Top 10 Winter Adventures
The winter months can feel quite daunting especially during the last few months of the season. However, we think the best way to survive the chilly days of winter is to go out and enjoy them! There's something special about an adventurous day trekking through knee-deep snow in the crisp winter air that you cannot beat! We've put together a list of some wonderful winter hotspots in North America to get you appreciating the Great North for what it is!
Winterlude is one of Canada's top Winter Festivals. Hosted in Canada's capital city of Ottawa, Ontario, the festival was created in 1979 to celebrate the beautiful climate and culture Canada has to offer. This year's festivities will be held from February 3rd to 20th with activities for all ages. Skate the Rideau Canal, the world's largest skating rink or check out the 30th anniversary of the Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition. With an epic winter playground, awe-inspiring snow-art and Canada celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, you can guarantee Winterlude will be full of exciting activities.
Feel like you're on top of the world at the stunning Ouray Ice Park. Just outside the city of Ouray, Colorado you can ascend to the clouds with more than 200 human-made ice climbs. Beginning in November, Ice Farmers water down the canyon walls of the Uncompahgre Gorge resulting in the creation of epic walls of ice. With free access to the park at all times, you can conquer your fear of heights, get into a new sport or have an adventurous day with your friends. Either way, you know you'll get your adrenalin pumping at Ouray Ice Park.
A winter guide wouldn’t be complete without the mention of Whistler Blackcomb. Canada’s largest ski resort will leave you breathless. With the highest and longest unsupported cable car span in the world, Whistler offers views that exemplify a true winter wonderland. With events happening almost daily, you will never run out of things to do. Check out the fire and ice show every Sunday night happening now until March 26. The BC Freestyle Timber Tour is set for the weekend of February 2-5. Plus the longest running Canadian snowboard competition is on March 25. In addition to the many ski/snowboard events, Whistler offers a variety of winter activities ranging from food and drink to live performances. Check out their full list of events here.
This is not your average snow sculpting challenge. Using only homemade tools, such as a modified cheese grater, 6 teams race to finish their very best sculptures in 65 hours. Before sculpting even begins, each team builds a block of snow that weighs 50,000 lb and reaches 12 feet tall! After long days and nights of carving, stunning pieces of natural art are displayed and judged. Although the tournament has already passed you can still view the sculptures in all their glory until February 7.
If you’re on the hunt for a true Canadian experience look no further than Plaster Rock, New Brunswick. Since 2002 the city has been the host of the worlds largest pond hockey championship. Each year 120 teams from around the world compete on a span of 20 outdoor rinks every second weekend in February. Whether you compete or observe, you are bound to get a feel of what it truly means to be Canadian. While in Plaster Rock don't forget to check out the town's snowmobile drag racing, sliding (tubing) hills as well as their snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails!
If you’re looking for an outdoor activity to get you into the woods for a day why not go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at Stowe Mountain in Vermont. With 45 km of groomed trails and 30 km of backcountry terrain, Stowe Mountain will never leave you bored. Their trails are easily marked/mapped and range in experience allowing anyone to join in on the fun! If that's not enough be sure to check out Stowe Mountain's skiing and snowboarding facilities!
Looking for a unique getaway? Enjoy a cooler climate? Hotel de Glace has you covered. Situated in Valcartie, Quebec, just 35 minutes outside of Quebec City, Hotel de Glace is exactly what it seems: a hotel completely made of ice! The only one of its kind in North America this hotel is an architectural dreamland. With a great hall, Chapel, ice slide and ice bar all made of snow and ice your hotel turns into a magical dreamland that can only be seen to be believed! Enjoy the Nordic Spa, guided tour or Cocktail Package to make your stay even more extravagant!
You are sure to appreciate the natural wonder of winter at Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris in Jackson, Wyoming. Offering half or full day tours, the team will take you on a winter wildlife safari through Jackson Hole, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. On the tour, you will not only see stunning landscapes but your favorite winter wildlife animals including, elk, bison, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, fox, coyote, bald eagles and maybe even a pack of wolves! The company also offers sleigh rides for families and custom photography workshops for the creative type!
This winter Fresh Tracks Canada offers a once in a lifetime experience: travelling through the Rocky Mountains by train! This incredible week-long adventure spans from Vancouver, British Columbia to Calgary, Alberta allowing you to visit Canada in a truly unique way. Stopping in Vancouver, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary you will see some of the world’s most impressive landscapes. Between the wildlife, towering mountains, and fascinating ice formations, this trip is perfect for any devotee of the great outdoors.
Being immersed in knee-deep snow with the crisp cool air surrounding you is one of the best things about the winter months. Head to Millinocket, Maine to experience the great outdoors first-hand with dogsledding! Travel with a team of Alaskan Huskies that glide you through epic forest trails and frozen lakes while looking at a backdrop of Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak. Scratch one of your items off your bucket list and make memories that will last a lifetime! More information and rates can be found here.