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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, Ont.
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.
Cave touring in Corner Brook, Nfld.
Strap on snowshoes and head underground to explore kilometres of unique trails in this Newfoundland town.
Itinerary: Ed English of Linkum Tours will saddle you up with all the necessary gear like homemade snowshoes, hard hats and headlamps, and then lead you through the woods to the Corner Brook Caves. Inside, you’ll discover icicles and frozen walls alongside a network of limestone caverns with astute names like Dinosaur Teeth and Rat’s Crawl. Beware: Ed is a spooky storyteller and it’s really dark in wintertime under Newfoundland.
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.