Winter is full in swing, and Canadians are embracing the weather with warm jackets, snow boots, and of course, hot chocolate to keep warm. Winter allows us to enjoy the scenic beauty of nature and spend time outdoors, but this doesn’t mean you need to spend all your savings to have fun this Holiday season. There are so many choices to enjoy winter sports and great entertainment while staying within your budget. Consolidated Credit has put together a list of frugal winter activities to do with your friends and family over the winter months, available here.
Here are 5 frugal winter activities:
1. Visit the Rideau Canal (Ontario)
Rideau Canal is known to be the world’s largest skating rink near Ottawa, with the skateway open in late-December. Best of all, it is free to skate, as long as you bring your own equipment. There are also plenty of treats along the way to keep your hunger satisfied, including Canada’s famous BeaverTails.
2. Attend Winterlude (Ontario)
Much like Quebec’s carnival, this outdoor festival features everything from ice skating to ice sculptures, a playground made of snow, and concerts on Parliament Hill by some of Canada’s top artists, and with optional added costs, delicious treats, like hot chocolate.
3. Hike, snowshoe and bird watch (New Brunswick)
Hiking and enjoying the outdoors is a great cheaper alternative to other more costly winter sports. This wilderness park on New Brunswick’s eastern coastline has approximately 60 kilometres of cycling and <ahref=”https://www.canadianliving.com/health/fitness/how_to_start_hiking.php”>hiking paths, making for great fun for outdoor snowshoe and cross-country skiers when it snows.
4. Celebrate Inuit culture at the Puvirnituq Snow Festival (Quebec)
The largest Inuit community on the eastern coast of the Hudson Bay celebrates this winter cultural festival every year in March. For $10 for adults, or only $5 for children – families can enjoy snow sculptures, igloo-building competitions, relay races, and dog-sled races.
5. Enjoy nature at Lake Louise (Alberta)
In the centre of Canada’s Rockies, Lake Louise is a beautiful destination to take a winter hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski. Enjoying nature, watching wildlife, and breathing in scenic views doesn’t have to be expensive. The area is known for its aqua-coloured rivers and lakes, and turns into a winter paradise as soon as the temperatures drop below zero.
Use this frugal winter fun guide to find cheap, fun-filled winter activities perfect for your friends, loved ones and family this Holiday season!
But remember, this isn’t an exclusive list and you can come up with your own frugal winter fun ideas too. Share your ideas with us on Twitter @Debt_Free_2Day