Canada truly is a natural wonderland, especially in the wintertime–and we’ve got the sweet slopes to prove it. Keep scrolling to discover some of our country’s best-kept secret ski resorts and hidden treasures in the snow.
Le Valinouet, Saguenay, QC
Located close to the city of Saguenay, Le Valinouët is an undiscovered Quebec ski resort that offers family fun and outdoor activities beyond downhill ski slopes. This is one of the few ski resorts in the province where you’ll find 100% pure snow, so make the most of the snowy season and explore our winter wonderland on their cross-country ski or snowshoe trails that stretch over eight kilometres. They even have downhill tubing (including a lift) for the whole family!
Where to stay: This hidden treasure is indeed hidden–around three hours from the Quebec Airport by car. For the most convenient option, there is sweet lodging at the resort itself. Otherwise, you can stay nearby in Chicoutimi. Options in Chicoutimi include Hotel du Fjord and Hotel le Montagnais.
Le Massif, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, QC
Looking for a challenge on the slopes? Le Massif has the highest vertical drop east of the Rockies. Located just outside of Quebec City, you can enjoy fabulous views of the St. Lawrence River and feel good about your choice, since Le Massif is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. That means it is oriented toward conserving biodiversity via sustainable tourism.
Make a trip to this under the radar Quebec ski resort a weekend excursion, and bring the kids to the Winter Carnival that happens each February in Old Quebec. They’ll love taking a selfie with the beloved Bonhomme Carnaval!
Where to stay: Because this ski resort is close to Quebec City proper, you can stay in the city and take advantage of the ski bus shuttle service to the resort. Have a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the infamous Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec, one of the top hotels in North America just steps from the major attractions and lots of restaurants. Or opt for an auberge like Au Petit Hotel.
Les Sommets, Saint-Sauveur, QC
Les Sommets is the original Quebec ski resort. A good alternative to the popular resort of Mont-Tremblant, you’ll find the heart of Quebec ski history and culture right here, including plenty of accommodation, breathtaking surroundings, and après-ski opportunities. This is also the site of the first ski lift built in North America! Les Sommets is complete with five hills, 156 trails, and over 700 passionate instructors to help you hone your skills or even just stay upright.
Where to stay: Save money in a beautiful location at Auberge Cap aux Corbeaux or be pampered at the Hotel & Spa Le Germain Charlevoix. Saint-Sauveur ski resort is a quick 45-minute drive from Montreal (depending on traffic) so you can fly into Montreal Trudeau Airport and go from there.
For an authentic Quebec experience, be sure to hit up the sugar shack nearby. Our recommendation is Cabane a Sucre Arthur Raymond.
Crabbe Mountain, Central Hainesville, NB
Crabbe Mountain is said to be the best ski resort in the Maritimes. Come here for winter festivals and the best downhill skiing in New Brunswick, as Crabbe Mountain has the highest vertical descent in Atlantic Canada. Plan your trip here around the Fredericton Frostival, the largest winter celebration in the Maritimes. This popular Canadian winter festival features outdoor activities, shows, foodie specials, live music, and more. The festival is currently on through February 2nd.
Where to stay: You’ll want to fly into Fredericton and head north to reach Crabbe Mountain. The Delta Hotel Fredericton offers ski & stay packages starting at $169.
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Poley Mountain, Waterford, NB
Poley Mountain Resorts limited is a family-friendly destination with 32 trails and a 200-metre vertical drop. It’s also only 10 km from Sussex, the Maritimes’ “dairy centre”, known for its friendly people and delicious cheeses (what more could you ask for?). Highlights also include ten trails for night skiing and live bands every weekend.
Where to stay: Poley is conveniently located between New Brunswick’s three major cities (Moncton, Saint John, and Fredericton). So you have your pick of charming destinations to call home for the stay. Try Amsterdam Inn & Suites Sussex to stay close.
Antoine Mountain, Mattawa, ON
This Ontario ski resort is a best-kept secret in the Upper Laurentian Mountains. At almost 200 metres, Antoine Mountain is one of the tallest peaks in Ontario. You’ll find spectacular views everywhere you turn. This beauty also features the longest run in the province at 2.9 km. Visit their newly renovated chalet to enjoy live music every Saturday night, signature Canadian cocktails, and authentic poutine.
Where to stay: Le Voyageur Inn in downtown Mattawa offers Ski & Stay couples getaways for you and your sweetie.
Asessippi Ski Resort, Inglis, MB
While you might not think of Manitoba is a ski resort destination, the Asessippi Ski Area and Resort proves to be a great spot to experience our Canadian winter. They have a new snow tubing park, a winter village, 26 runs of well-maintained slopes, and there are ski lessons and affordable rentals available on site. And don’t worry if you’re not a big skier! Asessippi has a beginner ski and snowboard area. Try their ‘Snow Sample Sundays’, where you can get a deal on their Ollie Express Pass, a coaching session beforehand, and a full set of rentals.
Where to stay: The closest international airport is in Regina–about three hours away. The easiest place to shack up is in the Little Village on the resort, which has a couple of pubs and eateries on site.
Silver Summit, Yellowhead County, AB
Silver Summit is the largest ski hill beyond the Rocky Mountains with a vertical drop of over 300 metres. With about three metres of 100% natural snow per year, this under-the-radar ski resort is Alberta’s perfect playground. They offer affordable rates and accommodations with a number of hostel-style rooms, making this a great choice for large groups.
Where to stay: Silver Summit is in a remote location near Edson, Alberta. The closest international airport is in Edmonton, and you will need a car to get to the mountain. Once you’re there, there are a number of affordable options at the resort itself.
Sun Peaks Resort, Sun Peaks, BC
We all know and love Whistler, but what about Sun Peaks? With 13 lifts, 135+ runs, 882 metres of vertical ascent, and 4,270 acres of skiable terrain, Sun Peaks is the second largest ski resort in Canada. Après-ski, you can enjoy the ski-through village filled with little shops and eateries. The satisfying ski experience, charming village, and extra activities like dog sledding make Sun Peaks a must-visit in beautiful British Columbia.
Where to stay: Kamloops Airport is about 50 minutes away. From the airport, grab an airport shuttle right to Sun Peaks. You can stay close at the Coast Sundance Lodge or just ten minutes away at The Pinnacle Lodge.
Silver Star Mountain Resort, Okanagan, BC
One of Canada’s oldest ski resorts, Silver Star Mountain Resort is a favourite with pro skiers. This is thanks to the challenging terrain and expert runs with fast turns and steep hills. The expansive trails allow you to go off alone and enjoy the scenery as you carve the champagne powder snow. Plus, the charming alpine village makes this BC ski resort a favourite for everyone!
Where to stay: Silver Star is about 50 minutes from Kelowna Airport and about 25 minutes from Vernon. The Bulldog Hotel has colourful, European-style rooms, while the Firelight Lodge is a sweet spot right by the skating pond and tubing park.
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