Unexpected Winter Adventures in Canada

Try heli-dogsledding in Haliburton, Ont., fondue via snowmobile in Whistler, cave touring in Corner Brook, Nfld. or exploring the boreal forest in Saskatchewan

Canadian Wilderness Adventures in Whistler, B.C., photo courtesy of canadianwilderness.com

Move beyond favourite winter classics like skiing and ice-skating and embark on a surprising winter expedition—think heli-dogsledding and fondue via snowmobile. Here are four Canadian adventures to try.

Fondue by Snowmobile in Whistler, B.C.

Embark on a snowmobile ride to a cozy cabin on Blackcomb Mountain, where you’ll dine on fondue and other treats at 6,000 feet.

Itinerary: Meet up with Canadian Wilderness Adventures after the sun sets in Whistler Village to kit yourself with woolies, goggles and a helmet, then learn the basics of driving your own snowmobile. Next, ride high into the Coastal Mountains, winding through towering fir trees and across Blackcomb’s powder ski runs to your destination—a log cabin called the Crystal Hut. Once inside, you’ll enjoy fondue, fruit pie and ice cream, all by candlelight.


Heli-Dogsledding in Haliburton, Ontario

Make a hasty retreat via helicopter from Toronto’s urban jungle to pristine Ontario wilderness for a dogsledding adventure.

Itinerary: Hail a helicopter with Winterdance Dogsled Tours to fly one hour from Toronto to the Haliburton Highlands, situated on the untouched edge of Algonquin Park. Siberian huskies and highly experienced mushers will guide you through snowbound forest, teaching you how to manage the dogs and maneuver the trails. A tantalizing trailside lunch is also included. At the end of the day, your pilot will whisk you back to Toronto in time for drinks.


Kayaking in Iceberg Alley, Newfoundland

Lace up your hiking boots and head to the northernmost tip of Newfoundland for hiking in Gros Morne National Park followed by kayaking in Iceberg Alley.

Itinerary: Ed English of Linkum Tours will guide you on a paddle and stroll tour of northern Newfoundland. Expect to take in breathtaking fjords of Gros Morne National Park while kayaking alongside whales and icebergs. Iceberg Alley has the largest concentration of icebergs and whales in the world, so keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready. You’ll also have the chance to try food that’s quintessentially Newfoundlander, satisfying your appetite for new experiences.


Exploring The Boreal Forest in Saskatchewan

Leave the city behind and explore quiet, snowy woods and frozen lakes via snowshoe or dogsled.

Itinerary: Drive about two and a half hours north of Saskatoon and you’ll find yourself on the edge of Canada’s vast boreal forest. Meet Sundogs Excursions at Elk Ridge Resort, just outside Waskesiu, for single- or multi-day forest tours that include eating homemade bannock, sipping cider from an ice goblet, building snow shelters and watching playful river otter frolic under the ice. You might also spot elk, red fox and great grey owls.


[This story appears in the November 2016 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated.]