Explore Canadian Winter Destinations and Enter to Win 50,000 IHG Rewards Club Points

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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)
RT to enter to win 50,000 @IHGrewardsclub points from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/XADZP

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!

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115 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. LCWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 10:13am PST

    Peggy’s cove

  2. Alex DWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 10:21am PST

    I’d love to visit Quebec City in the wintertime.

  3. MariskaWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 10:23am PST

    Visiting the Yukon for some dog sledding and Northern Lights action would be incredible!

  4. Dali shawWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 10:41am PST

    I want this

  5. Bernadette EstradaWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 10:42am PST

    It would definitely have to be The Northern Lights! Definitely an item on my bucket list!!!!

  6. Dali shawWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 10:42am PST

    Edit* to go see the northern lights.

  7. Bernadette EstradaWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 10:43am PST

    Retweeted @bella_6969

  8. MaryanneWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 11:01am PST

    I would love to go to carnaval de Québec!!!

  9. janWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 11:26am PST

    Would love to go to Ottawa

  10. christopheWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 11:27am PST

    The Northern lights for sure.

  11. RobWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 12:03pm PST

    The Yukon to see the Northern Lights!

  12. Lisa GWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 12:26pm PST

    So many amazing destinations in our Canadian winter:) I would love to go to the ice palace in Montreal

  13. Leanne SWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 1:10pm PST

    Anywhere North enough to see the Northern Lights. The Yukon perhaps.

  14. AmandineWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 2:11pm PST

    I really want to visit Quebec City in the winter time. Must be magical!

  15. Tiffany OttahalWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 2:18pm PST

    Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park

  16. IsabelWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 2:19pm PST

    Love to go to the Maritimes, coves, greenery, anything Anne of Green Gables-esque.

  17. CarolynWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 2:39pm PST

    The Grand Falls – I have always wanted to visit the East Coast

  18. KristyWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 2:56pm PST

    Quebec and the Carnaval de Quebec. I have never been to that part of Canada and it is on my list.

  19. MaryWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 3:27pm PST

    The Northern Lights were always on my bucketlist! I’d love to witness this 🙂

  20. ShirleyWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 3:59pm PST

    Northern Lights.

  21. caroline m.Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 4:10pm PST


  22. Don McQueenWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 5:47pm PST

    Niagra Ice Wine Festival

  23. Jason BWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 5:54pm PST

    Carnival in Quebec City in the winter.

  24. IainWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 7:15pm PST

    Carnival de Quebec

  25. Claus GurumetaWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 7:29pm PST

    I’d go to Niagara Icewine Festival hands downs!

  26. Iris NWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 7:55pm PST

    I would like to go to the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise someday.

  27. KatyWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 8:06pm PST

    Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park

  28. TarrahWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 8:07pm PST

    Montreal City❤️❤️❤️❤️

  29. JeffWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 8:45pm PST

    Would love to visit Toronto!

  30. Carol MWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 8:50pm PST

    I would love to go to Quebec City for their winter carnival

  31. EileenWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 9:51pm PST

    I want to go see Niagara Falls.

  32. aarone mawdsleyWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 10:02pm PST

    Stanley park!

    i tweeeted: @aarbear251

  33. GideonWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 10:16pm PST

    This is a good one, Old Montreal first then Sun Peaks.

  34. missbobloblawWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 10:19pm PST

    I’d love to visit Churchill to see the polar bears!

  35. missbobloblawWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 10:20pm PST

    I tweeted:

  36. KimWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 10:27pm PST

    Carnaval de Quebec

  37. TerrySWednesday, January 27th, 2016 — 10:45pm PST

    Quebec. Never been, wanna go.

  38. laura dThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 12:34am PST

    Quebec Carnivale

  39. JasonThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 5:49am PST

    Quebec City

  40. AmandaThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 7:13am PST

    Ice wine festival sounds amazing!

  41. DennisThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 8:13am PST

    The Aurora Borealis for sure. And Banff along the way!

  42. HannahThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 9:14am PST

    Dog sledding in the yukon!

  43. MagThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 9:49am PST


  44. Lori MThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 10:01am PST

    Yellowknife for the northern lights

  45. Marina PetruzzelliThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 10:27am PST

    Definitely Quebec during the Carnaval de Quebec and a meet & greet with Bon Homme 🙂

  46. MarcThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 10:49am PST

    Quebec City for the Carnaval de Quebec of course would be epic.

  47. DarcyThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 10:56am PST

    Whistler, BC

  48. tracy kThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 11:27am PST

    i’d love to see the northen lights in the yukon!

  49. Arjun RudraThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 11:36am PST

    The Grand Falls in New Brunswick

  50. NicoleThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 2:10pm PST

    Would love to go to Winterlude in Ottawa

  51. lorThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 2:16pm PST

    Absolutely the Northern Lights – in Saskatchewan or the Yukon perhaps.

  52. Steve PThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 3:33pm PST

    I would love to visit Yellowknife in winter

  53. Annie LThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 3:52pm PST

    The Yukon to see the Northern Lights!

  54. PatThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 5:20pm PST

    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!

  55. Debbie FThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 6:14pm PST

    The Northern lights

  56. AimeeThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 6:45pm PST


  57. AlexThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 6:49pm PST

    I would love to see the Norther Lights shining over the North West Territories.

  58. karenThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 7:13pm PST

    Carnaval de Quebec looks really fun

  59. karenThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 7:14pm PST

    Carnaval de Quebec looks really fun0

  60. susannahThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 7:33pm PST

    Northern Lights, yes please!

  61. RoboanThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 7:42pm PST

    Quebec City!

  62. taraThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 7:46pm PST

    Would love to visit New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Quebec.

  63. MarkThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 9:40pm PST

    Winterlude! in Ottawa

  64. Andrea DThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 10:44pm PST

    I would love to visit Lake Louise in the winter! It looks amazing ❤️

  65. SusanThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 10:56pm PST

    I’d love to see the Northern Lights in Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park!

  66. Maya McDonaldThursday, January 28th, 2016 — 11:00pm PST

    Carnival a Québec!

  67. OmidFriday, January 29th, 2016 — 6:05am PST

    Carnaval de Quebec would be my favourite event to visit

  68. LindsayFriday, January 29th, 2016 — 8:38am PST

    I’d love to stay at the Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview.

  69. PaulineFriday, January 29th, 2016 — 9:50am PST

    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!

  70. AlexFriday, January 29th, 2016 — 10:12am PST

    Heli-skiing in the interior BC!

  71. WallyFriday, January 29th, 2016 — 1:30pm PST


  72. DaneFriday, January 29th, 2016 — 4:38pm PST

    Northern lights!

  73. GaryFriday, January 29th, 2016 — 11:57pm PST

    The Northern Lights

  74. BradSaturday, January 30th, 2016 — 12:31am PST

    I would love to go to Carnaval de Québec!!!!

  75. HeidiSaturday, January 30th, 2016 — 12:51am PST

    Quebec City for sure!

  76. Steve v.Saturday, January 30th, 2016 — 6:48am PST

    Quebec City for sure.

  77. LauraSaturday, January 30th, 2016 — 6:49am PST

    Skiing on Vancouver Island (Comox area)

  78. Diane ToSaturday, January 30th, 2016 — 7:43am PST

    Whistler, BC

  79. melanieSaturday, January 30th, 2016 — 12:35pm PST

    The Yukon to see the Northern lights would be epic!

  80. trevorSaturday, January 30th, 2016 — 2:09pm PST

    Old Quebec in Quebec City would be quite a treat

  81. Tanya HSaturday, January 30th, 2016 — 2:21pm PST

    I would love to explore the area around Jasper, AB!

  82. SusanSaturday, January 30th, 2016 — 2:22pm PST

    I would love to experience Carnaval de Quebec

  83. rominaSaturday, January 30th, 2016 — 2:33pm PST

    Whistler… especially the whistler Olympic park.

  84. Adam SSaturday, January 30th, 2016 — 3:25pm PST

    Banff, Alberta

  85. Adam SSaturday, January 30th, 2016 — 3:25pm PST

    Would love to go t o Carnaval de Québec!

  86. DebsSaturday, January 30th, 2016 — 6:04pm PST

    Skiing at Whistler, BC.

  87. DebbieSaturday, January 30th, 2016 — 6:31pm PST

    Whistler, BC

  88. Alan HUangSunday, January 31st, 2016 — 9:54am PST

    would love to see the northern light!

  89. Lisa MartinSunday, January 31st, 2016 — 4:31pm PST

    Quebec City! Carnaval!

  90. TonyMonday, February 1st, 2016 — 12:24am PST

    The dazzling Northern Lights

  91. angela griffinMonday, February 1st, 2016 — 6:09am PST

    I’d like to see Banff!

  92. Mike GismondiMonday, February 1st, 2016 — 6:10am PST

    My iconic destination would be the Yukon to see the northern lights.

  93. DavidMonday, February 1st, 2016 — 7:00am PST

    would love to go to carnaval de Québec

  94. JulianMonday, February 1st, 2016 — 1:27pm PST

    Carnival de Quebec!

  95. JeanneMonday, February 1st, 2016 — 1:59pm PST

    Winter carnival in Quebec City

  96. EmiliaMonday, February 1st, 2016 — 6:51pm PST

    Skating on the Rideau is my Canadian iconic winter destination

  97. MariaMonday, February 1st, 2016 — 6:58pm PST

    I would love to go to Quebec City

  98. yvonneTuesday, February 2nd, 2016 — 6:03am PST

    I would love to attend Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival.

  99. VictoriaTuesday, February 2nd, 2016 — 7:48am PST

    All the destinations sound amazing but I would love to go skate on the canal!!
    Thank you for having this giveaway!

  100. Tai MarieTuesday, February 2nd, 2016 — 9:04am PST

    world ski and snow fest – whistler BC

  101. Cassie NTuesday, February 2nd, 2016 — 2:51pm PST

    I would love to see the Carnaval de Quebec! Thank you for the contest!

  102. Marlene FTuesday, February 2nd, 2016 — 4:11pm PST

    I would love to go to Quebec City. What a nice contest!!!

  103. Grace VTuesday, February 2nd, 2016 — 5:57pm PST

    Caranaval in Quebec would be awesome!!

  104. NinaTuesday, February 2nd, 2016 — 7:58pm PST

    See the dancing northern lights in Yellowknife

  105. RebeccaWednesday, February 3rd, 2016 — 12:14am PST

    Niagara Ice Wine Festival

  106. Ferdinand GoWednesday, February 3rd, 2016 — 12:21am PST

    I want to see the Northern Lights! I have always been fascinated by it.

  107. LindaWednesday, February 3rd, 2016 — 8:48am PST

    I would like to skate on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.

  108. Cindy KSWednesday, February 3rd, 2016 — 9:53am PST

    Winterlude in Ottawa

  109. SophiaWednesday, February 3rd, 2016 — 12:21pm PST

    Carnaval de Quebec

  110. Andy C.Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 — 12:28pm PST

    Carnaval de Quebec is so wintry their snowman needs a toque

  111. JenWednesday, February 3rd, 2016 — 4:09pm PST

    I am dying to see Montreal!

  112. ShannonThursday, February 4th, 2016 — 9:36am PST

    Carnaval De Quebec would be a wonderful experience.

  113. ScottThursday, February 4th, 2016 — 9:37am PST

    I would like to visit northern Canada provinces – Yukon or NWT and live life in the snow & dark.

  114. josephine evansSunday, February 7th, 2016 — 12:38pm PST

    Would love to go to Montreal

  115. MeichiaWednesday, February 10th, 2016 — 1:19am PST


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