Canadian Winter Festivals Part II

November 26, 2015


There is never a reason to hibernate while the snow howls in Canada. Festivals make it easy to escape cabin fever and enjoy all things winter. Following Canadian Winter Festivals Part I, here are several more Canadian winter festivals for you and your family to enjoy this year:

  1. Ice on Whyte (January 21st to 24th and 28th to 31st, 2016)
Held in Edmonton yearly, professional ice carvers create masterpieces in 35-hour competitions. Watch them work while live music plays. You and the family can try your hand at ice carving or you could choose to create crafts, sample delicious foods and shoot down the giant ice slide.

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  1. WinterCity (January 29th – February 11th, 2016)
Come experience Toronto turn into a 14-day party filled with culinary geniuses showing their abilities and theatre troupes. There are free events for the whole family like free skating events, beer tasting, and aerial acrobatic shows. The main heart of the party is the Winterlicious, where select restaurants strut their stuff for all of the guests to enjoy with a prix fixed three-course menu.

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  1. Fete des Neiges (January 16 to February 7, 2016)
Held in Parc Jean-Drapeau, in Montreal the large biosphere dominates the landscape and this park becomes a winter wonderland. This festival focuses on family activities. Dog-sledding, sleigh rides, ice slides and acrobats will keep kids and adults entertained. The event itself is free. Some of the activities do have a charge but are well worth the nominal price. There are warming centers for the kiddies and fun for all.

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  1. Winterlude (January 29th, 2016 - February 15th, 2016)
Held in Ottawa, visitors can ice skate on the Rideau Canal Skateway, sample wine and cheese pairings, enter a winter triathlon or enjoy the Snowflake Kingdom. See the unimaginable talent of ice sculptors as they create amazing works of art out of ice. Watch as pros ski across ramps and rails or even race against your children down the ice slides. Live bands, performers with fire, flashy costumes and hold-your-breath stunts will keep you energized during the cold weekends.

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  1. Silver Skate (February 12th - 21st, 2016)
Edmonton embraces the winter with another winter festival, but this festival is 10-days long of fun. Come and join in a winter triathlon and enjoy a snow sculpture symposium. Watch as teams of artists create huge polar bears, bird-in-the-hand and more, transforming the place into a winter sculpture garden for visitors to enjoy. Enter the snowshoe races or the skate-ski-run triathlon. Watch the breathtaking fire sculptors create themes from ‘The Land of the Golden Apples’, which will be set aflame during the opening weekend at the end of the folk trail. Be sure to see the ice castle. Guests can even go through the castle, made completely of icicles and water. The Narnia-like castle is a thrill for guests of all ages.

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With all of the fun going on during the frozen months of winter there is no excuse to stay indoors. Bundle up and grab your snowshoes. Bring the family out for light displays, fireworks, fire sculptors and ice sculpting competitions. Eat, drink and exercise. Enjoy an icy winter with family this year.

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