After the last leaves have been blown away from the cold winds, we all know that time is approaching to take out the parkas. This is the time some have waited for all year. Wax the skis, get out the toques and get ready for some winter fun – Canadian style.

Places like the Whistler/Blackcomb in the Rockies and the Laurentian Mountains offer guests the time of their life with adventures like heli-skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Pipes, chutes and bowls thrill all ages and skill levels. However, skiing is not the only winter activity people enjoy.

Ice-fishing for muskies, bass and pike on frozen Lake of the Woods and other areas is a great way to spend a vacation. Lots of warm clothing, a hole in the ice, a pole and a chair are the only real necessities to this sport, even though lots more can be added.

Winter festivals abound in the frozen North. Hearty Canadians embrace the cold with annual events like Winterlude in Ottawa and Niagara Festival of Lights. Ziplining across the town square, building hotels completely out of ice, polar plunges and loads of music push back even the dreariest of weather. Kids love the ice slides. Canoe races, castles and great cuisine keep the party pumping all winter long.

Two little twin boys lying in autumn leaves in colorful clothing. Happy siblings kids having fun in autumn forest or park on warm fall day. With hats and scarfs

Nature lovers will thrill to snowshoeing through fresh powder, listening to the tinkle and frozen crunch that only snow can make. Grab the kids and do some snowmobiling through the backcountry. Enjoy the beauty of a cottage in the woods or along the lake shore. Winter makes the scene completely different from summer. Build snowmen with your children. Make memories that will last for the next generation.

Activities are plentiful for those willing to bundle up and brace the nipping winds and snow. Family time, good food and friends are irreplaceable. So why not take the time to enjoy that this time of year and embrace the cold? Plan your escape and rent a chalet in the Laurentians or even try renting a vacation rental in Ottawa. Your family will love it. No matter where you choose to go, CanadaStays can help you find something to suit every family and any budget.

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