Winter Bucket List
Six great Canadian cold-weather outings
Too snowy to ride outside? Not when you’re on a fat bike! Fat bikes are bicycles with over-sized tires and rims designed to ride on soft terrain, like snow or sand. Ski resorts like Horseshoe Resort in Ontario and Silver Star Mountain Resort in British Columbia offer fat bike rentals and allow riding on multi-use hills and trails.
Moonlight snowshoe tour
Strap on some snowshoes when the sun goes down and head out for a snowy, starlit hike on cross-country ski trails. Many ski resorts across Canada offer moonlight snowshoe tours that often include après tour drinks and fondue, such as Sun Peaks Ski Resort in British Columbia and Mont-Tremblant in Québec.
Go dashing through the snow on the back of a sled pulled by a team of enthusiastic dogs for a full or half day winter adventure, which is more of a workout than you think! There are several companies offering dogsled tours across Canada, including Sled Dog Adventures in Allardville, New Brunswick; Winterdance Dogsled Tours in Eagle Lake, Ontario; and Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours in Canmore, Alberta.
Test your upper-body strength and stamina by giving ice climbing a try. Yamnuska Mountain Adventures in Canmore, Alberta offers a wide range of ice climbing instruction and guiding at the base of the Rocky Mountains for all levels abilities, and One Axe Pursuits near Toronto, Ontario offers frozen waterfall climbing suitable for complete beginners to more experienced climbers.
Skijoring is a relatively new sport combining dogsledding with cross-country skiing, where YOU essentially become the sled—two dogs are attached to your waist to help pull you along as you navigate snowy trails on a pair of skis. Mad Dogs Expeditions in Kananaskis Country, Alberta is one such company offering skijouring tours, clinics and private lessons.
If you live on the east or west coasts of Canada, then you’ll know winter is one of the best times to hang 10 on a surfboard due to frequent winter storms. Rent a full body wetsuit and head to one of Canada’s most popular surf beaches: Either Lawrencetown Beach in Halifax, Nova Scotia or Chesterman Beach in Tofino, British Columbia.