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Popular Canadian destinations for winter travel are seeing impressive demand

As many Canadians approach the February long weekend, called Family Day in many provinces, demand data from Expedia Group’s Vrbo and Expedia sites shows that Canadians are serious about taking advantage of domestic travel opportunities.

Here are the most popular long weekend destinations based on demand on vacation rental site Vrbo:

  • Whistler, BC

  • Mont-Tremblant, Que.

  • Canmore, AB.

  • Sun Peaks, BC

  • Victoria, BC

  • The Blue Mountains, Ont.

  • Tofino, BC

Many of these destinations are seeing a significant increase in interest over the past two years. Demand for Canmore, Alberta has increased 45% over the past two years, demand for Sun Peaks, BC has increased 60% over the past two years, and demand for Tofino, Colombia British, increased by 75%. percent.

A major theme is that many of these destinations are specifically close to the ski slopes.

“There is so much pent-up demand for travel as the year begins with our first long weekend for many,” read the information from Expedia Group.

Expedia data also shows that domestic travel is leading the way for Canadians traveling this long weekend.

The most popular long weekend destinations, according to Expedia accommodation demand, are:

  • Vancouver, BC

  • Banff, AB.

  • Toronto, Ont.

  • Niagara Falls, Ont.

  • Whistler, BC

  • Canmore, AB.

  • Montreal, Que.

  • Victoria, BC

  • Golden, BC

  • Calgary, Alta.

Banff, Alberta specifically has seen demand increase by 50% over the past two years and demand for Golden, BC has increased by approximately 70% over the past two years.

While some of these well-known ski and snowboard destinations are also in high demand on Expedia, some major cities are also starting to pick up interest.

“Interestingly, we are seeing an emerging interest in urban markets, … a shift indicating that travelers are once again returning to city centers,” the Expedia Group information says.

The snow is soft and fresh at Sun Bowl on Whistler Mountain. Whistler Blackcomb Lightbox:

Things to do in some of Canada’s top travel destinations

Whistler, BC

For many people, Whistler, BC is completely synonymous with winter sports and activities, including skiing and snowboarding, making it a must-visit destination for many people around the world.

If you want to take your experience of the big mountains up a notch, you can even go heliskiing and snowboarding, for the more skilful on the slopes, or improve your technique with a ski or snowboard lesson with a Olympian at Whistler Blackcomb.

Mont-Tremblant, Que.

If going East is what you are looking for, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec will be the place for you.

Not only are there top-notch skiing and snowboarding, ice climbing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and skating opportunities, but you can also experience the sugar shack experience typically Quebec. Taste delicious cartographic treats, including maple taffy made on snow. La Cabane À Tuque also offers a totally vegetarian maple-inspired menu.

Mount Engadine Lodge in Canmore, Alberta.  (Sébastien Buzzalino)

Mount Engadine Lodge in Canmore, Alberta. (Sébastien Buzzalino)

Canmore, AB.

If you’re looking for a charming mountain experience, Canmore, Alta, is where you want to be, especially if you’re still trying to avoid the crowds amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you really want to disconnect, Mount Engadine Lodge is a backcountry lodge that has no cell service, and no TVs or telephones in the rooms (with WiFi access available on request), in addition to tents and glamping yurts.

Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, heated saltwater pool

Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, heated saltwater pool

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver is well known for its great food, but if you’re there in February, take advantage of the Ocean Wise Seafood Festival, which involves seafood restaurants, retailers and purveyors whipping up tasty dishes, with a portion of the proceeds going to the sustainable seafood program. . The festival is present across Canada, but the program was born in the city.

If you’re looking for rest, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver recently launched its Alchemy of Sleep retreats, offering sleep-inducing treatments, movement-focused activities and amenities including water yoga in a heated saltwater pool, an overnight recovery and release facial, and proprietary aromatherapy oil blends.

Another iconic accommodation option is the Fairmont Pacific Rim and for the month of February, check out the ‘Kiss from a Rose’ offering at the Willow Stream Spa, a full body massage experience with aromas of rose and rose infused oil. neroli.

BANFF SPRINGS, CANADA - NOVEMBER 23: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is covered in a fresh layer of snow on November 23, 2010 in Banff Springs, Canada.  The famous hotel, built by the Canadian Railroad in 1888, is considered by many travel critics to be one of the best destination hotels in the world.  (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

BANFF SPRINGS, CANADA – NOVEMBER 23: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is covered in a fresh layer of snow on November 23, 2010 in Banff Springs, Canada. The famous hotel, built by the Canadian Railroad in 1888, is considered by many travel critics to be one of the best destination hotels in the world. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Banff, AB.

Canada’s ‘Castle in the Rockies’, Fairmont Banff Springs, is a must-see on a trip to the region and is definitely worth a night’s stay. If you are traveling during the winter season, don’t forget to take advantage of the ski offer until April 30.

Banff is a great place to try winter activities like snowshoeing, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, or even an ice walk, a guided tour to explore frozen waterfalls through suspended walkways. But really, the breathtaking views alone are something to experience.

evergreen brick

evergreen brick

Toronto, Ont.

Visiting Canada’s largest city means there are a ton of different things to do, see, eat and experience. The best way to see Toronto is to visit as many neighborhoods as possible, including Roncesvalles and The Junction in the western part of the city, or Leslieville in the east.

But Toronto even has some great outdoor trails to explore, including the area around Evergreen Brick Works and Rouge National Urban Park, North America’s largest urban park.

Sun Peaks, BC

Sun Peaks, BC

Sun Peaks, BC

There’s no better time for Canadians to really experience what we have in our own backyard and Sun Peaks, BC is another great option for a winter adventure.

From backcountry hiking to winter biking and ice fishing, there are a ton of options, with 4,270 acres of land (the second largest in Canada) and an average of 2,000 hours sunshine every year. You can even ski with Nancy Greene, Olympian and Director of Skiing at Sun Peaks.

Remote Floating Sauna Tofino Resort + Marina (Marcus Paladino)

Remote Floating Sauna Tofino Resort + Marina (Marcus Paladino)

Tofino, BC

Located on the coast of Vancouver Island, anyone looking for an awe-inspiring nature experience should head to Tofino, BC.

Tofino Resort + Marina also recently launched a new six-hour remote floating sauna experience in Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, where you can see the landscape of Tla-o-qui-First Nation territory. oh. There is also a “Cook Your Own Catch” option where you collect crab or shrimp on the way back, and they are cooked at the 1909 Kitchen restaurant.

Mountain scenery at Kicking Horse Resort in Golden, BC

Mountain scenery at Kicking Horse Resort in Golden, BC

Golden, BC

Surrounded by the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Purcell and Selkirk as you can imagine, the terrain of Golden, BC offers spectacular experiences.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is known for its skiing and snowboarding, but also has an incredible Eagle’s Eye Suite that towers 7,700 feet and overlooks the Columbia Valley, Purcell and Selkirk Mountains. There are also beauty lodges to rent in the area for a more private and secluded experience.

The Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Center is the only place in Canada where you can walk with wolves in their natural habitat or view them from an observation station if you don’t want to get that close.