Some choose to hibernate during the long Canadian winters, while others embrace the glistening ice and fluffy powdered snow. Canada’s historic places provide excellent opportunities for all to benefit from the best of the season.
While most historic places reduce programming from October to April, many still offer winter activities, allowing you to visit and appreciate their historic significance. No matter where you live in Canada, instead of hiding away from Old Man Winter, throw on your wool socks and knitted hat and get out and explore!
Ottawa, Ontario – For the Winterluders!
During winter’s coldest months, the Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada becomes an enchanting winter wonderland for people of all interests and ages. For the more active folks, there are several kilometres of groomed ice between the historic locks that are perfect for skating. Along the way, there are stunning ice and snow sculptures as well as warm, decadent beavertails and steaming hot chocolate to enjoy. Many choose to wander around on foot, while others challenge themselves to cover as much distance as possible along this skate-way recognized as the largest naturally frozen outdoor rink in the world!
Winnipeg, Manitoba – For the social butterflies
The Forks National Historic Site of Canada, located at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers in Winnipeg, has served as a meeting point for thousands of years. It remains a place where people can enjoy activities year round. Skaters and skiers can take advantage of the frozen rivers, while others can enjoy the concerts and MTS Snowjam under the Northern Lights! From mid-December until March, the Arctic Glacier Winter Park is open to all who wish to tear down the toboggan run, explore the Interactive Ice Castle or show off their moves in the professionally designed Snowboard Fun Park. New Years Eve offers a special celebration, complete with fireworks!
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador – For the hardy
Imagine hiking your way up Cape Spear National Historic Site of Canada on a crisp Sunday in February – you are now at the most easterly point of North America! While catching your breath, cast your gaze across the deep-blue Atlantic waters with Newfoundland’s oldest surviving lighthouse at your back. Take shelter from the wintry gusts in the Second World War gun battery, installed at Cape Spear to defend the entrance to St. John’s Harbour.
These coming winter activities are just a taste of what is available at, and around, Canada’s historic places. Try something new this winter, and visit a nearby site!
Source : http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/pages/32_winter_hiver.aspx