Wander Winter's Wonderland
Staring into a sky of flickering green, blue, and purple light is an ethereal experience. In British Columbia, particularly in the north, the aurora borealis can often be seen between November and March. When the geomagnetic activity is high, head for Northern Rockies Lodge along the Alaska Highway and look up on cold, clear nights for a spectacular show.
Prefer to be active? Hike amongst snow-covered trees to frozen waterfalls in Wells Gray Provincial Park. Hike to four waterfalls, including the largest, Helmcken Falls, which towers at 141 metres (463 feet). Depending on the temperature, this otherworldly show can be a mix of tumbling water, mist, icicles, and snow.
Gliding through nature is an option, too. In the Kootenay Rockies, skate along the Lake Windermere Whiteway—the longest ice-skating pathway in the world at 34 kilometres (21 miles) long—for a memorable winter’s day.
BC’s 13 major ski resorts are the perfect winter escape, even if you don’t ski. These resorts offer snowshoeing routes, cross-country ski tracks, trails for wintery walks, and much more.