After the year we’ve all had, I think it’s safe to say that we’re all pretty glad to be bidding farewell to 2020, especially for those of us who enjoy traveling and had all our vacation plans scuppered by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there is a light appearing at the end of this long tunnel with a great deal of progress being made on various vaccines. While international, and even state-to-state travel has been restricted, staycations, and exploring our local areas of interest has been possible for many of us. Winter is now upon us, and what better way to have a vacation in 2020 or to welcome in January 2021, than to make the most of Canada in the Winter? There are a plethora of great winter activities for us to try, such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, and even ice hockey on frozen over lakes are available, but there are some different, even unique activities to try during your winter getaways in Canadain 2020.
Visit Banff National Park, the oldest Canadian national park
Established in 1885, Banff National Park is a part of the Rocky Mountains you cannot miss. With mountains, forests, lakes, and glaciers, it’s without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in Canada in the winter. Enjoy the Banff hiking trails, snowshoeing, skiing, and explore the town of Banff itself, surrounded by snowcapped mountains. Banff National Park also features its only unique spot; the Banff hot springs. Head to the springs, and enjoy warming yourself up while still making the most of those wintery views for the perfect winter getaway in 2020.
See the frozen bubbles in Abraham Lake for a unique look at Canada in the winter
Canada in the winter is already incredibly beautiful. Glistening snow in the national parks and on mountain tops have ensured that, but for something unique in 2020, this is the perfect destination. Canada boasts a lot of stunning lakes, and Abraham Lake in Alberta is no exception. Although man-made, the lake has the blue color of other glacial lakes in the Rocky Mountains, and each winter, due to trapped methane below the ice, frozen bubbles form and float to the top. The area surrounding Abraham is stunning, and perfect for a vacation filled with hiking, and exploring the Canadian great outdoors.
Experience the Niagara Falls in winter
We’ve all seen those iconic photos of people visiting the Niagara Falls and getting drenched in the boat while on a boat tour. However, the Niagara Falls in winter are something to behold. The Niagara Falls, made up of three waterfalls, completely freeze in the winter, creating natural ice sculptures. Of all the things to do at the Niagara Falls, just marveling at stunning winter scenery probably wouldn’t have been the first thing on your itinerary, however, after a winter Niagara Falls vacation, you’ll be telling everyone you know that they should add it to their travel bucket list.
Go ice climbing in the Kootenay National Park when you go to Canada in the winter, 2020
Of all the things to do in Canada in the winter, this is not for the faint of heart. We’ve all heard of ice trekking, but head to Haffner Creek in the Bow Valley, and try something truly different in winter 2020. With ice pillars forming during the winter, ice climbing is a popular activity in this World Heritage Site, nestled in the stunning Kootenay National Park. With a number of different routes to try, there are actually appropriate routes for beginners as well as climbers with more expertise. When you visit Kootenay, camping cabins, yurts, and more get you into the heart of this stunning national park with its incredible mountains framing your winter vistas.
Explore an ice cave on the Alberta/British Columbia border
Ever explored an ice cave? Well, on the border of Alberta and British Columbia and about 90 minutes drive from the city of Calgary, you’ll find the incredible Booming Ice Chasm. With ice climbing available in the cave, as well as the option to simply walk around and take in the spectacular beauty of the caves, this is one of the best things to do when you visit Canada, and certainly one of the best things to do near Calgary. Top off your trip with a stay in one of these cozy cabin rentals near Calgary, and you’ve got all the ingredients for the perfect winter weekend getaway in 2020.