Top 10 Winter Hotspots in Canada

The snow has begun - here's where to enjoy the best of it.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Don't hibernate and shy away from the white stuff – pack your tuque and get your snow on in these top 10 winter hotspots in Canada.

Mont-Tremblant, QC

One of the most popular ski towns in Quebec, Mont-Tremblant is a bustling place in the winter season with tons of sports as well as activities, world-renowned skiing, dining, a wide range of accommodations, and much more.

Whistler, BC

With ski hills already opening, this is undoubtedly one of the most visited winter hotspots in Canada, where not only locals but international guests flock. There's still time to make reservations and take advantage of a number of great deals on lift tickets and hotel stays.

Banff/Lake Louise, AB

A national park with a worldwide reputation for being one of the most picturesque areas on the globe, Banff/Lake Louise has provided visitors with an exciting combo of unspoiled wilderness, modern amenities, and opportunities for active exploration for over a century.

Churchill, MB

Don't overlook this quiet town – coined "the polar bear capital of the world," not only is the snow abundant here but so are the Northern Lights, considered one of the wonders of the world.

Quebec City, QC

Gorgeous landscapes along with natural, cultural, and historical attractions, a myriad of outdoor activities, and internationally renowned festivals and events abound here – there's something for everyone in this charming European-inspired city.

Saint John, NB

Situated along the banks of the St. John River and the Saint John Harbour, and right at the front door of the Bay of Fundy, Saint John is built on some of the oldest geology in the world and boasts natural parks as well as colourful streetscapes steeped in historic maritime charm.

Halifax, NS

Whether you love skiing, snowshoeing, taking a sleigh-ride atop a blanket of snow, or sipping a cup of gourmet hot chocolate under an endless sea of stars, here you'll discover a number of great winter events that will make you fall in love with Canada’s East Coast.

Yellowknife, NWT

Sure it's off the beaten track, but that's what makes this northern city such an incredible winter hotspot in Canada – the arctic scenery is like no other and, for the adrenaline-seekers, there are some very exciting outdoor adventure tours to embark on.

Niagara Falls, ON

A sight to be seen at any time of the year, there's something uber special about the Falls in wintertime. Given the tourist draw of the area, there are also events going on year-round.

Vancouver Island, BC

Here's where you'll find true Canadian hospitality, attractions galore, rainforests with hiking trails, glittering glaciers, and snow-capped peaks, all in one place.

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism/John Evely