Ottawa, Canada - February 5, 2013: Ice sculpture of a polar bear holding a maple leaf at the 2013 Ottawa Winterlude Festival
As family and friends ring in the New Year and get ready for winter, VersaCold is working in the background, partnering with our customers to make sure the food that reaches tables is fresh, safe, and delicious.
Winter is Canada’s season, and at VersaCold we love all things cold and Canadian, so what better way to embrace the frosty weather and celebrate living in the great white north than by bundling up and attending one of the country’s many outdoor winter festivals.
With events from coast to coast, there is truly something for everyone. So lace up your skates, grab your toque and check out what’s happening from Jasper to Fredericton. Below is a list of the coolest winter festivals across the country.
Top 10 Canadian festivals to attend when it’s cold
1. Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous
February 16 – February 25, 2018
Bringing together both Yukoners and people from around the world, this award-winning festival showcases outdoor contests and skills competitions and is a chance to celebrate the unique culture of the Yukon and explore Northern Canada.
2. World Ski & Snowboard Festival
April 7 – April 16, 2018
Musicians, artists, athletes and snow lovers take over the mountain at this legendary winter festival. With concerts, comedy and championships, the vibe is contagious at this popular outdoor event.
3. Jasper in January
January 11 – January 28, 2018
Get ready for an outdoor adventure like no other in Jasper. This event offers skiing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding, skating, ice climbing and sleigh rides during the day and outstanding culinary experiences to tempt your taste buds in the evening.
4. Ice on Whyte
January 25-28 and February 1-4, 2018
Experience Edmonton’s incredible ice carving festival. Check out the ice carving competition, try your hand at an ice carving lessons in an inflatable igloo and grab a frosty beverage at the sub-zero ice bar.
5. Festival du Voyageur
February 16 – February 25, 2018
As Western Canada’s largest winter festival, this event transforms Winnipeg’s French quarter into a winter wonderland. Explore Voyageur, Metis and First Nations culture through traditional food, music and entertainment.
February 2 – February 19, 2018
This year marks the 40th anniversary of this festival in the heart of the nation’s capital and features an impressive snow sculpture competition and the world’s largest skating rink along the Rideau Canal.
7. Niagara Icewine Festival
January 12 – January 28, 2018
Sample the best of Niagara’s icewine, made from frozen grapes hand-picked in the middle of the night. With over 100 wines from over 35 award-winning wineries, this is a unique culinary experience not to be missed.
8. Carnaval de Quebec
Quebec City, QC
January 26 – February 11, 2018
As the largest winter festival in the world, this iconic Canadian event features over 200 activities and a majestic ice palace. Be sure to try a shot of Caribou, a bold and hearty alcoholic drink lightly sweetened with a touch of maple syrup – a great way to stay warm!
January 18 – February 3, 2018
Dance the night away to electronic music at Montreal’s Old Port. With the best in local and international DJs, icy décor, poutine and an “Iglooswag” winter-wear contest, this event is the coolest place to be.
10. Fredericton FROSTival
January 18 – February 4, 2018
The Maritime’s premiere winter event promises “outdoor frolicking at its best.” With 100+ indoor and outdoor events across the city such as markets, crafts, concerts, sporting events and seafood and beer tastings, it’s an event the whole family is sure to enjoy.