Itís a myth that you should avoid Canada in winter. This is when the party begins. And Canadians know how to party. Go dog sledding in the Yukon in December or January, for example, for festive and fun times in the wilderness.
February, March and April are top times for seeing the Northern Lights up in the Yukon Territories.
The road connecting Jasper and Banff National Parks, the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), is open all year round. It is one of the most scenic drives in the world. However, in winter you can expect temporary closures depending on snowfalls and avalanche risks, so always check conditions before you go.
If you want to see polar bears in Churchill with expert naturalists, book well in advance. October and November is key time, but if you want to see the babies emerge with mothers from their dens in March, you need to book a couple of years in advance. Worth the wait though.
July and August is also great for wildlife watching in Churchill with Beluga whales coming out to play, and wildflowers also in full array.
If you donít like the cold, you might not like polar bear watching at all. Temperatures can dip to -30įC in Churchill in November.
For brown and black bears, late April, May and June are great times, as the snows are melting and the grasslands are coming to life with berries and other natural beauties for them to feed upon. Conveniently, these are also lovely wide open spaces for us to see them in.
A lot of Canadaís tourism is season driven. At Responsible Travel we often promote travelling in the shoulder seasons, such as early September; however, Canada hasnít quite woken up to off peak potential yet, and a lot of local businesses shut down at the end of August. If you book with a company that offers tailor made trips, or small group tours, they can ensure that everything you need will be catered for, even if it is just a couple of weeks after school is back.