Canadian Winter Festivals Part 1

Nov 19, 2015

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When the cold winds blow and snow piles up, some people huddle down in warm houses and wait for spring. Those people probably haven’t heard of all the incredible outdoor festivals in Canada. Unlike most people who scoff at the bitter temperatures and dare Mother Nature to keep them inside, Canadians have a ‘Bring It!’ attitude that has resulted in a plethora of winter festivals. These festivals are designed to allow residents of the frozen north to get out and enjoy all things winter.

Part 1 to this article, here are some of the most popular festivals:

  1. Winter Festival of Lights - Niagara Falls, Ontario (November 21, 2015 - January 31, 2016)
As if the falls of Niagara weren’t enough to lure visitors from all over, during the winter, Niagara Falls also adds 5 km of light displays, enough to entice any Canadian to pay a visit to this winter wonderland. Displays soaring two-stories high, 40 feet wide Zimmerman Fountain and the three-story Canadian/American flag will ‘wow’ people wandering through Niagara Parkway. Dufferin Island will have choreographed music accompanying the 30’ water feature. 3-D moose, bears and wolves soaring up to 11’ high will keep visitors awed. Make sure not to miss the laser shows, fireworks and performances that will enchant visitors with costumes, humor and fun during this chilly season.

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  1. Quebec Winter Carnival – Quebec City, Quebec (January 20th, 2016- February 14th, 2016)
Bonhomme Carnaval with his red sash and trumpets is the officiant of this winter celebration in Quebec City. Ice canoe races and ice sculptures are part of the 200+ events that run during this party. A huge ice palace is constructed for Bonhomme Carnaval. The Plains of Abraham become party central during this celebration. Restaurants, DJ’s, parades and characters all come to enhance the experience for visitors to this city-wide party. Dog sleds, sleigh rides, art exhibits and cheese fondue are all part of the fun and most of the events are free!

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  1. SnowDays- Banff, Alberta (January 15th, 2016 – February 7th, 2016)
Held in Banff National Park, this is a month-long party, Rocky Mountain-style! The Ice Magic Festival is an international 34-hour ice sculpture competition. This year’s theme, Elements of Life, will have sculptors shaving out fire, ice, wind and earth into their masterpieces.  The Big Bear is another highlight of the festival. Snowboard and ski professionals battle it out in a custom-designed terrain park. Definitely bring the whole family and watch the competitions as the music pumps. Skiing, Snowshoeing, dog-sledding and more- there is something for everyone.

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  1. Winterfesthiver – Fredericton, New Brunswick (February 2016)
This festival is one of New Brunswick’s biggest ways to celebrate the shivers of winter. Ice mazes, sled rides, and more will engage the whole family. Enjoy the fast ride of a gigantic ice slide or take a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Watch the entertainers and enjoy all things winter in New Brunswick.

Plan your winter escape in Fredericton today!

  1. Montreal Highlights Festival – Montreal, Quebec (February 18th – March 5th)
Montreal Highlights Festival is the largest winter festival in the world. 11 days of performances, circus arts, free family activities and an all-night party combine to make this a multi-cultural extravaganza. There is a zip-line, Ferris wheel, lights, music and overall a super fun party atmosphere!

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Winter festivals make Canadian winters exciting fun. Keep your eye out for Canadian Winter Festivals Part 2 article!


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