Christmas in Canada?

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Christmas in Canada?

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:41 am

Any suggestions on places to stay or things to do for a Christmas vacation in Canada?
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Re: Christmas in Canada?

Postby ballu » Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:32 pm

What part of the country are you looking at? If you're into skiing Whistler or Banff are popular destinations...Mount Tremblent in Quebec is also pretty popular. I'm not much of a skiier so I can't help much beyond that. The last few winters have been a little more mild in most parts of the country.
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Re: Christmas in Canada?

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:29 pm

I think skiing is out this year. My brother was wondering about cultural activities in Montreal -- I found some references to various concerts and other activities there but was wondering about Quebec, Toronto or Vancouver -- or if perhaps there was some renowned activity I wasn't aware of. I tried to suggest a Northern Lights expedition but they're not buying it. :(

I'm used to smaller cities where things pretty well shut down for Christmas so am looking for some place where there's something to do and restaurants that will be open for Christmas dinner.
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Re: Christmas in Canada?

Postby leahlovestravel » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:53 pm

Ottawa has skating on the Rideau Canal if the weather is cold enough going into Christmas. Bigger cities like you mentioned should have places open for Christmas, not a lot, but some.

There is an outdoor New Years celebration right at Niagara Falls that is televised with several good bands/musicians...always a good headliner. As the Falls is a tourist destination it will have places open on Christmas. (Also two casinos there.)

If in the Niagara area, there is also the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake which is beautiful at Christmas. There are about 100 wineries in the region as well which many stay open during the winter for tours and tastings...including Ice Wine which is very unique.

Not sure if this is what you're looking for but just some ideas for you.
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Re: Christmas in Canada?

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:24 pm

Thanks for the ideas. Think we're looking at basing in Montreal, probably around Mont Royal.
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