Lauryn Lee / Staff reporter

Winter break is fast approaching and for some people, this means packing up and getting ready to travel for the holidays. Whether it be leaving the country to escape the cold or securing one’s snow gear to face the frost, the fact of the matter is winter is here.

Newswire recently conducted a survey and found that 57% of Canadians considered summer to be their favourite season. Furthermore, a poll on 2,000 Canadians on February 19, 2019, by Trip Central Canada found that “Canadians hate winter, like snow days, and long for sun vacations.”

“I want to rest in [Hawaii] and rent a house there [for the winter],” said Shelly Zhou, grade 12.

“I want to go to Hawaii because it’s warm and you can go snorkelling and swimming. You can also go see volcanoes and that’s kind of cool. I would also go to Cancun or California as well [or any place] that [doesn’t] snow because I don’t like the cold,” said Michelle Yang, grade 12.

Although some want to travel to warmer areas to avoid the frigid conditions, others want to escape being susceptible to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or winter depression.

Between 2-8% of people in higher latitude countries such as Canada, the Guardian finds that symptoms for SAD are “so severe that… people are unable to work or function normally.”

Kelly Rohan, a professor of psychology at the University of Vermont who researches SAD confirms, “people with seasonal affective disorder uniformly say that they feel so much better when they travel to a warm, sunny location, and it’s almost immediate within a few days of getting there. They feel great, they feel like they do in the summer.”

However, for others, cold winters have become the norm.

“If I were to travel, I would probably go to the Rocky Mountains, Victoria, and Whistler because they’re close so it’s not that expensive, said Hannah Lee, grade 11. “When I’m travelling, I’m going to be with my family and possibly my grandparents so if it’s too far away, it’s going to be painful for them to [travel] a long distance.”

For Lee and Canadians alike, here are the top winter travel destinations nationally and provincially.

Insurance Hotline ranked the top ten Canadian winter destinations with Cold Lake, Alberta/Saskatchewan placing tenth. Between the border of the two provinces, this lake is the perfect place for the winter sport of ice fishing.

Ranking ninth to second were Halifax, Nova Scotia for its maple syrup farm; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island for tobogganing and snowshoeing; Banff National Park, Alberta for intense ski slopes; Ottawa, Ontario for ice skating lovers; Vancouver, British Columbia for world-class shopping and entertainment; Niagara Falls, Ontario for annual festivals and stunning views of the falls; Churchill, Manitoba to visit polar bears and Northern Lights; and Quebec City, Quebec for the famous Quebec Winter Carnival.

Ranking first was Whistler, British Columbia––Canada’s most famous ski destination offering “challenging slopes, plenty of great accommodations, and a prime spot in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.”

Yet, if people do not want to fly to other provinces, provincially, there are many places to visit as well.

“When I think of winter, I normally think of Christmas and skiing at places like Whistler, Mount Seymore, and Cyprus. That’s where a lot of people go for the holidays,” said Lee. “I personally go to local places such as the Capilano Suspension Bridge where you can get there by driving.”

There are many places Canadians can visit this winter break.