3. Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous
For people who really know winter, head north to Whitehorse, where residents have been celebrating winter since 1945, when Yukon Carnival Week was born. Nowadays the festival includes a selection of wacky entertainment in addition to the standard concerts and snow carving: you can enter contests for lip synching, hair freezing, cross-dressing and, of course, beard growing.
(Photos courtesy Government of Yukon)