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From igloo dinners to winter zip lines, 12 ways to embrace winter across Canada




Some people enjoy the temperatures a Canadian winter has to offer.

From frigid winds to fluffy snow, winter doesn’t have to be about indoor hibernation. In fact, a recent survey from InterContinental Hotels Group found that “winter travel” is becoming trendier among some Canadians.

One-third of millennials preferred to travel within Canada during the winter months, and more than 60 per cent consider Canada a go-to destination for winter travel.

READ MORE: 11 of the most popular places to visit in 2019

It makes sense — winter can be absolutely beautiful in Canada. From outdoor skating rinks to light festivals to igloo dinners in the city, there are hundreds of things you can do to embrace the cold — even if you’re not a fan.

Below, Global News newsrooms across the country selected some of their favourite winter activities from coast to coast.

What’s your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.

Outdoor igloo dining in Toronto

Credit: InterContinental Yorkville

Until April 1, Toronto residents can enjoy eating in outdoor igloos at the InterContinental Yorkville. Each fixed menu ($50 per person) comes with a cup of mulled wine or warm, spiced cider, a bread bowl and a house-made dessert. You can also order winter cocktails, warm drinks and ice wine.

Winter zip lining in Montreal

Credit: MTL Zipline

If you’re willing to face Montreal’s frigid temperatures, Tyrolienne MTL Zipline at Old Port is right up your alley. The 1,200-foot-long zip line welcomes participants of all ages (92 was the oldest participant) and is open on weekends until May 1.

Sip ice wine in Niagara

Credit: Tourism Partnership of Niagara

For three weekends in January (starting Jan. 11), Ontario’s Niagara region will turn into a winter wonderland, featuring its very own ice wine festival. Check out 40 wineries and the Niagara Icewine Gala, and be sure to explore the best food pairings the region has to offer.

Hit the slopes in Kitchener, Ont.

Credit: Facebook/Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort

READ MORE: 6 Canadian cities that must be seen in the winter

Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort offers winter camps, private lessons and beginner lessons for snowboarding and skiing. The resort also has a racing program for athletes looking to improve their slope skills.

Stargazing in Calgary

Credit: Getty Images

Stargazing doesn’t sound like a traditional winter activity, but Sharon Morsink, director of the University of Alberta Astronomical Observatory, said it’s a great season to check out constellations — if you can handle the cold, that is. Morsink said this time of the year also has bright stars, and she even offers tips on what you can see in Calgary.

Check out a maple farm in Halifax

Credit: M. Stack

Sugar Moon Farm is the go-to spot for everything maple, from eating pancakes and sugar on snow to learning about how maple syrup is made. The farm’s “Maple Magic” package comes with a classic maple brunch, maple shopping and tasting.

READ MORE: What to do in Saskatoon in the winter

Visit ice castles in Edmonton

Ice castles in Edmonton. Credit: Kelly Frazer

There is an ice castle located in Edmonton’s river valley. The annual ice castles in Hawrelak Park feature tunnels, fountains, frozen thrones, slides and towers of ice. If you’re taking kids, check out the fire performances and say hello to the Snow Sisters on site.

Ice castles in Edmonton. Credit: Kelly Frazer

It also makes the perfect backdrop for all those Instagram selfies.

Make mittens in Saskatoon

WATCH: Activities taking place at Wanuskewin Heritage Park this winter

On Jan. 16 and 26 as well as Feb. 16, and 23, learn how to make hide mittens with fur and beading at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. At $120 per workshop, each session (for ages 16+) comes with materials and an instructor.

Get lost in the lights in Vancouver

Credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

There are light festivals happening across Canada, but there is something extra stunning happening in Vancouver. The Canyon Lights Winter Festival features thousands of lights throughout the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, even on its famous suspension bridge. The festival runs till Jan. 27.

Witness snow sculptures in Winnipeg

Credit: Festival du Voyager

Festival du Voyageur is celebrating its 50th year in 2019, which means people living in and near Winnipeg’s French-speaking community can expect everything from live concerts to French-Canadian food to eye-opening sculptures made from snow. The festival runs from Feb. 15 to 24.

Sleep under the stars in P.E.I

Credit: Instagram/Treetop Haven

Talk about a winter escape. Treetop Haven lets you sleep under the stars and is ideal for a romantic winter getaway or a solo trip to embrace nature. Each pod comes with its own personal hot tub.

Skating along the canal in Ottawa

Credit: Ottawa Tourism

You can find skating rinks in the majority of cities in Canada, but most don’t compare to the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa. Stretching at a full 7.8 kilometres (7.2 kilometres of which are safe for skaters as of Jan. 11), the canal runs from Hartwells Locks up to the Laurier Bridge downtown.

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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal





What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children





A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

WATCH: Dog found dead in Angrignon Park

The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday





Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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