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Winter Fun in Canada to Add to Your Bucket List

by Angelique Platas

Nov 19, 2017

© Anujak Jaimook | Dreamstime

Age Specific / Multigenerational

Jasper in January

Ski and snowboarding families, prepare for Jasper in January with incredible winter entertainment and activities for active families. Strap in and suit up for the annual celebration of winter fun, food and music Jan. 11–28, 2018, in Jasper, Canada.


Check out annual events and new additions ranging from a chili cook-off and Wine in Winter tasting to live music, dogsledding, sleigh rides, street parties, fireworks and the beloved food-a-palooza. Check out the growing event list and scout your tickets early.


Get planning and fit in all the skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, ice climbing and glacier ice walks you can between Jasper in January events and attractions.

Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park. Photo: Verena Matthew | Dreamstime


Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Join around 1 million visitors for the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights displayed along the Niagara Parkway in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The grand opening begins Nov. 18, extending through Jan. 31, 2018, where guests enjoy holiday lights, tours and music during the Fallsview Sound and Light Show.



Step into a winter wonderland with family-friendly fun and activities at the 40th annual Winterlude celebration on Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada. The Canadian capitol city celebrates all things snow and ice Feb. 2–19, 2018, with ice carving competitions, snow sculptures, winter wonderland playground and themed events.

Ice Dragon Boat Race during Winterlude in Ottawa, Canada

Ice Dragon Boat Race during Winterlude in Ottawa, Canada. Photo: Howard Sandler | Dreamstime

Check out the Crystal Garden in Confederation Park for photo-ops with award-winning ice sculptures and bring the kids to fan favorite Snowflake Kingdom. Located in Jacques Cartier Park, this kid-centric destination boasts epic snow slides, dogsledding, zip-line rides and a maze. The little ones will love Winterlude’s mascots, the Ice Hog family, while the older kids take to the huge winter playground.


Strap on your skates and hit the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink. Located in the center of Ottawa’s downtown area, the rink stretches nearly five miles long, providing a scenic and fun activity, bordering on an epic workout.

Photo: Paul Mckinnon | Dreamstime

The rink also provides entertainment from the annual Winterlude Triathlon, bed race and newly introduced Ice Dragon Boat Race.


Expect fun entertainment for all ages including hearty cuisine and warm drinks lining the festival grounds. Embrace the colder temperatures, falling snow and icy architecture of the season and skate and slide your way into the New Year.


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