It’s also worth pointing out that there’s far more to see and do here than just ski or snowboard. Winter zip lining, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice skating are all on offer, with the added bonus of a dip in a snow fringed hot tub at the end of the day, perhaps with a frosty beer in hand.
Be in no doubt, anywhere you go in Canada you will be reminded that ice hockey is the national sport of choice, with every town and city having its own beloved team. In the Quebecois city of Montreal, theirs is the Canadiens. When it comes to atmosphere and raw emotion, nothing comes close to NHL games. Canadiens’ fans have been starved of Stanley Cup success in the modern era, having to hark all the way back to 1993 when they last lifted the giant trophy. Get yourself some tickets and roar them on yourself as the big hits fly in and the pucks burst the net.
When the ice melts in Montreal, focus turns to the soccer field and the city’s MLS team, the Montreal Impact. There is a real buzz about the team at the moment as the city’s French connection lured France international star Thierry Henry to come and manage the team. Why not drop in at Stade Saputo and give Henry’s boys a cheer?
If the likes of Algonquin Park still doesn’t feel wild enough for you, then perhaps the Saskatchewan will. The national park boasts 100,000 lakes and rivers that make this heaven for those crazy about fishing. Park rangers organize fishing trips that take guests to the best fishing spots, where you can net a variety of fish, which can then be barbecued on a lakeside beach or taken back to your cosy log cabin. When the lakes freeze over in the winter months there’s even the option to go ice fishing, drilling down to the frozen depths, waiting to see which beast takes the bate.