over the park. Stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Swift Current.
Wherever you choose to travel this season, InterContinental Hotels Group properties, including Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, are everywhere you want to be and available to help make your Canadian travel dreams a reality. They have seven well-known hotel brands, with more than 4,700 hotels and resorts in nearly 100 countries worldwide.
Enter to Win 50,000 IHG Rewards Club Points
IHG Rewards Club points are earned on every stay and help your travel budget go even further. You can then redeem them towards hotel stays, travel or even items in the IHG Rewards Club Catalogue. To encourage your travel this season, I have 50,000 IHG Rewards Club points to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:
- Leave a comment on this post naming an iconic Canadian winter destination or event you would like to visit (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. The winner will need to sign-up or already be an IHG Rewards Club member to redeem and manage the points.
Update The winner is Shannon!
115 Comments — Comments Are Closed
I’d love to visit Quebec City in the wintertime.
Visiting the Yukon for some dog sledding and Northern Lights action would be incredible!
I want this
It would definitely have to be The Northern Lights! Definitely an item on my bucket list!!!!
Edit* to go see the northern lights.
I would love to go to carnaval de Québec!!!
Would love to go to Ottawa
The Northern lights for sure.
The Yukon to see the Northern Lights!
So many amazing destinations in our Canadian winter:) I would love to go to the ice palace in Montreal
Anywhere North enough to see the Northern Lights. The Yukon perhaps.
I really want to visit Quebec City in the winter time. Must be magical!
Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park
Love to go to the Maritimes, coves, greenery, anything Anne of Green Gables-esque.
The Grand Falls – I have always wanted to visit the East Coast
Quebec and the Carnaval de Quebec. I have never been to that part of Canada and it is on my list.
The Northern Lights were always on my bucketlist! I’d love to witness this 🙂
Niagra Ice Wine Festival
Carnival in Quebec City in the winter.
Carnival de Quebec
I’d go to Niagara Icewine Festival hands downs!
I would like to go to the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise someday.
Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park
Would love to visit Toronto!
I would love to go to Quebec City for their winter carnival
I want to go see Niagara Falls.
i tweeeted: @aarbear251
This is a good one, Old Montreal first then Sun Peaks.
I’d love to visit Churchill to see the polar bears!
Carnaval de Quebec
Quebec. Never been, wanna go.
Ice wine festival sounds amazing!
The Aurora Borealis for sure. And Banff along the way!
Dog sledding in the yukon!
Yellowknife for the northern lights
Definitely Quebec during the Carnaval de Quebec and a meet & greet with Bon Homme 🙂
Quebec City for the Carnaval de Quebec of course would be epic.
i’d love to see the northen lights in the yukon!
The Grand Falls in New Brunswick
Would love to go to Winterlude in Ottawa
Absolutely the Northern Lights – in Saskatchewan or the Yukon perhaps.
I would love to visit Yellowknife in winter
The Yukon to see the Northern Lights!
Would love to take our daughter to Quebec to experience Carnaval de Quebec and try real maple syrup. She just completed a school project on Quebec and this would be a huge surprise!
The Northern lights
I would love to see the Norther Lights shining over the North West Territories.
Carnaval de Quebec looks really fun
Carnaval de Quebec looks really fun0
Northern Lights, yes please!
Would love to visit New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Quebec.
Winterlude! in Ottawa
I would love to visit Lake Louise in the winter! It looks amazing ❤️
I’d love to see the Northern Lights in Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park!
Carnival a Québec!
Carnaval de Quebec would be my favourite event to visit
I’d love to stay at the Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview.
It has been my dream to leave my “Vancouver comfort zone, and attend Carnaval de Quebec. This prize would surely make this attainable! Thanks for the Awesome Chance!
Heli-skiing in the interior BC!
The Northern Lights
I would love to go to Carnaval de Québec!!!!
Quebec City for sure!
Quebec City for sure.
Skiing on Vancouver Island (Comox area)
The Yukon to see the Northern lights would be epic!
Old Quebec in Quebec City would be quite a treat
I would love to explore the area around Jasper, AB!
I would love to experience Carnaval de Quebec
Whistler… especially the whistler Olympic park.
Would love to go t o Carnaval de Québec!
Skiing at Whistler, BC.
would love to see the northern light!
Quebec City! Carnaval!
The dazzling Northern Lights
I’d like to see Banff!
My iconic destination would be the Yukon to see the northern lights.
would love to go to carnaval de Québec
Carnival de Quebec!
Winter carnival in Quebec City
Skating on the Rideau is my Canadian iconic winter destination
I would love to go to Quebec City
I would love to attend Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival.
All the destinations sound amazing but I would love to go skate on the canal!!
Thank you for having this giveaway!
world ski and snow fest – whistler BC
I would love to see the Carnaval de Quebec! Thank you for the contest!
I would love to go to Quebec City. What a nice contest!!!
Caranaval in Quebec would be awesome!!
See the dancing northern lights in Yellowknife
Niagara Ice Wine Festival
I want to see the Northern Lights! I have always been fascinated by it.
I would like to skate on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.
Winterlude in Ottawa
Carnaval de Quebec
Carnaval de Quebec is so wintry their snowman needs a toque
I am dying to see Montreal!
Carnaval De Quebec would be a wonderful experience.
I would like to visit northern Canada provinces – Yukon or NWT and live life in the snow & dark.
Would love to go to Montreal