Nothing says Canadian Christmas like a roaring log fire, cold, crisp snowflakes and a day spent skiing between the trees! That’s exactly what you get if you spend your Christmas in the mountains in Canada like I do.
I’m fortunate enough to be living and working in Canada’s mountains for a couple of years, but thousands of people make the flight to visit some of the world’s best snow-capped peaks, including North America’s number one resort, Whistler, BC. And boy, is it worth it!
Christmas in Canada is the same as a lot of countries in that a ‘traditional’ turkey dinner will be on the menu, presents will be given and Christmas trees, lights and decorations will be found. But there’s one thing that makes it just that little bit better: snow. And lots of it.
Last year in the ski resort, I started my day somewhat unconventionally at 6am in the line-up for ‘Fresh Tracks’. For an extra $20 on top of your ski pass you can be one of 100 people to head up in the first gondola of the day to the top of the mountain for an amazing buffet breakfast with an even more amazing sunrise before hitting the slopes before the rest of the public.
I can honestly say it was one of the best Christmases I’ve ever had. Not used to snow on Christmas Day – and let’s face it, how is it even Christmas without it?! – I was taken back to my childhood days of feeling nothing but excitement and happiness.
Basically Christmas in Canada goes a little something like this: ski your heart out on the slopes with the new goggles Santa brought you, retire to your log cabin for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and sip on eggnog and booze in your hot tub in the snow.
In cities like Vancouver and Toronto, people retreat to their homes or to the nearby mountains, so the streets and abundance of outdoor spaces are free to roam. I hear Toronto also puts on a Santa Parade. For an experience really like no other, many people also head north to Manitoba to roam amongst polar bears. And by roam, I mean watch and enjoy from afar!
This year I think I’ll try something a little different like dogsledding, snowmobiling or snow-shoeing for a more mellow Christmas morning.
Whatever the mood calls for, I’ve learnt Canada really has a unique outdoor charm about it and it’s one that shouldn’t be wasted, especially around the holidays.
Merry Christmas, eh? (as the Canadians would say).
By Rachael from Hilltopsandflipflops.com
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