Travel + Leisure just declared Canada its 2017 Destination of the Year, and there's no better time than now to explore the Great White North.
Flights to destinations all across Canada — particularly those near the Canadian Rockies — are cheap this winter. The prime destinations for winter sports enthusiasts, including Edmonton, Vancouver, and Calgary, have round-trip flights for less than $300 from many major U.S. cities.
For example, flights from the New York City area to Calgary start at $297 round-trip, while flights from Miami start at $280. From Calgary, travelers can access British Columbia's mountains to hike or ski.
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And as a bonus, until the end of 2017, travelers can also enjoy free access to all of Canada’s national parks for the country’s 150th anniversary. That includes the nation’s oldest, Banff National Park, which is within easy driving distance from Calgary.
Flights to Edmonton from Los Angeles, meanwhile, start at $255 round-trip, while flights to Vancouver are available for $187.
Vancouver (which starts at $299 round-trip from New York City) is the gateway to Whistler, which offers great powder and crisp blue skies in January and February.
Travelers taking a trip to Canada’s West Coast this winter can also enjoy more low-key activities like snowshoeing, dogsled rides, scenic gondola rides, and nights spent stargazing by a roaring campfire.
To visit Canada, use Google Flights or KAYAK’s Explore tool to find the cheapest travel dates from your departure city.