Can’t get enough snow? Check out the world’s best snowy destinations, and prepare to be up to your neck in it.
Snowiest Destinations: Greenland
This frosty getaway is a wonderland like no other. Have you heard the tale that Viking explorers named Iceland and Greenland in order to discourage others from the former so they could keep the discovery of a relatively temperate land to themselves? Whether the legend is true or not, the difference in climate is – while Iceland offers many wintry activities, Greenland is the place for true ice-and-snow adventures, like a three-day, 160-km Arctic Circle Race for skiers; hunting by dog sledge; ice fishing in a fjord; or a camping trip to the Greenland ice cap, the world’s second-largest body of ice.
Snowiest Destinations: Whistler, B.C.
In terms of snowy travel destinations, Whistler offers more than just downhill fun. For the adventurous, active tours include heli-skiing, bungee jumping and dog sledding; mellower travellers will want to check out sleigh rides complete with blankets and hot chocolate and the Scandinave Spa, providing a full water treatment with outdoor hot pools, a eucalyptus steam room, wood-burning sauna and Nordic waterfalls to cool down.
Snowiest Destinations: Siberia, Russia
Even to Canadians, a snowy destination like Russia conjures up images of endless winter and deep snows. Visit the Russia House tourist centre near Novosibirsk in Siberia to experience a classic Russian winter. Stay in wooden houses, take troika (horse carriage) rides, enjoy traditional Russian cuisine and experience the banya, the Russian-style sauna, complete with a dunk in an ice hole to refresh the senses.
Snowiest Destinations: Sapporo, Japan
This wintertime haven calls itself “blessed by snow” and it’s no wonder – with an average annual snowfall of 630 cm (248 inches), you’d have to find a way to love it. Visit during the February Snow Festival to view snow and ice sculptures and play snow games; the city’s White Illumination brightens dark winter nights with an artistic light display around such themes as Christmas and the starry skies.
Snowiest Destinations: Quebec City, Quebec
This winter wonderland has an average of 316 cm (124 inches) of snow every year – and average temperatures low enough that it tends to stick around. Quebec City residents are used to giant snowbanks and lots of shovelling and plowing. Dress warm and drop by during the Quebec Winter Carnival in January and February for snow-related activities including sledding and snow rafting, snow sculpture workshops, a 400-foot ice slide and maple taffy on snow, and to watch 75 brave (some might say crazy) volunteers bathe in the snow in nothing but swimming suits.