5 best places in Canada for families to #travel this winter

Looking for a great family getaway this winter in Canada? There are countless locations that offer fun and exciting things to do and experience but here are six of our favorites.

Montreal, Quebec – The city of Montreal is a favorite destination year-round. With amazing restaurants, beautiful buildings, and plenty of things to do everyone can walk away happy. It’s also a great location for people who would love to visit Europe but can’t swing the airfare. Montreal’s old world charm is a popular feature! One of the best things about Montreal is the mix of indoor and outdoor activities. You can ice skate indoors or outdoors. Walk above ground on the cobblestone streets or take the underground tunnels. There’s also lots of sports, festivals, and performances happening all winter long.


Ottawa, Ontario – The capital of Canada is more than just houses of parliament. There are plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy in winter as well. Winterlude is a fun celebration where you can skate on the Ottawa canal, take in ice sculptures and play in the largest snow playground! Sleigh rides, cross country skiing and tubing are a few of the other outdoor activities you’ll find nearby. If you prefer to be indoors, hockey games are aplenty and there are numerous museums throughout the city that children of all ages will love.

Vancouver, British Columbia – Unlike some of the other snowy winter provinces, Vancouver on the Pacific Northwest doesn’t have the same climate as other destinations. In the city itself you may experience more rain than snow. But just a short drive away find great skiing, snowboarding, and a plethora or other outdoor activities. One of the most interesting events in Vancouver is the Chinese New Year Parade and Festival. It’s one of the city’s largest events and spotlights the diversity of the region. If you won’t be visiting in February (when the festival occurs) don’t worry there are dozens of other festivals all winter long.


Churchill, Manitoba – Head to far northern Manitoba for a chance to see the Northern Lights. This locations boasts evening shows of the Aurora borealis an average of 300 nights a year! Not only that but you can see Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat. Polar bears amble through town (it is the polar bear capital of the world!) and beluga whales are common sight off the coast. Churchill may be a bit off the beaten path but a once in a lifetime location to experience.

Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta— This preeminent winter destination is known for great skiing and winter activities but have you heard of ice walking? This activity is best left for older children (at least 8 years old). With the assistance of a guide you’ll traverse the Johnston Canyon where frozen waterfalls offer strikingly beautiful scenery and wildlife such as moose and wolves are common. When you need to warm up head to Banff Upper Hot Springs where natural waters average 40C and the panoramic views of the snowy mountains offer a beautiful contrast. 


These are just a few great Canadian destinations to visit this winter. What are some of your favorites?



  1. I agree with all of these!!! Great list!

    Asked DD if she would like to go to a beach this winter like Bahamas or Cuba. She said, "Can we go to Banff?". 🙂
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  2. Thanks for sharing! I've heard so much about Banff lately, its supposed to be beautiful!
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  3. Wow what a fun post!! I need to visit CA but wasn't sure about winter, now I feel like I could come anytime1
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  4. I'd love to visit Montreal this holiday season. It's so pretty with the snow.

  5. We visit Banff quite often, I agree it's a beautiful place to visit. Plus, I heard Montreal is wonderful!

  6. I have never been to Canada. But I'd love to, to see Montreal and Toronto. I definitely want to see the Northern Lights, too.
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  7. Montreal looks gorgeous! I had no idea it had such great architecture.

  8. I had no idea Canada had such amazing sights. I've got to take a trip there with the family.

  9. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I live in Ottawa and I have to agree that it is a great place to visit. Skating on the Rideau Canal is a great tourist attraction.

  10. I have always wanted to visit Vancouver, British Columbia. It is on the top of my bucket list.

  11. mistywright271471215 says

    I have never been to Canada! All of these places look gorgeous and I cannot wait to see all of these places!
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  12. Id really like to visit there one day. Looks so beautiful.

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