When planning a winter vacation, Canadians tend to book trips in warmer climates. This year, try something new. Embrace the cold and explore the beauty the country has to offer with one of these popular Canadian winter destinations.
Everyone flocks to the falls in the summer, but ask any local and they’ll tell you that wintertime is magical. The beauty of the frozen falls is indescribable, and you have the opportunity to view the majestic landscape without the summertime crowds. Another bonus is that many hotels offer discounted rates during the winter season.
The Quebec Winter Carnival is held annually in February and transforms the city into a winter wonderland. You can attend a masquerade ball, view snow and ice sculptures or walk the decorated city streets sampling delicious foods and drinks. The famed Ice Hotel is also open and is only a short drive north.
The capital city is home to the world’s largest outdoor skating rink. Measuring in at 7.8 kilometres, the frozen Rideau Canal is cleared from Carleton University to the locks at the Chateau Laurier. If you plan a trip for the first two weeks of February, you can skate the canal and participate in the city-wide Winterlude celebration.
For skiing trips, the best winter destination is Whistler. Unofficially known as the ski capital of Canada, Whistler has trails for the adventurous, beginners and everyone in between. World-class restaurants, nordic spas and activities such as ice fishing or dog sledding are also available in the city.
Winter in Banff transforms the landscape into a playground of snow, opening up possibilities not available in the warmer months. Have you ever tried dog sledding or snowshoeing? The hot springs are open year-round and will rejuvenate you after a day of adventure.
There are so many winter destinations to explore right here in Canada. This season, pack your gloves and warm jacket and marvel at the beauty in your backyard.
No matter where you decide to go, make sure you’re fully protected with travel insurance. It’s a myth that you only need insurance if you travel out-of-country. If you’re planning to be more than 200 kilometres from your home, travel insurance can help cover the cost of missed flights, lost luggage or even cancelled trips. When you purchase insurance through Hudson’s Bay Financial Services, you’ll find rates that start at $2.62 a day,1 plus you can earn up to 5,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points.2
SecuriGlobe Inc. is Canada’s largest travel insurance distributor, comparing the rates of over 14 of the leading travel insurance companies in the country to save you money.
1 Rates and product details are effective as of January 1, 2019, and are subject to change without notice. All plans are subject to the terms and conditions of your Policy and Documents of Insurance. Premiums vary by age, duration of travel and pre-existing medical conditions.
2 Earn 3,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points for an annual plan, 5,000 points for a winter travel plan, 5,000 points for a Visitors to Canada plan and 2,000 points when you purchase all other plans and use a valid Canadian credit card to pay for your premiums. Hudson’s Bay Rewards points will be issued within four to six weeks of the departure date.
Travel insurance for Hudson’s Bay customers is arranged for by Hudson’s Bay Financial Services with the assistance of SecuriGlobe Inc. Travel insurance is underwritten by a number of Canadian insurers.
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