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The Beautiful Slopes in Canada

Canadians love sport, and they love the great outdoors. It follows they love boarding and skiing. An estimated 2.5 million Canadians (out of a total population of 36 million) take part in the sport.

They have almost unprecedented opportunities to do so. Canada is, in winter at least, a cold country with plenty of mountains.

There are ski resorts in all ten of Canada’s ten provinces – including Marble Mountain in Newfoundland, Mystery Mountain in Manitoba, and Duck Mountain in Saskatchewan (there is also Moose Mountain in the northern territory of Yukon).

Best known to Brits are the resorts of Alberta and British Columbia – Lake Louise Mountain Resort in the Banff National Park, Alberta, the Marmot Basin in Jasper, Alberta, and Whistler in British Columbia.

Getting to these places from the UK will involve a 10 hour or longer, not inexpensive, flight plus transfer time.

In addition to holding a valid passport, British citizens travelling to Canada now require Electronic Travel Authorisation before setting off. For other travellers Visas may be required

None of this has not put people off.

The Canadian resorts offer reliable snow, deep powder, jaw dropping scenery, and tree-lined runs. The season extends into May, well after most European ski resorts have closed for the year. Language is not a problem while Canadians are, to a man, woman and child, polite and accommodating.

Fact File

Resorts There are well over 200 ski resorts in Canada spread over all 10 provinces. Most popular destinations for UK skiers are in Alberta and British Columbia, both in the west of the country.
Jasper
Whistler
Currency Canadian Dollar
Language English and French
Time zone There are six time zones in Canada. Vancouver falls into the Pacific zone which is UTC -8 hours
International dialling code +61
Useful websites http://visit-canada.com/
www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/canada/entry-requirements
www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/