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Affordable winter activities for families in Canada


Winter has arrived in Canada and with it a variety of outdoor activities for families to enjoy! Plenty of affordable options can bring everyone together this season. From ice skating to sledding to hiking, we’ve produced a list of 5 low-cost activities that will create lasting memories while providing you and your family with quality time together. Let’s look at some beautiful ways families can spend their winter days without breaking the bank!


Skating is one of the most popular winter activities in Canada. It is an excellent opportunity to get some exercise while still spending time with family and friends. There are numerous public skating rinks across the country that charge reasonable fees. Take for example esplanade tranquille skating rink in downtown Montreal, a beautiful place to go ice skating with families with common areas for taking a break.

Go have some fun at a festival

There aren’t just summer festivals in Canada! In fact, from the north to the south of the country, there are a lot of them in the winter. They can be an enjoyable way to celebrate the season. You’ll find activities such as outdoor ice skating, sleigh rides, and community bonfires. Also, these activities are usually inexpensive or sometimes free for all family members. Here’s a rundown of some of them:

  • Winterlude, Ottawa
  • Toonik Tyme, Iqaluit
  • Carnaval de Quebec, Quebec City
  • Caribou Carnival, Yellowknife
  • Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls
  • Jasper in January, Jasper


There is always a ton of snowy adventures to be had in Canada during the winter. Sledding is one activity that can offer a fun-filled experience for the whole family.

There are incredible locations in Canada from coast to coast where families can go sledding without having to worry about spending a fortune. These kinds of activities are easily accessible and guaranteed to produce priceless moments that your family will never forget. To find your location, simply check the website of your city or others close to yours, to know if they offer it.

Do a Scavenger Hunt

Ready to explore Canada like never before? Get ready for an unforgettable hiking adventure. Explore Canada’s cities, monuments and landmarks in a creative way with Tourist Scavenger Hunt. With over 30 self-guided tours across 15 unique locations, you’ll have plenty of options no matter which state you visit. Download their app on your smartphone and solve the puzzles that guide each incredible journey, revealing the stories of famous landmarks and neighbourhoods. For example, check out this Montreal Entertainment District walking tour in Quartier des spectacles.

Winter hike and snowshoe

What winter activity list would be complete without winter hiking? Hiking is a great way to explore some of Canada’s winter wilderness and get some exercise at the same time. Many parks across the country offer winter trails that are well maintained and family-friendly. Snowshoeing is another fun winter activity that can take you on an adventure in any terrain. Whether you want to explore a nearby wooded area or go further afield and visit natural wonders like Lake Louise, there are many options available for affordable family trips this winter. Here’s a list of the best park to go hiking in Canada:

  • La Mauricie National Park
  • Pukaskwa National Park
  • Riding Mountain National Park
  • Mount Revelstoke National Park


Overall, wintertime in Canada is full of activities for families to enjoy without breaking the bank. From ice skating and sledding to scavenger hunts and winter festivals, there`s something for everyone! With these affordable winter activities available across the country, your family will be sure to make lasting memories this season. So don’t let cold temperatures keep you inside – go explore all that Canada has to offer this winter with your loved ones!

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