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Geographically Canada is one of the largest and most diverse countries in the world and each Canadian province has its own characteristics and features considered as 'must see' attractions, events and festivals.  Pick your region in Atlantic CanadaCentral Canada,  Western Canada, or the three northern territories are Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon.

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Canada's Winter Carnival Festival Season Announced in Ottawa

Canada Winterfests and Winter CarnivalsCanada's winterfest and winter carnival season kicked off with the announcement in Ottawa that Winterlude (Ontario and Quebec combined) the largest winter carnival will take place from January 30 to February 16, 2015, with festivities taking place at three official sites: Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau and the Rideau Canal Skateway and Confederation Park in Ottawa. A wide range of activities will also be presented by partners at other venues around Canada’s Capital Region. Visitors unable to get to Ottawa can find additional options for  Winter Carnivals and Festivals in Canada.

25 Minute Airport Ride To Be A Reality In 2015 

Toronto Airport Express TrainThe much awaited arrival from Japan is in Toronto and being readied for the launch in the Spring of 2015. The ride from Pearson Airport to downtown Toronto is expected to take 25 minutes. Fans of the train adopted the #trackthetrains hashtag on Twitter, helping to further spread the word about the train’s arrival in the city. Travelling to the airport will be a whole lot easier. Imagine rising above traffic while experiencing speed and reliability, all stress-free. See more on Airport Train

National Christmas Tree Day on December 6th 2014

Ontario Grown Christmas TreesCanada celebrates the last harvest of the season.  Christmas tree farmers are encouraging all Canadians to purchase a real wood tree this year.  The Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario and the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association have declared the first Saturday of December as Christmas Tree Day in Canada.  The Ontario MNR have also encouraged Ontario residents to celebrate the day with a tree purchase.  See Christmas Tree  news from the Ontario.  Make this a day trip event with the family for a visit to rural Canada and pick your own! See Road Trip Ideas in Canada

Christmas Holidays and New Years Eve in Canada

Santa Claus Travels Canada's holiday season activities are very festival with recent snowfalls across the country. A busy Santa will making his way in reindeer pulled sleighs (and in some cases Santa has to paddle)  through communities in preparation for the big day on  December 25. He will be recovering on Boxing Day-a Public holiday.   Christmas week winter activities leading up to the New Year will offer a long weekend over New Years Eve.  Find December special days and 2015 JanuaryFebruary and March special days to help plan your winter getaways.


Canada's Festivals of Lights
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Canada's Festivals of Lights & Christmas Tree LightingSome of the best holiday season events and festivals take place in November and December focused around various light festivals with both cultural and religious significance for many.  A favourite in Central Canada in Ontario is 'First Light' held at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons on the shores of Georgian Bay in Midland Ontario. Ottawa, the Capital hosts National Lights  Across Canada.

Ste. Anne's Adds New Fitness Facility to Spa Village

Ste. Anne's Adds New Fitness Facility to Spa VillageMaison Sante is Ste. Anne's new multi-dimensional focus on fitness and wellness.  Located in the heart of the spa village it houses a wide range of equipment familiar to exercise buffs, including treadmills, elliptical machines, weights, rowing machines and a recumbent bike.  For the past eight years, Ste. Anne's has been voted "Canada's Favourite Spa". Located on more than 400 acres of scenic, rolling countryside, it offers guests more than 35 rejuvenating spa services, uniquely appointed accommodations, first-class amenities and, of course, delicious cuisine. Read more on Ste. Anne's New Fitness Facility

Get the best of winter north of Toronto

Snow season fun in OntarioWith the early onset of winter the snowbelt regions north of Toronto are getting ready for the upcoming 2014-15 Winter Getaways north of Toronto. Ski resort destinations are rejoicing and are looking forward to one of the earliest starts to the boarding and ski season. Resort operatos are preparing  cross country ski trails,  terrain parks and grooming on the slopes.  Snow making is underway with many of the ski resorts. 

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Quebec offers new Ski Alliance with Multiple Area Lift Pass

In the ski resort owners' view, the idea of joining forces is truly inspirational. ... Our ski and snowboard resorts offer visitors exceptional conditions and breathtaking views. a multi-resort ticket allowing skiers to move freely between the Massif de Charlevoix, Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham Mountain Resort, when they buy their tickets through a participating hotel in the region. See more on the St. Lawrence Summits (Quebec City and Charlevoix tourist regions) or visit at  at the Toronto Ski and Snowboard Show.

Canadian dollar Currency changes adds value for U.S. visitors-Keeps Canadians in Staycation Mode

The Canadian dollar  is better for U.S. visitors ... beleaguered manufacturers, exporters and domestic tourist operators, and a tonic ... messaging by the Bank of Canada, and that has a lot of impact on expectations.  See Globe and Mail story  Why a lower loonie is (mostly) good for Canada 

2015 Winter Canada Dates and Events

Find special dates for holidays and events in Canada during the first three winter months.  Find information on Canada's New Years Day, first Prime Minister in January 2015.  Family Day and the  Canada Winter Games in February 2015 are highlights. Maple Syrup Festivals and the School holiday breaks are featued in March 2015 in Canada. 

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