Canada's Greatest Cold-Weather Activities
Canada’s greatest cold-weather activities run from the thrilling – think back-country skiing in British Columbia or ice-climbing in Alberta – to the leisurely – think Winter Carnival revelry in Quebec, or ice skating frozen canals in Ontario. You can even enjoy iced maple syrup in Quebec, or go ice fishing in Manitoba: Canada is your frozen oyster. Canada is often defined by its cold weather – and how Canadians take advantage of the winter months – so look north now for your next active holiday.

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The View from on High, at Parc National des Grands-Jardins

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In winter, when many parks are closed, you can find one gorgeous trail open here. From the Mont du Lac-des-Cygnes trailhead, make the snowy two-hour climb through a forest of white birch, spruce, and lichen-covered rocks. You’ll emerge to a view from the summit of the Charlevoix crater. —Jennifer Kahn

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In winter, when many parks are closed, you can find one gorgeous trail open here. From the Mont du Lac-des-Cygnes trailhead, make the snowy two-hour climb through a forest of white birch, spruce, and lichen-covered rocks. You’ll emerge to a view from the summit of the Charlevoix crater. —Jennifer Kahn

In winter, when many parks are closed, you can find one gorgeous trail open here. From the Mont du Lac-des-Cygnes trailhead, make the snowy two-hour climb through a forest of white birch, spruce, and lichen-covered rocks. You’ll emerge to a view from the summit of the Charlevoix crater. —Jennifer Kahn

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