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Winter fun is definitely something Canadians are known for. From Skiing, to skating, to sugar shacks, to ice hotels, a little snow never slows us down. But every once in a while, it’s time to take off those winter boots and find something a bit on the cozier side to occupy your day.
Here are a whole bunch of fun winter activities you won’t need your toque for:
A cozy pub is a swell place to spend a blizzard-y evening, but why not take it one step further and check out where it all comes from? There are tonnes of microbreweries, distilleries and wineries across the country that offer tours (and usually lots of samples).
Toronto: Steamwhistle Brewery offers tours that include a six-pack to bring home with you (homework!).
Niagara: If you feel like classing it up with a glass of wine, Peller Estates in the Niagara region is just the ticket.
Calgary: If you’re a beer drinker, the Minhas Brewery will send you home with a certificate in “Beerology.”
Turner Valley, AB: Hard liquor more your thing? No need to book a trip to Scotland—Eau Claire Distillery is the province’s first independent craft distillery.
Windsor, ON: The official Canadian Club tour offers cask tastings, a mixology course, and a scavenger hunt.
There’s no better way to spend a freezing afternoon than beating all your friends at your favourite games.
Vancouver: Become the pinball wizard/Tetris champion you always wanted to be at EXP Restaurant and Bar.
Toronto: For a classy spin on bowling, The Ballroom keeps things competitive without the cheesy bowling-alley-kitsch.
Winnipeg: Board game cafés are also popping up in pretty much every major city—Across The Board Café functions as a coffee shop and full-service restaurant and has over 800 games to choose from.
Halifax: The first of its kind in Nova Scotia, The Board Room Café offers coffee and craft brews to enjoyed alongside one of their 500+ selection of titles.
We could all use more culture in our lives, so if you feel like getting inspired or feel like learning a thing or two about science/nature/history/everything, look no further than these attractions.
Ottawa: Explore the National Gallery of Canada wide variety of contemporary art, but be sure to check out Voice of Fire by Barnett Newman, a hugely controversial addition to the gallery’s collection. See our post on the most exciting exhibits opening this year here.
Toronto: The Royal Ontario Museum features natural history and world cultures and boasts a collection of six million objects in over 30 galleries.
Vancouver: Dive into the life aquatic at the Vancouver Aquarium, where you can see and learn about the marine centre’s collection of over 70,000 animals that includes fish, sting rays, penguins, and otters.
Montreal: Head to the Montreal Biodome to experience four different ecosystems found in the Americas and while you’re there, stop by the Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Planetarium for even more educational fun.
So it’s freezing outside, the treadmill’s boring, and you don’t know how to skate… but you’re dying to get some exercise in. No need to stay cooped up on the couch just because it’s winter.
Niagara Falls: Great Wolf Lodge will have you feeling all summery in no time. Trampolines are making an all-ages comeback, with spots popping up all over the country.
Langley, B.C.: Extreme Air Park is Canada’s largest indoor trampoline park, and they have blacklight parties!
Winnipeg: For getting some mountain climbing in, minus the whole frostbite thing, Vertical Adventures in Winnipeg has all the indoor rock climbing you could ever want.