Winter weather getaways

Find winter vacation ideas in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and beyond with our guide to family-friendly winter getaways.

By Leah Macpherson

Winter getaways in Ontario and Quebec
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Cold Canadian winters don't mean that you have to hibernate during the chilly season embrace the frigid temps and get out there and have some fun! Canada is home to some world-class winter venues, but don't be afraid to think outside the border and consider a trip to the US or Europe. If you're dreaming of a winter wonderland, check out these fantastic, family friendly destinations for a snow lover's sojourn.

Northern Ontario
Whether it's cross-country or downhill skiing, dogsledding or snowshoeingAlgonquin Park, Ontario's nearly 8,000 square foot provincial park and wildlife sanctuary, has it all. This year, take the family on a winter adventure that's delightful AND delicioustry Northern Edge Resort's "Making Tracks, Tracking, and the Quest For The Golden Nectar" family getaway. Snowshoe into the maple grove to tap the trees and collect sap, learn more about the ecology of the park, and enjoy skiing, skating and tobogganing. At the end of the day, boil the sap down to make your own maple syrup to take home! Campfire chats weave tales of maple syrup history and production, and everyone will LOVE the maple taffy -- hot syrup poured onto a clean, fresh snow bank. Yum!

Québec City
For fifty years, Québec City has hosted the world's largest winter fairCarnival! Kids will be amazed by the intricacy of the ice sculptures, amazed by the Ice Palace and delighted by the world famous Bonhomme de Carnival, the fair's much loved snowman mascot. In addition to a wide range of winter activities, visitors can enjoy dogsled and canoe races, parades, candlelight dinners, and the brave souls who jump into snow banks wearing bathing suits! Right outside the walls of the old city is the Loews Le Concord Hotel. Their 'Loews Loves Kids' program will make your little ones feel right at home with a welcome gift, special menus, games and supervised activities. Mom and Dad will love the fact that kids under eighteen stay for free.

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