8 Cross-Canada Winter Chalets And Cottages For An Overnight Road Trip
If you want to turn your day trip into a weekend getaway you will want to check out this list of winter chalets, cottages and lodges in Canada.
If you have been reading my previous columns you already know there are plenty of great winter road trip adventures for families in Canada. I have written about the best places to snowshoe, skate, ski, and enjoy family winter festivals. If you want to turn your day trip into a weekend getaway you will want to check out this list of winter chalets, cottages and lodges in Canada. Canada has diverse natural regions to explore and winter adventures can be found all over the country. This list of cottages is great for families with kids of all ages and each one offers something unique in terms of amenities and nearby activities and attractions. As always, dress warm, pack everything you may need for your road trip (including food) and ensure your car is up to date with everything required for winter driving. Please check individual websites for specific details and driving directions. Bon Voyage!
Where: Seven Bridge, Ontario
Bayview Wildwood Resort is a great destination for a family winter getaway and offers a variety of accommodations such as suites, resort rooms, and cottages with a fireplace and private deck. There are different packages to choose from depending on how long you want to stay and various dining options. If your kids like winter activities like sledding, skating, skiing or snowmobiling this is a great destination to check out. There is even live entertainment to keep everyone happy. When driving from Toronto it’s about 90 minutes North, just past Orillia off of Highway 11 in the Muskoka area.
Where: Lake Louise, Alberta
If your family enjoys authentic mountain lodging add Baker Creek to your list of places to stay. You can choose from chalets or lodge suites, some with stone wood burning fireplaces and a double whirlpool Jacuzzi – so you can warm up after exploring the great outdoors, skiing or snowshoeing. Baker Creek is located in Banff National Park a few minutes from Lake Louise in the famous Canadian Rockies. The snow-capped high peaks and stunning view of the lakes and rivers are the perfect backdrop to a family winter wonderland. Some packages include breakfast or you can make your own in the rustic kitchen. There is a casual bistro on site at this family owned and operated resort.
Where: Rawdon, Quebec
If your kids like winter sports they will love the tubes, skating rink, skiing, snowshoeing and even an authentic game of broomball that Chalets Lanaudiere offers. They are located an hour North from Montreal in Rawdon near the Ouareau River in southwestern Quebec. The cottages are really big and ideal for families, some even have bunk beds! They have full kitchens with supplies, just bring your own food or you can use their catering service. After a day outside exploring the winter trails and mountains you can cozy up to a roaring fire in the fireplace or wood stove while looking outside at a picturesque view of the frozen lake.
Where: Lethbridge, Newfoundland and Labrador
There are multiple eco-adventures to choose from nearby including skiing and snowboarding at White Hills, a 25-minute drive from Aspen By The Sea. There are national parks in the area for the whole family to explore and even whale watching along the Bonavista Peninsula. There are eight cottages to choose from on site and they all come with a full kitchen, television and WIFI – but you probably won’t feel the need to check your email while exploring the great outdoors. Lethbridge, known for being a forestry and farming community, is located along Route 233-234 from Bloomfield.
Where: La Riviere, Manitoba
Holiday Mountain has ski and stay packages and ten chalets to choose from at the base of the mountain where you will be skiing. This unique resort is also home to Manitoba’s first winter zip line that can reach up to speeds of 88 km/hr. The spectacular view of the Pembina Valley will zoom by at record speed, or if you prefer a slower zip line experience there are parachute brakes that keep your speed at approximately 15 km/hr. La Riviere is a 90 mile road trip from Winnipeg along Highway three.
Where: Cypress Mountain, British Columbia
If you are looking for spectacular views in British Columbia, Boyne Resorts at Cypress Mountain is the place to be. They have winter sport and leisure activities and a great selection of amenities. Skiing in Vancouver is a wonderful experience and you can purchase a seasons pass if you plan on going back throughout the winter. There is also snowboarding, snowshoeing and tubing. Cypress Mountain is a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver with incredible views of the Gulf and Vancouver Islands – bring your camera!
Where: Muskoka, Ontario
This rustic family owned resort is an ideal winter getaway close to Algonquin Park in Muskoka, just a short drive from Huntsville. They rent out 19 cottages along a strip of shoreline near the lake. Their wood burning stone fireplaces will keep all the kiddies warm and happy, and the three daily prepared meals will keep parents well rested and everyone full. (Lodge rental includes three meals per day and housekeeping service). Winter activities in Muskoka include skiing, snowshoeing, and skating on their lake rink! Cedar Grove is eco-friendly and attempts to reduce their carbon footprint on our earth by using environmentally friendly products including organic food when possible. They even use “Clean Air Passes” for their land vehicles.
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Where: Val-David, Quebec
If you want to relax in a rustic chalet with your family this is the place to do it! The Swiss Village Chalets in Val-David are unique in many ways and offer a year round hot tub for guests. The property takes up two acres and is bordered by a stunning lake and old trees.
There are nine chalets to choose from including two duplexes that are ideal for large families. Just outside your door there are snowshoeing trails, cross country ski paths and the forest of Parc Dufresne. They are located in the heart of the Laurentains, 80 km north of Montreal between the villages of Saint-Sauveur and Mont-Tremblant.
Regardless where you live in Canada and which winter road trip adventure you decide to take with your family, have fun and drive safely!