News report | | 23/11/2020 | ±3 minutes reading time

For many, the winter holidays are even more enjoyable when there is a beautiful white snow blanket covering the streets and houses. In the UK and Ireland, however, there is never a guarantee that there will be snow on Christmas. In most parts of Canada, especially in the Canadian Rockies, snow is guaranteed. If you want to travel to Canada to get that magical Christmas feeling with plenty of snow, you should apply for an eTA Canada before departure.

A white blanket over beautiful cities

Quebec is in itself a characteristic city because of the European influences that can be seen there - especially in the historical centre -, but when the city is under a thick snow blanket, you find yourself in a proper winter fairy tale. In many Canadian cities, various activities are organised during the holidays, and Whistler is no exception. During the winter months this city, with its twinkling lights and various activities, is the perfect location for those that want to spend a merry Christmas with their family. Montreal, which has just the right amount of snow and cosy lighting, likewise gives you that real Christmas feeling. If you love Christmas markets, Toronto is the ideal destination; the Toronto Christmas Market attracts more than 700,000 visitors each year.

Winter wonderland in the national parks

Canada has several national parks, including Jasper, Banff and Kluane. The national parks are popular tourist attractions throughout the year due to their unspoilt nature and beautiful landscapes. The parks are also very popular in the winter, because the snow makes the parks even more stunning. Jasper National Park is located in the middle of the Canadian Rockies, making it a perfect place for winter sports enthusiasts. The road that runs between Banff and Jasper, the Icefields Parkway, is famous for the beautiful landscapes it traverses: the Canadian Rockies. This applies to the summer, but also to the winter. The road runs along glaciers, mountains and lakes, and everywhere you look it is white; a breathtaking view. Besides the famous Banff, Jasper and Kluane parks, Canada has many other national parks that are worth visiting. Kooteney National Park with its ice-cold rivers and steaming hot springs, for example, is also a paradise for winter lovers.

Winter in Canada

Those who would like to experience a perfect white Christmas should strongly consider travelling to Canada. Keep in mind, however, that it can get extremely cold in Canada, much colder than you might be used to in the UK or Ireland. Temperatures regularly reach -30°C, but the lowest temperature ever recorded in the country was well below -50°C. Travellers leaving for Canada during the winter months should therefore make sure they pack plenty of warm clothing.

Want to experience winter in Canada? Donʼt forget the eTA Canada!

If you want to travel to Canada during the winter months you should not only bring cold weather clothing, but also the necessary travel documents. A visa or eTA Canada is required for a flight to Canada. The eTA Canada is easier, faster and cheaper to apply for than the Canada visa. This digital travel authorisation can easily be applied for online if all requirements are met. The period of validity of the eTA is five years and the travel authorisation can be used for multiple trips to Canada. Each stay in Canada can last up to six months. The eTA can therefore be used to travel to Canada in both summer and winter, even within the same year.

Take note: this news article about the eTA for Canada is more than one year old. It might contain outdated information and advice, and no rights can therefore be derived from this article. Are you going on a trip soon and do you wish to do know what rules currently apply? Read all about the up-to-date information about the eTA for Canada.