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8 Small Towns In Canada For Winter Getaways That Will Fix You Right Up

It's never too early to start planning your next vacation. Now that the snow has arrived, you might be dreaming about going on a magical winter getaway with your friends. Thankfully, you don't need to spend much money or travel too far to enjoy a fun-filled adventure. There are plenty of charming small towns in Canada perfect for winter getaways so that you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

There's a reason those small Canadian towns are often featured in Hallmark Christmas moviesthey are dreamy locations. There's nothing like escaping big crowds and loud noises to stroll through an adorable town covered in twinkling lights and soft fluffy snow to help you feel relaxed.

If you're looking to enjoy some seasonal fun, you'll want to head to Saint Adolphe in Manitoba where you can have an incredible time getting lost in the world's largest snow maze. Or, you can walk along the picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, which transforms into a Christmas village, and later in the winter, hosts an Icewine Festival.

Other not-to-miss sights include riding an exhilarating alpine roller coaster that will have you travelling at speeds of up to 35km down a snow-covered mountain in Saint-Sauveur, Quebec.

Here are eight charming Canadian small towns that you need to explore this winter for the perfect escape:

Saint Adolphe

Address: Saint Adolphe, MB

Why You Need To Go: Here, you can visit A Maze In Corn, which is home to the world's largest snow maze.

Ladysmith

Address: Ladysmith, BC

Why You Need To Go: Every winter, the tiny town of Ladysmith hosts the dazzling Festival Of Lights where all the buildings are covered in colourful lights.

Yellowknife

Address: Yellowknife, NT

Why You Need To Go: In the winter, Yellowknife is one of the best spots in Canada to see the Northern Lights. In the evening, you can see the sky turn vibrant shades of green, pink, and yellow.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Address: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: Over the holiday season, Niagara-on-the-Lake transforms into a dreamy Christmas village covered in lights. Plus, this is the spot to enjoy a glass of icewine at the Icewine Festival.

Saint-Sauveur

Address: Saint-Sauveur, QC

Why You Need To Go: This ski town is best enjoyed in the winter. In addition to the plentiful trails, there's also a thrilling alpine roller coaster you can try.

Banff

Address: Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: Banff turns into a winter wonderland once the snow arrives. Here, you can explore a gorgeous ice castle or go skating on Lake Louise.

Blue Mountains

Address: Blue Mountains, ON

Why You Need To Go: There's so much to do in The Blue Mountains in winter. Two must-try experiences are walking through a rainbow-coloured illuminated trail and skating through a breathtaking forest.

Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier

Address: Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC

Why You Need To Go: Every winter in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, they build the famous ice hotel which is a dreamy spot to spend the night.

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