Spring Break, Canuck Style
February 8, 2012
From the Yukon, to the Rockies, to glacial bays and snow covered prairies, Canada is with out a doubt one of the world's greatest all-season playgrounds. So, pick your paradise, rent some real estate, get outside, and live it up.
View the best places to rent a cottage in Canada this Spring Break. Sometimes the best destinations are in your backyard.
If you’re a backcountry buff then we suggest you beeline it to Revelstoke. Possessing North America’s greatest vertical at 1,713 metres, this resort offers lifts, cat, heli and backcountry skiing all from one central village base.
Stretching across the scenic Niagara escarpment, Blue Mountain is the largest ski area in Ontario. With 22 trails open at night, you’ll get the most out of every day, and Blue’s location adjacent to Lake Huron means mad lake-effect snowfall.
Known as eastern Canada’s #1 ski resort, Mont Tremblant is the lap of Laurentian luxury. All four of its mountain faces are skiable and chock-full of French joie-de-vivre.
One of the major legacies from the 1995 Canada Winter Games, Wapiti is one of Canada’s premier x-country facilities with 35 kilometres of trails for classical and skate skiing.
For three weeks every winter, Quebec City is transformed into a citywide party. The attractions are endless, from extreme canoe races in the frozen St. Lawrence River to the acclaimed International Snow Sculpture Competition. At the end of an action-packed day, sip on some Caribou - a classic Quebecois drink of red wine, whisky and maple syrup - and chill out in one of several outdoor hot tubs.
There are four words you need to know about Ottawa in the winter: World’s Largest Skating Rink. The Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site running through the city, is transformed into a skate-way. What could be cooler than that? Other attractions include a ginormous snow playground (North America’s largest, to be exact) and a vast exhibit of ice carvings in the capitol’s Confederation Park.
Situated in the heart Canadian Rockies, the Lake Louise region cradles Canada’s highest peak and offers one of the longest ski seasons in North America.
With 45km of well-groomed tracks through pine-scented forests, the Stake Lake Nordic Centre includes a dog friendly trail and heated day lodge.
Yukon winters are simply magical and the expansive landscape of the great white North makes for some of the best x-country skiing in Canada. Whitehorse is a town of cross-country fanatics and if you time your trip right you can end your day of skiing under a sky of Northern Lights.
Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler was the official venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter games and has repeatedly been ranked as North America’s #1 mountain resort.
Shred some serious pow at this Okanagan Valley gem. Big White receives 750 cm of legendary “Champagne Powder” annually and has the best progressive terrain park in North America.
Sharpen your edges before hitting this hub of hardcore terrain. Home to a 10K run and countless double blacks, Kicking Horse is uncrowded and out of bounds, with a firm commitment to environmentally friendly practices.
As part of the Appalachian foothills and situated in the snowiest city in Canada, Marble Mountain has the highest vertical and best downhill conditions in Atlantic Canada. The added bonus: Newfoundlanders are notorious for being the friendliest in the world.
Host of the Canadian National Cross Country Ski Championships, Canmore Provincial Park offers world class cross-country, with everything from acclaimed biathlon trails to an illuminated 6.5km track for night skiing. Further, the prairies are a perfect snowmobiling playground with over 10,000km of groomed and signed trails. You haven’t seen the prairies until you’ve seen them from a snowmobile: the panoramic landscapes you’ll access are something most people will never lay eyes on.
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