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5 affordable destinations for Canadians this winter

If you’re planning a getaway, consider staying local to take advantage of our Canadian currency and everything our winters have to offer. After all, there’s no such thing as bad weather – only being ill prepared. Here are some spots to check out:

Niagara-on-the-Lake. Extra popular with American and overseas tourists during the summer, you can enjoy some major deals if you visit during the winter. Sign up for uncrowded winery tours, explore gorgeous snow-covered vineyards and take a short drive south to see the partially frozen falls. If you can swing it, the region’s Icewine Festival is a must for trying this special treat Canada has become famous for.

Quebec City. This city truly comes alive during the winter, as Carnaval offers up plenty to get excited about with activities and events kids young and old will love. If you can’t make it during that time, explore museums, food and culture in this historical town.

Whistler. Hit the slopes with skis or a snowboard at this iconic winter paradise just a couple hours north of Vancouver. While the popular destination can get expensive this time of year, Marriott Bonvoy members can receive deep discounts on advanced purchased rates. Try the Westin Whistler tucked away at the bottom of the hill, complete with a luxury spa perfect for recharging après-ski.

Prince Edward Island. This Maritime province isn’t just for summertime visits – PEI transforms into a winter wonderland great for snowmobiling and most winter sports. There’s lots to see and do at this time of year, including a chance to see the Northern Lights on this side of the Atlantic.

Windsor. This city is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Point Pelee National Park is a highlight, which has been designated a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and hosts stargazing programs. Animal lovers will want to check out the Owl Prowl, where you can see migrating owls in beautiful winter landscapes.

Find more information at marriott.com.

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