Summer is officially over but that’s no reason to become a hermit and stay inside. Canada turns into an amazing winter wonderland and with it comes great outdoor fun.
Most of us know about the usual hot spots to get out and learn to love winter but there are a ton of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Thanks to our friends from CottageCountry.com for using their expertise to compile the list. Prepare to be awed with the beauty of our winter in some of the as-yet-to-be discovered resorts around the country.
Revelstoke boasts the most vertical life service offered in North America, taking you up higher than any other mountain. It’s also the only hill in the world to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing all from the same resort. And only in its seventh year of operation, it’s worth going now before the crowds discover this true treasure.
Blue Mountain, Collingwood, ON
Blue Mountain raises up from Georgian Bay on Lake Huron, just outside of Toronto, Ontario and offers something for everyone. And with an expansion at the southern end of the resort opening this season, Blue Mountain is the place to do to all things winter in Ontario.
Le Massif, Charlevoix, QC
Le Massif, located about 70 km from Quebec City, is for purists. With a reputation of for lots of great snow, the mountain offers views of the St Lawrence River that gives the impression you’re headed straight for a swim at the end of your run. It’s also home to the largest vertical drop east of the Rockies.
Marble Mountain, Steady Brook, NF
Newfoundland may not spring to mind when it comes to ski or snowboard destinations, but Marble Mountain can offer you a truly unique experience found only in Canada. Guaranteed snow, plus the shortest lift lines east of Quebec, keep winter enthusiasts coming back for more.
Marmot Basin, Jasper, AB
Located in the breathtaking Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies, Marmot Basin is quickly becoming a household name for winter vacation destinations. With the highest base elevation of all Canadian ski areas, and cold, dry powder skiing, it’s no wonder people are flocking to it in droves.
Mont-Sainte-Anne, Beaupre, QC
Mont Ste Anne boasts some of the best snow conditions of all the Laurentian Mountains. Just a short 30-minute drive from Quebec City, the mountain also lays claim to having one of the longest seasons in the province, ensuring winter enthusiasts can enjoy long into the Spring season.
Kicking Horse, Golden, BC
Boasting the fourth highest vertical drop in North America, some of the hills at Kicking Horse aren’t for the faint of heart. Located about 2.5 hrs west of Calgary, the ruggedness of the mountain and its always-fresh powder will have you coming back year after year.
Canmore, Bow Valley, AB
Canmore lies at the foot of the spectacular Rocky Mountains and provides access to some of the wildest skiing in Western Canada. It’s also home to the Olympic Nordic Centre with great cross-country skiing providing access to over 100 Km of track-set trails in just the center alone.
No matter what your skill level or passion, Canada’s outdoor winter resorts offer something for absolutely everyone. So get out and explore our winter and all it has to offer – you won’t be disappointed.