Winter holidays are all about wrapping up warm and hitting the slopes – but hurtling down a snowy piste might not be everyone’s cup of Glühwein. For those who’d prefer a winter escape mixing snow-covered scenes with some big-city culture, a trip to eastern Canada ticks all the boxes. 

A particular highlight of the season is the Quebec Winter Carnival, a family-friendly event held in the heart of this Francophile city from 8-17 February, 2019. Combining outdoor concerts, fireworks, parades and impressive ice sculptures, it’s a one-of-a-kind celebration of the sparkling Canadian winter.

North America specialist Bon Voyage suggests combining the festival with a visit to mighty Niagara falls (which glistens with icicles in winter) and a city break in cosmopolitan and charming Montreal.

Departing in February to coincide with the festival, this three-centre winter wonderland trip costs from £1,595pp to include flights (from London, Manchester or Glasgow) to Toronto; three nights each in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec (four-star hotels, room-only); a day-trip to Niagara Falls; and inter-city transfers by train.

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