When the winter weather hits, it can seem like the ground isn’t the only thing that’s frozen. Cold weather and snow storms can seem to put the freeze of on fun, especially when it comes to family time. But there’s no need to stay cooped up inside. Here are six fun winter activities that are quintessentially Canadian!.
Hit the Slopes
Canada is a great skiing destination and no matter where you’re located, there’s likely to be a ski hill nearby. Whether you’re checking out Blackcomb/Whistler in B.C., Mont Tremblant in Quebec, or Blue Mountain in Collingwood, there are tons of choices for any ski bunny (even if you just like lounging in the chalet with a good book).
Sleep on Ice
Make a family trip and travel to Quebec City for the Quebec Ice Hotel and the Quebec Winter Carnival. Both are Canadian classics with the opportunity for tons of unique experiences you and your family will remember for a lifetime.
Test Your Triple Sow-Cow
Skating is a Canadian staple and an affordable one, too. There are many free skating rinks across Canada. Check out the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, or The Forks in Winnipeg. Or stay closer to your hometown — there is likely free ice time available at one of your local rinks.
Leave it to the Dogs
You don’t have to travel to the Northwest Territories to see dogsledding (although if you wanted to, that could be a cool trip!). Across Canada there are many dogsledding events all winter long. There’s the Kearney Dog Sled Races in Kearney, Ontario, near Algonquin Park, day trips in Toronto, and adventures in Whistler, B.C. and Banff, Alberta.
Get Up Close with the Polar Bears
Looking for truly unique experience this winter? Take a tour in Churchill, Manitoba to watch the polar bears migrate. You can even stay in a tundra lodge!
The most Canadian? Take a polar bear dip ;)
What are your favourite wintertime family activities? Let us know on social media, we’re @KerrsCandy on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
After coming in from the cold, warm up with a hot chocolate and some Kerr’s candy.
Why not try making a caramel hot chocolate with Kerr’s Creamy Caramels! You’ll need:
2 cups milk
1/4 - 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup caramel sauce (see recipe below)
Sweetened whipped cream or vanilla marshmallows for topping (optional)
Caramel for garnish (optional)
Over medium heat, warm milk in a sauce pan until it just starts to boil.
Reduce heat, and add chocolate chips.
Stir until the chocolate has completely
Add caramel sauce, and stir again.
Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream, marshmallows and a caramel drizzle!
130g Kerr’s Creamy Caramels (one package)
½ cup water
Place the Creamy Caramels (or Toffee) in a medium sized heavy-bottomed pan.
Pour water over the caramels and cook on a low heat, stirring regularly as the caramels melt.
Once caramels melt into the water, bring the caramel to a boil.
Remove from heat and let cool.