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!