In February 2020 I had the privilege to travel to Alberta and explore its winter wonderland. Never had I see so much snow and Im an avid winter adventurer. Im from Europe and winters in Europe do not even look a tiny bit like winters in Canada. In this blog I will take you along my 2 weeks itinerary in Alberta and give you tips on where to stop and what to do.
Planning a trip to Canada in winter? In February 2020 I traveled to Alberta in Canada to experience the city of Edmonton, Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper National Park in winter and participated in all kinds of winter activities from snowboarding to ice climbing and spotting wildlife in Alberta. Since it can get very cold in Canada in winter with freezing temperatures from -5 to -30 degrees Celsius (23 to -22 F), it’s necessary properly to pack for winter travel. Warm clothes to wear in extreme cold weather conditions, not only in Canada, but this winter packing list can basically be used for all countries with these cold temperatures.
Did you know there are plenty opportunities to spot wildlife in Alberta in winter? Although all bears are obviously having their winter sleep and there are less birds in winter, you are still able to spot lots of animals in Alberta, like elk, deer, moose, goats, bighorn sheep, coyotes, wolves, owls, birds, bison and the elusive lynx and cougar or mountain lion. Therefore, I would recommend spotting wildlife as one of the best things to do in Alberta in winter.
Whoever thought that a winter city trip to Edmonton would be a cool thing to do? Me neither until lately I discovered a whole different side of this city when visiting in February. Edmonton has many activities and attractions that are specific for winter. It creates a winter wonderland with free and fun things to do. Totally worth visiting.
Ever since I stayed at the Fairmont Dubai this hotel chain became a favorite to go to place around the world, so when after my trip to Edmonton I drove towards Jasper National Park and found out I was staying in the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge I got super excited.
When traveling to Canada don’t waste money on high roaming costs, buy a Canada sim card! In this article you will find all the pay as you go sim card operators in Canada, the best network for you, the prices and even Canada sim cards that you can order online. A local sim card is the best way to stay connected and it is easy, reliable, cheapest and gives you the fastest internet connection!
When arriving into Canada you are best off to buy a Canada sim card straight away. Don’t get stuck with crazy roaming costs as internet abroad when traveling can be extremely costly. In this guide I will tell you everything you need to know about buying a sim card at Toronto Airport. Also interesting for you could be my best sim card for Canada travel guide.
Out of all the places I visited on my 2 week Alberta itinerary this winter cruising around in Jasper National Park was my favorite. The little town of Jasper is beautifully located in the National Park and a true paradise in winter for those who are looking for adventurous things to do. Whether you are looking to go hiking, spotting wildlife, skiing, canyoneering... you can find it in Jasper in winter.
Travelling the East coast of Canada was one of the many trips I did last year. Only knowing the city in connection with the Titanic disaster was my main reason for to visit Halifax on the far North East of Canada’s coastline. A beautiful drive takes you from Quebec right to Halifax, where there are much more tourist attractions and things to do than just the Titanic stories.
Canada’s capital Ottawa was without any doubt one of my stops on my itinerary. The only thing I knew was that I really wanted to visit Parliament Hill, to see where all the important decisions are made in Canada. But after spending three lovely days in Ottawa I left the city, impressed by everything I did, saw and experienced those past three days.
The Niagara Falls were the second stop of my trip through Canada and the USA, and I was beyond excitement about finally visiting these famous and amazing falls. During my stay at the falls I constantly saw these helicopters rides over the falls, that’s when I thought, I need to be on one of those, I want to see the Niagara Falls from above.
My most recent Canada trip also brought me to the vibrant city of Montreal. Searching for Montreal accommodation for my travels, for me it’s important that my hotel is located on a prime location in the city I visit. This lead me to Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal Downtown. With their newly renovated Club Rooms and its location right in the middle of downtown, this had to be my place to stay.
I visited Canada last September during the so-called Indian Summer. It’s when all the leaves of the trees, especially the maple leaf, start to colour. Algonquin Provincial Park was one of the few nature parks I visited during my recent trip through Canada, but a must as Indian Summer here is just amazing! Autumn is the most colorful and wonderful season to travel to East Canada.
As a traveler, the Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac has been on my bucket list of places I have always wanted to stay at least once. When I started planning my most recent trip through the Eastern parts of Canada and the USA, Quebec obviously had to be one of my stops. So this year I was finally able to stay at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, truly a dream come true! The Château Frontenac is so much more than just a hotel, it is an icon of the city of Quebec. Keep reading if you want to find out everything about this fairytale castle hotel.