Robin Esrock's Canadian Winter Bucket List

Robin Esrock's Canadian Winter Bucket List

Posted on January 5 by Robin Esrock
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With apologies to Ferris Bueller, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you can’t do winter, if you can’t do cold.  Here are some of my favourite winter experiences on The The Great Canadian Bucket List: 

Heli-Sking in British Colombia

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When a helicopter becomes your own personal ski chair, dropping you on top of mountains with deep, virgin powder stretching in every direction, it’s hard to go back to your local hill. Averaging about 12 runs a day through terrain that freezes a grin to your face, powder skiing or riding is the closest activity I’ve experienced to flying – and I’ve paraglided on 4 continents

 

Attend the Carnaval de Québec

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Shake your booty at Rio’s Carnaval, collect your beads in New Orleans, but whatever you do, don’t miss out on the world’s largest winter festival.  For over half a century, Quebec City’s annual Winter Carnival has attracted millions of revellers to its celebration of snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures.   Festive parades, snow carving, slides, rides and competitions greet visitors to the city’s Battlefields Park, where locals and guests wear the traditional ceinture fléchée, a colourful French-Canadian sash. 

 

See the Northern Lights in the North West Territories

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In a recent UK poll that asked 22 million people what destinations or activities top their Bucket List, 27% (the second highest percentage) said they want to see the northern lights.  One of the best places in the world to do this is in Yellowknife.   The city lies beneath a halo-like ring known as the aurora oval, where lights flare in the sky with an increased intensity.   With few geographical obstructions, and a high percentage of clear winter nights, the northern lights are particularly active from mid-November to mid-April.

 

Go Dogsledding in the Yukon

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The huskies, labradors and tough-as-nails Yukon mutts found in Whitehorse’s Muktuk Kennels are the happiest dogs I’ve ever seen.   Lovingly named, cared for and exercised, the kennel’s 125 dogs can’t wait to you pull you on a sled into the surrounding valley. You’ll quickly learn that dogsledding is all about teamwork.  If the dogs are not happy, you’re not going anywhere.  Fortunately, Muktuk’s Frank Turner – a dogsledding legend who competed in 23 consecutive Yukon Quest races – is there to guide you. 

 

Stay at the Skoki Lodge in Alberta

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Winter guests cross-country ski a challenging 11km to reach Western Canada’s oldest backcountry lodge.  No roads, no 4x4’s – just a path through pristine wilderness inside the Lake Louise Ski Resort, located within Banff National Park.   Awaiting you is a rustic wooden lodge, built in 1931 and selected by early mountaineers for its remoteness, scenic beauty, and access to exceptional ski trails.

 

Robin Esrock’s The Great Canadian Bucket List is available in bookstores nationwide.  For more info, visit www.canadianbucketlist.com.   The Great Northern Canada Bucket List and The Great Prairie Canada Bucket List launch in February. 

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Robin Esrock

Robin Esrock is a bestselling author, journalist, TV host, and public speaker. His stories and photography have appeared in major publications on five continents, including National Geographic Traveler, the Guardian, Chicago Tribune, and the Globe and Mail. The creator and co-host of the internationally syndicated television series Word Travels, Robin lives in Vancouver, B.C.