*As adapted from 16 Winter Activities to Enjoy in Canada
Short on things to do in Canada this winter? Winter can be a tough time of the year, it’s sometimes much easier and more appealing to just hunker down in the warmth of home, but pushing yourself to try something new is a great way to stay sane in these long winter months. We hope this list inspires you to get outdoors, learn to embrace the cold and have some fun!
Snowboarding / Skiing
Snowboarding and skiing are two of the most popular winter activities in Canada. Available nearby just about any major city centre. Most people end up road tripping to the mountains, or the nearest ski/snowboard hill, but micro resorts are a good option as well, they don’t offer the best skiing or snowboarding you’ll come across in Canada, but provide a great weekend day trip.
Cross- Country Skiing
Contrary to popular belief cross-country skiing is one of the most intense workouts you can do. Cross country ski rentals are available at most facilities that offer the sport or can be picked up very cheap at used sporting good stores or online at websites like Kijiji. Most Canadian cities also have cross-country ski clubs too, where you and a group of similar aged people can head out and explore nearby trails, which are breath taking when surrounded by snow!
Snowmobiling, skidooing, snow-machining, same thing! Whatever you call it, it’s one of the best winter activities you can get into. While there’s a high barrier of entry to snowmobile, if you can join a group or find a snowmobile rental company that can get you out on the trails, you’ll be thrilled by how much fun you’ll have, despite the cold.
An uber popular Canadian pass time, it’s safe to say that we’re all a big fan of this winter activity. Ice Skating is probably one of the cheapest, easiest ways to get outside and enjoy the fresh winter air. Most cities have skate rentals at local outdoor skating arenas. Nearly every Canadian community centre has an ice rink near by. Outdoor rinks are almost always community run, allowing any ordinary person to enjoy this fun winter activity.
Nothing says Canada quite like hurling yourself down on a hill with no form of steering and often no brakes! Outside of the occasional injury, it’s still one of the best things to do in the winter across Canada. Find a local hill, rent, borrow, or buy a toboggan, saucer, or crazy carpet, and let the fun begin, it doesn’t get any easier than this.
Ice fishing isn’t exactly the most exciting winter sport, but there is a peaceful serenity to it. Cutting into the ice, dropping a line, and catching fish in -30 degree celcius weather is an experience all in itself. Log onto your local tourism board’s website and look for ice fishing outfitters that can walk you through the process.
Nothing says rugged Canadian winter sport like dogsledding. Dogsledding is a little harder to just pick up as a hobby, but you can find tour operators across Canada that are experts on the subject to help you. Head out on a weekend trip and experience one of the most unique Canadian winter activities you can find.
Little is known about the history of snowshoeing. Most experts claim that they appear to be an invention older than the wheel. Regardless of when humans figured these things out, it’s safe to say it was a great invention; they’re still regularly used by hunters, trappers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
Snowshoes can be purchased for fairly cheap, but tour operators and outdoor outfitters will typically rent out snowshoes by the hour or by the day. Exploring winter trails by snowshoe provides you with the ability to get some awesome winter photos that you wouldn’t have been able to get in ordinary boots.
Last but definitely not least. Ice wine is a sweet, very concentrated wine, made from frozen grapes. This curious type of wine is typically enjoyed as a dessert drink. While purchasing quality bottles of it can set you back a pretty penny, ice wine festivals allow you to sample multiple types of this very Canadian, very unique wine without having to break the bank.
While you’re out enjoying these amazing winter activities, be sure to pack a few SoLo bars – they're a real topper to the Canadian experience ;) frozen SoLo bars are a good thing! #energythatsustains #mysoloadventure