Calling all snow bunnies – why not fly to Canada for your holidays? The other half of North America might be featured less in international news, but it is blessed with clean air, friendly people and amazing natural wonders. When winter arrives, the mountains of Canada turn into perfect skiing and snowboarding playgrounds with some of the best snow conditions in the world. Better yet, there are different places for various levels, whether you are a curious beginner or a hardcore slalom expert.
An Exciting Winter Holiday at the Banff Ski Resort
Nestled in the awe-inspiring Canadian Rocky Mountains, it is no surprise that the Banff Ski Resort is one of the world’s most popular ski resorts. There are actually three amazing skiing areas in the Banff National Park: Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village. Visitors should take advantage of the tri-area lift ticket that will provide free transportation between Banff-Lake Louise and the three ski spots. This means enjoying a different mountain every day! If that still does not get your heart pumping, the whole area is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, world famous for its untamed wildlife and exotic land formations. Those who prefer a more romantic getaway would also be glad to know that this whole area is also dotted with charming fairytale castles, hamlets and chalets. Banff also has a lively town center that offers outstanding après ski choices. Those who simply cannot go back home without buying some mementos would also be glad to know that shopping also exists in Banff. All in all, a winter holiday at Banff is an all-inclusive getaway.
Tranquil Rest at Jasper
Despite what you might think (and no disrespect to the formerly mentioned destination, but…), some of the best winter activities in Canada can be had in Jasper, not Banff. Holiday makers can enjoy no queues and having the slopes to themselves. Located in the Jasper National Park, the area is also blessed with snow-capped mountains, glacier-fed lakes and alpine forests. It also enjoys abundant dry, light and fluffy snow, perfect for skiing and snowboarding. There are various other cold weather activities that can be enjoyed at Jasper during winter: cross-country skiing, wildlife viewing, fishing, ice skating, dog sledding, ice-climbing, snowshoeing and sleighing. Jasper does not lack cultural sites either. It has an artistic side, which visitors can enjoy by checking out its galleries and museums. The Mountain Galleries is one of the largest galleries in Jasper, and do not miss the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives, home to records of human history in Jasper National Park. What’s more, the tranquility allows visitors to get to know the local culture and people better. There is no easier way to soak up the atmosphere than going to one of Jasper’s local restaurants and pubs, where visitors are treated to a hospitable welcome and cheerful banter.
A Refreshing Winter Holiday in Canada
There is no need to be down in the dumps just because the days are getting shorter and the mercury is dropping. Escape to the winter wonderland that is Canada and stay active and fun in North America’s better half!