Canada is a winter wonderland where many people choose to come for a fun-filled vacation. If you’re heading over this winter, make sure that you get the most enjoyment possible out of your stay. Here are the things you must do to make your winter holidays the best you’ve ever had.
Watch the northern lights
The aurora borealis is one of the wonders of our world, and you won’t want to miss out on seeing it. This marvel of nature flashes across the skies with colours of green, yellow, blue, pink, and purple. It’s truly magical, and you won’t understand just how amazing it is until you see it for yourself. Especially if you have children, make sure that you see it, even if you need to take a day trip further up north for the purpose. It’s best seen while sitting outside the cabin that you’ll be sleeping in for the night, to really make you feel closer to nature. If you’re a photography enthusiast, you can even join a course or group that allows you to get the best possible shots during the peak times for the borealis, with expert tuition and guidance on making the colours stand out against the sky.
If you’ve never been on the slopes before, now is your chance to make it happen. Skiing is a lot of fun, and although it can be scary at first, you’ll be desperate to go again as soon as you get the hang of it. There are a number of fantastic ski resorts across Canada, including top names like Whistler Blackcomb. Don’t miss the opportunity to see what it feels like to speed down a slope on skis with the rush of cold air around you and the taste of freedom in your mouth. If you don’t feel stable enough on skis, you can always try snowboarding instead, as many resorts have areas where you can try out either discipline.
Go dog sledding
Another way to travel across the snow, though usually at less of a steep incline, is via dog sled. Huskies have been trained to pull sleds across the snow for many generations, and the ride is both comfortable and magical. You will feel like a prince or princess in your own personal carriage. Think of all the movie moments you’ve seen with sleds – it will feel all the more surreal for it. Even if you only do this once, the memory will stay with you for the rest of your life as a truly great experience. When you reach your destination, you can double up on the fun by taking a snowmobile back to where you started at high speeds.
Meet some natives
Can you imagine what it’s like to see a majestic moose in the wild? How about the sudden appearance of a hungry wolf before your eyes? The native creatures of Canada are often dramatic and exciting, and seeing them for yourself is a must. You can go to a zoo, but that’s not the adventurous way. It’s better yet to go on a nature reserve and camp out to wait for animals to come by, or go on a safari-style tour of their habitats in order to spot them. You might just get some holiday snaps that put everyone else’s to shame this year. So long as you are with a guide, you’ll stay safe and get an experience that is unrivalled.
There are a lot of fun things to do in Canada, but the winter just seems to make them that much better!
Savannah is an experienced traveller who loves winter sports and mountains. Whenever not working, she’s at the slopes in the US, Asia or Europe. She’s also interested in photography and film-making.