Unique Activities to do in Canada in the Winter, of 2023

A lake in Canada in winter

Make the most of Canada in the winter! There are a plethora of great winter activities for you to try, such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, and even ice hockey on frozen-over lakes! Plan your glamping getaway in Canada in 2023.

A family playing ice hockey on a frozen over lake in Canada in the winter

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, and skiing, and explore the town of Banff itself, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Banff National Park also features the unique 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 2023.

Banff National Park, Alberta

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 has ensured that, but for something unique in 2023, 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.

Frozen bubbles in Abraham Lake

Experience Niagara Falls in winter

We’ve all seen those iconic photos of people visiting Niagara Falls and getting drenched while on a boat tour. However, Niagara Falls in winter is something to behold. Niagara Falls, made up of three waterfalls, completely freezes in the winter, creating natural ice sculptures. Of all the things to do at Niagara Falls, just marveling at the stunning winter scenery should definitely be on your winter Niagara Falls vacation to-do list! You’ll be telling everyone you know that they should add it to their travel bucket list.

Niagara Falls in winter

Go ice climbing in the Kootenay National Park when you go to Canada in the winter of 2023

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 2023. 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.

Kootenay National Park, Canada, in the winter

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 2023.

A man in an ice cave

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