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A Winter Visit to the Forks – Winnipeg’s Historic Gathering Place

If there's one place you must visit in Winnipeg its The Forks, named for its location where the Assiniboine River meets the Red River. Archaeological digs prove that people have been visiting this area for 6,000 years including Aboriginal bison hunters, fur traders, railway workers, immigrants and tourists. It fact it ranks as Winnipeg's number one tourist attraction, hosting around four million visitors per year. You'll quickly see the appeal when you visit. In any…

What You Can Do on a 3 Day Winter Getaway to the Kootenay Rockies

What can you do and where can you go if you have three delicious days to spend on a winter getaway? If you've never been to the Kootenay Rockies, put this area on your must-visit list. In particular plan stops in Kimberley, Invermere and Panorama along British Columbia's famous Powder Highway. Here's how a 3 day winter getaway can unfold, assuming a Calgary start. The drive from Calgary through both Banff and Kootenay National Parks…

Cypress Hills, Alberta: An Affordable, Fun Winter Playground

Down in Alberta's southeast corner within sight of the Sweet Grass Hills of Montana sits Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, a four season beauty that has escaped the notice of almost all Albertans. Of course the folks in nearby Medicine Hat and parts of Saskatchewan know its winter secrets but do you? Mike Ratcliffe, the Head of Visitor Services in Cypress Hills tells me that "the park is a winter playground with loads to do including downhill…

Canada in Winter: 87 Fabulous Things to Do

Canada in winter is the place to be if you love snow, cold and the outdoors. Unfortunately for many getting through a Canadian winter is an exercise in endurance and survival, with days and weeks checked off on the long road to the May long weekend. But it really doesn't have to be that way.  Invest in warm clothing. Change your mindset. And then try one of these 87 fabulous things to do in Canada in…

10 Activities That Will Get You Excited for Winter in Alberta

With snow finally making an appearance, November is the time to get pumped for winter in Alberta. Say no to winter blahs by filling your weekends and holidays with a host of exciting outdoor adventures. From skiing to dogsledding, skating to snowshoeing, ice-climbing to fat tire biking - there really is no excuse not to get outside. Invest in the clothing so you can enjoy those sunny, blue sky days, even when the thermometer dips to…

Winter in Jasper for Adventurous Travelers

If you are a traveler with an adventurous spirit then you'll love Jasper in winter. Before my recent winter trip, I'd spent all of three nights on three different occasions in Jasper. But it was always a quick visit - and really just a place to lay my head before dashing off on the next adventure. And I'd never visited in winter. For a diverse selection of winter outdoor adventures, you'll be thrilled at what's available in…

Skating, Skiing & Biking the Lake Windermere Whiteway

You'll find Lake Windermere in the Columbia Valley between the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Purcell Mountains to the west. The lake is the winter home of the Whiteway, a recently declared Guinness World Record holder with the title as the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world with 29.8 kilometres of cleared ice. By the time December rolls around and the lake is frozen solidly, the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club goes…

10 Things to do in Montreal in Winter

I could live in Montreal. And I can't say that about very many cities. It's got so much going for it - with amazing food and great culture but what makes it even more special for someone like me is the proximity - via public transit no less - to a host of great outdoor activities in winter. Getting active is easy and fun in Montreal, even in the dead of winter. These 10 things…

A Guide to the Top 11 Outdoor Skating Rinks in Canada

I grew up skating, left it for almost two decades and rediscovered the joy of skating again this fall- albeit inside on speed skates on the Calgary Oval. But outside is really where I want to be and with that in mind I've researched where I think you'll find 11 of the best outdoor rinks in Canada. My Guide to the Top 11 Outdoor Skating Rinks in Canada #1 The Rideau Canal, Ottawa, Canada The…

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