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November December 2019

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Build your next retreat around icy adventures that celebrate the great outdoors by Doug Wallace E M B R A C E Winter ICY ESSENCE: Festival du Voyageur takes over the neighbourhood of St. Boniface from February 14 to 23, 2020, to cele- brate the city's French fur-trading roots. COZY DIGS: Ideas for home base include the Inn at the Forks with fi ve multipurpose and tech-savvy rooms; the Alt Hotel with eight creative lounges and meeting spaces; and the iconic Fort Garry Hotel with its 54,000 sq. ft. of event space. FROSTY FUN: Learn about the fur-trade era with tours and museum visits, enjoy live music and dancing, taste traditional French-Canadian food and marvel at the ice and snow sculptures. Nearby, The Forks is home to the world's longest natural skating trail. CLINCHER: e Canadian Museum for Human Rights is truly pectacular. Lots of event pace here, too. MEETINGSWINNIPEG.COM ICY ESSENCE: With the slogan "Rethink the Meet," one of Canada's most stun- ning ski environments lets the fresh mountain air forge fresh thinking. COZY DIGS: Find more than 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space across Whistler, most within walking distance. There are more than 6,000 rooms, ranging from apartment hotels and lodges to independents such as Nita Lake Lodge and big brands, including the Fairmont and the Four Seasons. FROSTY FUN: Ski some of the world's best runs, snowmobile into the backcoun- try and enjoy relaxing apr├Ęs experiences, including indulgent outdoor spas. CLINCHER: Mountain culture = incredible food. MEETINGS.WHISTLER.COM Winnipeg L O O K G O O D I N P L A I D ICY ESSENCE: Connect with nature and your colleagues against the breathtaking backdrop of the Rockies, just 90 min- utes from Calgary. Little wonder winter adventurers have been coming here for more than a century. COZY DIGS: Almost 30 hotels and confer- ence centres yield a total of more than 315,000 sq. ft. of event space. Ten more off-site venues add an additional 75,000 sq. ft., offering anything from mountain- top lodges and big ballrooms to cowboy campsites. Accommodations range from rustic cabins to fi ve-star luxury. FROSTY FUN: Skiing and snowboarding, skating and sleighrides, tubing and tobogganing are augmented with dog- sledding, ice climbing and hut-to-hut trekking. CLINCHER: e estorative powers of world-famous Banff Hot Springs, discovered in 1883. BANFFLAKELOUISE.COM Banff & Lake Louise H E A D F O R T H E H I L L S Whistler WA X U P Y O U R S K I S 26 | Ignitemag.ca | November | December 2019

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