Top Skiing Locations in Canada
As a land of cold and snow-capped peaks, with winters that last almost half the year in many regions, Canada is the perfect place for many winter sports, one of them being skiing. In fact, skiing has become one of the most popular recreational activities that draws tourists from all over the world to Canada.
Canada is indeed one of the premier destinations in the world for skiing. You can ski in almost all of Canada’s cities and provinces but the places in Canada that are the most famous for their skiing resorts are British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and Ontario . Skiing season in all these places lasts as long as the winter season does, and even through spring in places where it still remains relatively colder, which is from November till April or May.
The wonderland that Canada turns into in winters and the beautiful landscapes found all across the country will ensure you have a pleasant vacation here. Make it more fun by spending it at one of Canada’s famous skiing resorts. Here are the top skiing resorts you can go to for a skiing holiday in Canada.
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Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
This is only one ski resort among the numerous ones in British Columbia. In fact, BC has the most number of them in all of Canada, but Whistler is the most famous of them all because it is the largest and most popular ski resort in probably all of North America. The resort is so big, with over a hundred skiing trails, and so full of tourists that it seems like a ski city in and of itself.
It is only two hours away from Vancouver, hence easily accessible. It is also known all over the world because some of the Winter 2010 Olympics took place here. It’s two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, have almost a European look about them, which is why the ski resort attracts so many international tourists. Snowfall lasts from mid-November till May here, which means a proper, long ski season. Even if you’re not a skier yourself the snowy landscape and the many spas, restaurants, and other recreational activities offered to families would make this a good holiday destination in Canada.
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Sun Peaks, British Columbia
Banff is a small tourist town, surrounded by the Rocky mountains, that is another popular Canadian skiing destination for tourists. In summers the town functions as a gateway to the mountainous national parks that enrich Canada's natural wonders. But in the winters, with snow lasting almost as long as it does in Whistler, although the town is less busy, it becomes exclusively a skiing resort. The skiing area is mostly part of the Banff National Park and includes three mountain resorts: Banff Sunshine, which is just a 15 minute drive from the town of Banff, and which alone possesses thousands of acres of terrain for skiing, and has runs for both beginners and experts; Lake Louise, which is also one of the largest ski resorts in North America, with a spectacular landscape; and Mt. Norquay, which is good for beginners. These three ski resorts in Banff are often together popularly known as the Big 3. These slopes were also once the site of the Winter Olympics of 1988 and are known worldwide for that event. Banff is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Canada.
Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Quebec does not have peaks as huge as those in British Columbia but this province in Canada also has some popular ski resorts. And it is closer to Canada's East Coast. If you are going on a trip to Montreal or Quebec City then you should definitely take a ski trip detour to the most popular ski resort nearby, which is Mont Tremblant, which is nestled in the Laurentian Mountains just outside Montreal. At the foot of the mountain, beside Lake Tremblant, is a little ski village that resembles the Alpine villages of Europe with cobblestone streets and colourful, vibrant buildings. It’s also interesting that this is the second oldest ski resort in all of North America, dating back to 1939, although it’s well developed now and a premier international skiing destination in Canada.
Blue Mountain, Ontario
This is the largest ski resort in Ontario, offering not just skiing to tourists but also other recreational activities and winter sports such as snow tubing, ice skating, etc. Situated beside Georgian Bay, it spans the Niagara Escarpment, which is the cliff from which the Niagara River cascades down to the Niagara Falls. At the base of it is the Blue Mountain Village which is a ski village where most tourists coming to ski in Blue Mountain resort find lodgings for themselves. The resort is only two hours away from Toronto and thus easily accessible from there
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