Canmore Nordic Centre, AB
Host of the Canadian National Cross Country Ski Championships, Canmore Provincial Park offers world class cross-country, with everything from acclaimed biathlon trails to an illuminated 6.5km track for night skiing.
Stake Lake Nordic Centre, BC
With 45km of well-groomed tracks through pine-scented forests, the Stake Lake Nordic Centre includes a dog friendly trail and heated day lodge.
Wapiti Nordic Ski Club, AB
One of the major legacies from the 1995 Canada Winter Games, Wapiti is one of Canada's premier x-country facilities with 35 kilometres of trails for classical and skate skiing.
Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club,YK
Yukon winters are simply magical and the expansive landscape of the great white North makes for some of the best x-country skiing in Canada. Whitehorse is a town of cross- country fanatics and if you time your trip right you can end your day of skiing under a sky of Northern Lights.
Whistler Blackcomb, BC
Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler was the official venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter games and has repeatedly been ranked as North America's #1 mountain resort.
•Top Elevation: 7,494 ft
Big White, BC
Shred some serious pow at this Okanagan Valley gem. Big White receives 750 cm of legendary "Champagne Powder" annually and has the best progressive terrain park in North America.
•Top Elevation: 7,606 ft
Lake Louise, AB
Situated in the heart Canadian Rockies, the Lake Louise region cradles Canada's highest peak and offers one of the longest ski seasons in North America.
•Top Elevation: 8,652 ft
If you're a backcountry buff then we suggest you beeline it to Revelstoke. Possessing North America's greatest vertical at 1,713 metres, this resort offers lifts, cat, heli and backcountry skiing all from one central village base.
•Top Elevation: 7,300 ft
Mont Tremblant, QC
Known as eastern Canada's #1 ski resort, Mont Tremblant is the lap of Laurentian luxury. All four of its mountain faces are skiable and chock-full of French joie-de-vivre.
•Top Elevation: 2,871 ft
Stretching across the scenic Niagara escarpment, Blue Mountain is the largest ski area in Ontario. With 22 trails open at night, you'll get the most out of every day, and Blue's location adjacent to Lake Huron means mad lake-effect snowfall.
•Top Elevation: 1,483 ft
Sharpen your edges before hitting this hub of hardcore terrain. Home to a 10K run and countless double blacks, Kicking Horse is uncrowded and out of bounds, with a firm commitment to environmentally friendly practices.
•Top Elevation: 8,033 ft
Marble Mountain, NF
As part of the Appalachian foothills and situated in the snowiest city in Canada, Marble Mountain has the highest vertical and best downhill conditions in Atlantic Canada. The added bonus: Newfoundlanders are notorious for being the friendliest in the world.
•Top Elevation: 1,791 ft
Quebec City Carnival, Quebec City, QC
Feb 1 - 17, 2013
For three weeks every winter, Quebec City is transformed into a winter wonderland . The attractions are endless, from extreme canoe races in the frozen St. Lawrence River to the acclaimed International Snow Sculpture Competition. At the end of an action-packed day, sip on some Caribou - a classic Quebecois drink of red wine, whisky and maple syrup - and chill out in one of several outdoor hot tubs.
Festival du Voyageur, Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Feb 15 - 24, 2013
Tradition is very much alive at Western Canada's largest winter festival, which celebrates Canada's fur trading past. Shop till you drop at one of the "Trading Posts" in Voyageur Park, where you can snatch up winter season must-haves, such as flannel shirts, fur ear muffs, and handmade wool leg warmers.
Winterlude, Ottawa, ON
Feb 1- 18, 2013
There are four words you need to know about Winterlude: World's Largest Skating Rink. The Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site running through the city, is transformed into a skate-way. What could be cooler than that? Other attractions include a ginormous snow playground (North America's largest, to be exact) and a vast exhibit of ice carvings in the capitol's Confederation Park.
Niagara Ice Wine Festival, Niagara Region, ON
Jan 11 - 27, 2013
Every winter the Niagara region is transformed into a wintry wonderland for sipping, savoring and celebrating one of Canada's most cherished products: Ontario ice wine a.k.a. liquid gold. From evening toasts to chestnut roasts, the festival is a sweet spot of gastronomic gatherings and is not to be missed.