10 Canadian Festivals You Should Attend This Winter!

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In Canada, when freezing temperatures take over in the winter, we often tend to embrace a slower pace of life. Still, we invite you to go out and enjoy this time of the year by attending one or many of the various winter festivals our beautiful country has to offer. Here are 10 events you should not miss! 

Carnaval de Québec, Québec City

Cannaval de Quéebc

February 7 to February 16, 2020
https://carnaval.qc.ca/en

This year will mark the 66th edition of Québec City's famous winter carnival. The impressive 10-day program includes the night parade, canoe racing, the Bal des Glaces and ice carving. You're sure to find something fun to do!

World Ski & Snowboard Festival, Whistler

April 15 to 20, 2020
https://www.wssf.com/

This festival has existed since 1996 and brings together the world's best ski and snowboard athletes for various events. Over several days, it offers a combination of art, music and sports. Whistler's World Ski & Snowboard Festival attracts people from all over the world. A great way to enjoy the city's unique winter culture! 

Jasper in January, Jasper

January 17 to February 2, 2020
https://january.jasper.travel/

Over a period of three weeks, this festival celebrates the beauty of winter. A wide array of activities are offered, including cycling, dog sledding, skating, skiing and a lot more. This year marks the festival's 31th anniversary. Lots of surprises await!

Montréal en lumière, Montréal

February 20 to March 1st, 2020
https://www.montrealenlumiere.com/

This year, the festival celebrates 20 years of existence. Its gastronomic program and a great variety of free activities are offered, such as shows, an exhilarating 110-feet descent in the urban winter slide, and Illuminart, an extraordinary circuit of creative events inspired by light. 

Winterlude, Ottawa

Winterlude Canada

January 31st to February 17, 2020
https://www.ottawatourism.ca/events/winterlude/

A one-of-a-kind festival including snow and ice carving competitions, snow games and sports events.

Boardwalk Ice On Whyte, Edmonton

January 23th to February 2nd 2020
https://www.iceonwhyte.ca/

This festival aims to promote the visitors' appreciation of art and culture through open air interactive activities based on creativity. Enjoy the various exhibitions, presentations and ice carving sculptures.

Festival du voyageur, Winnipeg

February 14th to 23th, 2020
https://www.heho.ca

Winnipeg's French neighbourhood, Saint-Boniface, turns into a true winter paradise. This festival celebrates the history of travellers, the Métis and the First Nations. Come explore and enjoy old-time music, traditional food, snow sculptures and shows.

Silver Skate Festival, Edmonton

February 7 to 17, 2020
https://www.silverskatefestival.org/go/

This Dutch-flavoured festival combines sports, arts, culture and leisure activities. It is Edmonton's oldest festival. Several activities are offered, such as breathtaking snow sculptures, winter sports, horse-drawn sleighs, theatrical performances, concerts, triathlon events and speed skating. 

Niagara Icewine festival, Niagara

January 10 to 16, 2020
http://www.niagarawinefestival.com

Over three weekends, come celebrate winter and wine in Niagara. This festival offers unique food and wine pairings as well as a sumptuous soirée at the Fallsview Casino Resort. Dance all night with Northern Lights as a theme!  

Igloofest, Montreal

January 16 to February 1st, 2020
http://igloofest.ca/

This will be the event's 14th edition. This year, the festival has an incredible program bringing together the most popular local and international artists. If you like electronic music, you're sure to have a great time!