Winter Road Trip to Ottawa in the Winter © Pexels/Twelve Visualz
By Allie Murray
Known as The Great White North, Canada has an abundance of exciting winter road trips and travel. From annual winter events to cold weather fun, there is no shortage of things to discover.
Just two hours north of Toronto, Blue Mountain is home to one of the best ski villages in Ontario. The slopes have 42 trails and are not only perfect for skiing and snowboarding, but visitors also enjoy sledding and snow tubing. After a long day on the slopes, explore the pedestrian village of Blue Mountain Village. It’s filled with gift shops, restaurants, pubs, and fun for the whole family to explore—and be sure to grab the Canadian delicacy BeaverTails before heading home.
The winter road trip to Blue Mountain from New York State is made easier with buses and trains available daily.
Every winter, the historic Rideau Canal in Ottawa turns into the world’s largest skating rink. Weaving through the nation’s capital, the trail creates a skating rink that is a total length of 4.8 miles and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The skating season typically runs from January to March, but is depending on weather conditions, as ice experts need 10 to 14 consecutive days of temperatures between 14°F and -4°F for good quality ice.
Kingston is located just outside the Thousand Islands border crossing and is a charming town full of Canadian history. In 1841 when Canada was known as the United Province of Canada, Kingston was named the country’s first capital city and served as a fort during the first and second world wars.
Now, Kingston is a bustling city, drawing in visitors from across Canada and the U.S.—especially in February when the city hosts its annual Feb Fest. The month-long festival boasts hockey games, light shows, ice sculptures, and more.
Along the Canadian-United States border sits Windsor, an exciting region filled with historic sites and places to explore. Point Pelee is the southernmost point of mainland Canada and the first national park in Canada to be established for conservation. Throughout the winter, the park is the perfect place for hiking and cross-country skiing—and, on a clear night enjoy stargazing and charting the constellations.
In 2020, Toronto was named the top city in North America for sustainable travel, garnering top points for its focus on public transport, green spaces, and renewable energy.
The city, which brings in millions of tourists and locals alike, is home to countless things to do and explore. For a sustainable stay, visit Chelsea Hotel Toronto, which is a certified green hotel by Earth Check. The hotel uses energy-saving light bulbs, showerheads, biodegradable liquids, and soaps; and sustainability elements are integrated into all levels of design.