February is definitely the shortest and coldest month in Canada. To make the most of it, lace up your boots and go play outside! Yes, we know – sometimes it’s hard to muster the motivation to get all bundled up and head out the door, but it’s a great way to feel like a kid again, forget all about the futilities of everyday life, and breathe in the pure, cold air… By the end of the day, you’ll head happily back indoors, all rosy-cheeked, to light a fire and sip a big mug of tea.
So here’s our list of cottages and chalets just waiting to be discovered! We chose them for various reasons – sure, great décor counts for something, but the main thing is what activities are available on-site. What’s your pleasure? Snowshoeing, skiing, cocooning, or just curling up by the fire with a good book… we’ll start you off on the right foot! There’s a lot to love about February – just get away and let your hair down!
Classic log chalet
Whistler tops the list of serious skiers’ favourite destinations. Admit it – you’ve been wanting to go to Whistler for years. Well, this is your year! And even if you don’t ski, you’ll find tons to do in this terrific village. Wind down in the hot tub in the midst of nature after enjoying the best day of your life on the groomed slopes or at the Coca-Cola Tube Park with family and friends. This chalet really has it all!
Executive Four Bears Lodge, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
Looking for a cozy spot where you can totally get away from it all? Discover this majestic log cabin that sleeps up to 14 people. There’s an impressive view of Lake Lacoste and the beautiful Laurentian mountains. Located near Mont-Tremblant, the lodge is the ideal place to start and end your day with a relaxing spa session. Take along a group of friends and enjoy!
Live like a nomad this winter
The Yurt – Portneuf, Quebec
Looking for something completely different? Try camping in a yurt. What’s a yurt?, you ask, scratching your head. It’s pretty simple, really – a yurt is a type of tent traditionally used by nomadic tribes in Central Asia. It provides the perfect setting for getting far from the madding crowd and getting back to a more minimalist way of life. What do you think: does a few days cocooning in a yurt with a friend or two, surrounded by nature, sound like the stuff of dreams? For a full Zen experience, gather round the wood stove and chill out while you’re warming up.
A mountain top chalet!
Blue Mountains of Ontario
Imagine a chalet with a spectacular view, perched atop one of the highest points on Blue Mountain. Welcome to Mountain Top chalet. Feel free to bring along 16 of your best buddies for an unbelievable weekend. There’s a full range of winter sports, including snowshoe trails that start right at the door. Lots to do in every season, all year round!
Slopeside town homes
Mountain Star complex at Whistler
A second suggestion in Whistler, the perfect setting for winter fun. Flights are pretty affordable right now, so it’s easier than ever to head west with friends for four or five days. Now where were we? Oh, yes… A warm, bubbly spa… a roaring fire… the splendours of nature with all the luxurious touches you love, and a phenomenal view of snow-covered mountains! All this and more awaits you in the Mountain Star complex, where you’ll find everything you could possibly want to make your stay one for the memory books. It’s the best of both worlds, really – a condo-style chalet get-away with great restaurants nearby and ski-in ski-out access to Blackcomb Mountain’s Wizard Chair. Skied out? Time to head back to your town home for a relaxing evening.
Reconnecting with nature, cavorting in the snow, spending time with people you love and disconnecting from everyday life… all this and more awaits you at the chalet. Time to make a reservation!
** All the chalets mentioned here have been checked out in person by a member of the Patience team.