Post # 16
You’ve got some good suggestions here. The West coast is beautiful and Whistler is an iconic Canadian ski location.
But I’m going to suggest something a little different. Since you’ve got two weeks, you should ski but also see a bit more of Canada, while you’re here.
Fly in to Toronto. Spend two days seeingthe CN Tower, a theatre show and eat some fantastic food. There’s tons to do in Toronto depending on your interests.
Take the train to Ottawa (4.5 hrs) – Spend two days in Canada’s Capital City. Visit Canada’s Parliament Buildings, see world class museums and skate on the world’s longest outdoor skating rink – The Rideau Canal. If you’re here between January 30-February 16, 2015, you’ll catch Winterlude. Look it up – it’s a winter festival with lots of activities.
Spend the 5-7 days skiing in Quebec. There are litterally dozens of great ski hills in Quebec. From Ottawa, you could do Mont Saint Marie and then head to Mont Tremblant. Definitely spend an afternoon/evening at Le Scandinave – an après-ski spa outside in the woods. The nearby Chateau Montebello has amazing cross-country ski trails if you want to try that.
Finish your trip with a few days in Montreal and soak in the culture, food, and shopping! Many international flights depart from Montreal, so this would be a great spot to finish.
Anyway, that’s just my suggestion. Hope you enjoy your honeymoon in Canada. 🙂
Post # 17
With two weeks, you definitely have time to do more than one area!
Vancouver/Whistler/Vancouver Island for a week. Then Calgary/Banff/Lake Louise for the other.
Around Calgary, there are a ton of ski hill options for you within a few hours, including beginner appropriate. Plus the Calgary & Rockies area is usually quite sunny in winter, which just makes everything sparkle.
I would narrow down what areas you are thinking of & when, which will allow us to help you even more.
Post # 18
Visit the Rockys and BC for sure. Espechially at that time of the year. Where I live on the east coast is pure misery in the winter.
Post # 19
I would highly recommend Montreal and Quebec City for sightseeing and Mont Tremblant for skiing (tremendous food, lots of activities and historic sites, great shopping, scenic views) …..but if you are going in late February it will be freezing cold. Toronto and Ottawa and Alberta will be freezing cold. You will need a serious winter jacket, gloves, hat, boots to spend any extended time outdoors. This is why I would recommend spending a lot of time in Vancouver, which is more temperate all year round. It’s a city, but it has a lot of character and has Stanley Park and other greenspaces for a taste of nature. You can either ski at Whistler or take a Via Rail train (seats or a sleeper car) to Banff to see the Rocky Mountains/Columbia Icefields/hot springs (this will be freezing cold, but gorgeous). If you have never skied before, I would not book more than 3-4 or days for it. It’s difficult to learn, you need the right gear, it will be freezing, and you will probably spend most of your time indoors warming your frozen feet in a chalet. (The average temperatures aren’t that cold in Canada, but you can have the occasion -35 degree celsius days in Alberta/Montreal/Ottawa)
Post # 20
Thank you!! Such great suggestions!!
Thanks so much for the info!! -35 is insane! I live in the coldest part of Australia (Tasmania) and we get down to maybe -4 in winter… Which I LOVE! I am definitely a cold weather person. But I have a feeling there’s not much to enjoy at -35? Haha. And thanks for pointing out about clothing! It’ll probably be quite expensive to buy all that hardcore stuff for just a two week trip….
Post # 22
I think if you want to have a skiing holiday for sure stay in Whistler. The mountains and village are beautiful and there is lots to do. Zipling, Snowshoeing, dog sledding, the Gondela ride, Pubs and bars, shopping, and of course skiing and snowboarding.
Just be prepared that while visiting Vancouver, it rarely snows but rains like crazy! Feb is not generally not the nicest time to be window shopping downtown. Unless you get some cute wellies and an umbrella big enough for two.
Also depending on your budget, I would try for Canucks Tickets, you can be in the upper bowl for anywhere from 50-100 a ticket or super posh and spend 150+ in the lower bowl. Nothing like getting the true canadian experience then going to a good old Hockey game.
Post # 23
Yes!! Hockey’s a great idea!!
Post # 24
<br />I would also suggest:
1. Fly into Vancouver. Spend 4 days sightseeing (but not necessarily skiing) in Vancouver – visit Stanley Park, the gastown district, Granville Island, etc. Daytrip up to Whistler – there are shuttle busses from Vancouver, but don’t ski. Spend the day walking around the town, maybe go bobsledding for an activity instead! Take a ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island for 2 – 3 days.
2. Fly from Victoria to Calgary. There are daily direct flights. Rent a car or take the shuttle. Stay in Banff for 4 – 5 days, as it is the town with the most shopping and nightlife (and the most tourists). Most hotels provide shuttles to the ski hills. Spend a couple of days skiing at Sunshine (your first day – it’s a good hill to learn on), and a day skiing at Lake Louise (a beautiful hill with lots of runs, but not as big as sunshine so one day will do). Spend a morning/day at the hot springs, and there are some hikes that you can do in the winter as well to see the beautiful views!
Finish with 2 days in Calgary, and a little more sightseeing, shopping, and dining out!
Post # 25
Heck ya! What kind of Canadian Holiday can you have with out Hockey! haha
If the price tag is a little jarring then at the very least pop into a sports bar or pub on a hockey night. The energy is amazing. (assuming we are winning haha) You will make fast friends with everybody around you.
Post # 26
That’s a great plan, thanks a lot! Love hiking, definitely something I want to do if we can! 🙂
Post # 27
Banff/ Jasper is one of the biggest and most popular tourist attractions. Specially for Aussies! I would definitely go there if i were you!
March can still be a good winter season for us, like this year! Tons of snow and very cold. So plan for winter attractions.<br /><br />if you do go to banff or jasper, i would recommend going dog sledding, hot springs and helicopter ride!
Post # 28
Whistler, Banff, Vancouver and Vancouver island. It’s milder in the winter on the West coast and there’s tons to do.