Consolidated Credit’s National Frugal Winter Fun Guide

Frugal Winter FunFor your enjoyment, Consolidated Credit has compiled some of the best Frugal Winter Fun Activities in Canada. Following are our top three choices for each Canadian province. If you would like to see our top 5 national choices, click here.

Quebec

  • Quebec Winter Carnival – Attend the world’s biggest winter carnival, with ice palaces, snow sculptures, and canoe races on the river, dogsled races, night parades, and more
  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing – Québec City region has over 2, 000 kilometres of cross-country skiing trails; the details can be found at the Greater Québec Area Cross-Country Skiing Association
  • Fun on Ice – Skaters can enjoy Place D’Youville’s rink for its romantic atmosphere, or Lac Beauport’s 3 km skating path. Several other skating rinks and natural surfaces are also available in the city and region

Ontario

  • Winter Festival of Lights – Attend this festival in Niagara Falls to enjoy colourful light displays and panoramic views of the city
  • Winterlude This winter festival in Ottawa features ice carving displays, kids activities and skating on the world’s largest rink in the world, the Rideau Canal Skateway
  • Snow trails in Muskoka – Muskoka featuressome of the greatest snowshoeing and cross country snow trails in Ontario, with trails available for all skill levels

British Columbia

  • Mountaintop ice skating – There’s no better way to experience winter than with fresh air and outdoor ice skating at Grouse Mountain, high above the city. Grab your skates, invite your friends and glide along Grouse Mountain’s 8,000 square foot skating pond
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – If you are looking for some culture and want to find a warm, cozy place to escape the cold, try this gallery to find BC artist exhibitions and other work
  • Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade & Festival – One of the best winter events in BC, the annual Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver’s Chinatown is a cultural extravaganza that’s one of the cities’ proudest parades happening in February

Alberta

  • Ice on Whyte Festival – Find a full ten days of winter activities, ice carving lessons and ice sculptures by international artists at the Ice on Whyte Festival in Edmonton
  • Silver Skate Festival – Rooted in art, culture, recreation and sport programming in, the Silver Skate Festival is Edmonton’s longest running winter festival
  • Ice Fishing – Ice fishing is a fun and free activity that only takes as much time you want to spend. Dress warm and pack enough supplies. If you need more advice, talk to ice fishing experts in Alberta in Banff and Bow River

Nova Scotia

  • Ice skating – Halifax has some great places to go for an outdoor skate, including The Oval. When the weather is right, several lakes also become suitable for skating. The Dartmouth Sportplex also has some great family skating opportunities
  • Tobogganing – One of the best choices is Citadel Hill, for its incline, lack of obstacles and central location, or visit the hills at the Merv Sullivan Memorial Park
  • Hiking and walking trails – There are a ton of publicly available walking trails in Halifax, so you can enjoy winter’s natural beauty and wildlife

Saskatchewan

  • Denare Beach Winter Festival – This festival is an annual event in the colder months with turkey curling, animal calling, jigging competitions, boot hockey and more
  • Prince Albert Winter Festival – Enjoy music, live events, fireworks, bonfires, sleigh rides, chili cook offs, amongst other great festival activities at this one-of-a-kind festival
  • Winter activities at Cypress Hills Interprovincial ParkCypress park is a great destination for a variety of low cost activities including ice fishing, skating on the lake, sledding and snowshoeing

Manitoba

  • Winnipeg’s Winter Wonderland – This festival is the largest outdoor Christmas light show in the province, with over 25 themed displays, starting in December
  • Whiteshell Provincial ParkWhiteshell Provincial Park is the place to be when the weather turns cold, with an abundance of trails, unforgettable fishing opportunities, and a lot of wildlife. A fantastic opportunity to enjoy the sights and serenity of winter nature
  • Winnipeg’s Festival du VoyageurThis festival is a full ten days of entertainment and culture that you will not want to miss. Starting mid February. it includes all kinds of events, activities, snow sculpting, and even a beard growing contest

New Brunswick

  • Fredricton Frostival – Join the Maritime’s largest winter celebration with over 90 events. Participate in outdoor family fun, sporting events, craft workshops and more
  • Hike Odell Park – Consider visiting this 400-acre park in the middle of Fredericton, where you will find walking trails, a deep pen, a duck pond, and more. This park is a great place for cross-country skiing, skating, and tobogganing as well
  • Cross-country ski in Moncton – Moncton is a great place for cross-country skiing trails. Try the se trails: Rotary St-Anselme Park, , Centennial Park, Fundy National Park, Kouchibouguac Park and Beaver Ski Club

Newfoundland and Labrador

Prince Edward Island

  • WinterFun – Winterfun takes place mid-February, and offers several free activities celebrating Prince Edward Island’s gorgeous winter landscape, like snowshoeing along the Winter River trails, sledding and sleigh rides in Victoria Park, and outdoor skating in East Royalty
  • Ice skating – Charlottetown has a number of indoor and outdoor rinks accessible for the entire family. The City of Charlottetown has a regularly updated list of rinks and their hours
  • Snow shoeing and cross-country skiing – Charlottetown has two designated areas for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing; Victoria Park and Belvedere Gold Course. Maps of trail locations and conditions can be found at the City of Charlottetown’s website

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