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November 11, 2010 10:57 ET Embraces Winter With Its List of Top Canadian Winter Festivals

TORONTO--(Marketwire - November 11, 2010) - Winter is almost here. With the clocks moving back an hour and the days getting shorter, Canadians are beginning to prepare for the season ahead. To get into the spirit of this festive time of year,, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, has created a list of the Top Canadian Winter Festivals

"It may be cold in Canada, but that doesn't mean Canadians have to stay inside," said Oonagh Shiel, content editor at "Whether it's skating on the canal in Ottawa for Winterlude, meeting Bonhomme Carnaval in Quebec City or staying up all night for Nuit Blanche in Montreal, Canadians can warm up on the inside by getting outdoors and embracing the winter with these fun-filled family events." 

Here is a peak into the festivals that made the list with more details on each festival available online:

  • Winter Festival of Lights Niagara Falls from November 6-January 31
    Every winter, this festival sees rays of flaring, multi-coloured light designs cut through the splash of the majestic water fall. If that's not enough, beginning December 1, Rink at the Brink gets under way -- ice skating next to the rim of Niagara Falls. In addition, the festival offers a host of concerts, fireworks and other outdoor displays of winter merriment. To top off the evening, grab some hot chocolate and go for a drive around the city of Niagara Falls -- its own dazzle of winter lighting will not disappoint. Search and compare cheap flights to Toronto.

  • Le Carnaval de Quebec from January 28-February 13
    Dating back to 1894, the Carnaval de Quebec -- or Quebec Winter Carnival -- puts on a pageant of winter wonderment that includes skiing, dog sledding, canoe racing and sleigh racing during the day. In the evenings, attendees are invited to stroll around vieux (old) Quebec and view the shimmering snow sculptures on display, including a full-sized ice palace. Throughout all of the festivities, the Carnaval's jolly ambassador, Bonhomme (short for bonhomme de neige), can be found zipping around the old city, accompanied by his mischievous little knights, the Knuks. Search and compare cheap flights to Quebec City.

  • Winterlude (Bal de neige) from February 4-20
    Held in Ottawa for three spectacular weeks, Winterlude is an outdoor winter rendezvous with ornate ice sculptures in the Rogers Crystal Garden, a gigantic snow playground, and the world's largest skating rink, at almost 8km long. More festivities are offered including the Taste of Winterlude or check out the snow-powdered Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park featuring a snow sculpture competition. More details about winter festivities in the Ottawa Gatineau are online or search and compare cheap flights to Ottawa to experience the fun for yourself.

  • Montreal High Lights Festival (La Fete de la Lumiere) from February 17-27
    With more than half a million people attending last year, the Montreal High Lights Festival may well be the most popular in Canada. Combining food, art, culture and light, there are a total of five major events that make up this impressive winter festival including the Performing Arts offerings of the festival; The SAQ Wine and Dine Experience; the Bank of Montreal's Celebration of Light and the eye-popping Nuit Blanche, which is held on February 26 and is, arguably, the most anticipated event of the festival. The final event of the festival is, fittingly enough, the High Lights Multimedia Spectacular. You can read more about each of these events at or search and compare cheap flights to Montreal to be one among the thousands who participate in this winter festival.

  • Festival du Voyageur from February 18-27
    For ten days every February, Winnipeg's Festival du Voyageur celebrates the history, culture and discoveries of the voyageurs (travellers) of late 17th/early 18th century eastern Canada (then called New France). The festival, which is held in Winnipeg's French quarter (Saint Boniface), celebrates the breath-taking beauty of winter and the joie de vivre of the fur traders who established and expanded the French Canadian presence in western Canada. With a variety of events to entertain, educate and celebrate, there's something for everyone. Search and compare cheap flights to Winnipeg.

Additional details about each of the above Top Canadian Winter Festivals can be read at

You can also check out what's cool this winter in other parts of the world with's global list of Top Winter Events at which includes some cool, and hot, events around the world.

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