Canada is full of surprises so once you’ve experienced the bucket list experiences, make way for some more unique ways to see this beautiful country.
With a long list of annual traditions and customs for their Winter season, the best way to immerse yourself in the beauty of the landscape that Canada has to offer is to do things a little, er, differently… Have a look!
1. YAMNUSKA WOLFDOG SANCTUARY (BANFF)
Dog Sledding is one of the highest rated adventures in Canada but why not see the other side and visit the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, located 60 minutes from Banff.
It was in June of 2011 that this dog lover’s heaven opened its doors. Not only one of the largest sanctuaries within Canada, but one of the only sanctuaries to balance educational programs with a highly successful adoption program too.
If you’re planning on adopting one of these furry-friends, make sure you book them a business class seat for the flight home!
2. ICE FISHING (PEMBERTON)
Ice fishing is a great winter sport that Pemberton and Whistler has to offer. Spending a day on a frozen lake after a tough day on the slopes of Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain, is a great way to rejuvenate.
The scenery of a high mountain lake will take your breath away and there is something to be said about looking in to your ice hole and watching a 5 lb Rainbow Trout take your lure. If you love the slower pace that fishing has to offer, we recommend spending a few days here to soak up the tranquil atmosphere.
3. POND HOCKEY TOURNAMENT (LAKE LOUISE)
If you are travelling with a group, why not register in advance and be part of the day? All proceeds go to select charities each year. So not only is it a great spectator sport but by being part of it as a team, you can help those in need as well.
4. FOOD CHALLENGES (CROSS-COUNTRY)
If the winter chill is getting to you and you’ve eaten way too many butter tarts, why not challenge yourself and take part in an iconic food challenge? Across the country, there are 1000’s of challenges every day but one of the coolest by far has to be Jukebox Burgers’ JBB Burger and Poutine Challenge.
Devour two 900gram beef patties topped with pulled pork, roast beef, cheddar, bacon, Belgian waffles etc… You get the idea – it’s delicious. Check out www.foodchallenges.com for foodspiration before you go!
5. THE POLAR BEAR DIP (VANCOUVER)
Every year, on the 1st of January thousands of brave people plunge into the cold waters of English Bay and swim a 90-metre race. The annual tradition started way back in 1920 with around 10 swimmers and now the event has over 2,000 people annually!
Don’t take it too seriously though, fancy dress costumes are highly encouraged and so is a good sense of humour. If you’d rather spectate though, bring some warm clothes – it is a little chilly with those winter bay breezes.
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