This winter, we want you to skip heading south and instead embrace our beautiful, snow covered spaces. Ontario is truly breath-taking in the winter months, so get out there and explore it!
For Serious Skaters
In case you haven’t heard, the Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail is magic. It’s generated a huge amount of fanfare in recent years — thousands of outdoor adventure lovers flock north to try the trail. The 1.3 km stretch winds through the thick Muskoka forest, lit by torches when night falls. Bring your own cocoa.
Dancing With Dogs
Have you ever been dog sledding? Well, you should. Winterdance, an Ontario dog sledding tour company out of the Haliburton Highlands, offers up great, family friend jaunts thanks to their team of 150 beautiful huskies.
Snow + Sauna = Serenity
There’s nothing like roll in the snow following a hot, hot sauna. At Northern Edge Algonquin, you can sauna, yoga and enjoy wood fired pizzas while you’re at it. This stunning lakeside resort offers up all sorts of group adventures for the more mobile too!
Sleep Under The Snow And Stars
Positioned on a beautifully rugged peninsula one hour east of Thunder Bay is Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. For day trippers, take the Kabeyun Trail and make your way towards the magnificent cliffs soaring out of Lake Superior. With over 100kms of trail systems, groomed cross-country ski trails, and 40+ backcountry campsites scattered throughout the park, the park is a perfect place to fall in love with old man winter. Camping not your thing? Plan ahead and book your winter basecamp in one of 6 fully equipped cabins!
Ice Climb The Escarpment
In the winter months, huge sheets of ice form along the escarpment in the Beaver Valley. Experienced climbers can make their own way up the ice, but for those with feet firmly on the ground — Free Spirit Tours offers shoe snowing and winter caving excursions in the region too. Need a little liquid courage? Pair them with a wine tasting courtesy of The Apple Pie Trail. The views are stunning and the hot locally pressed cider is most welcome too.
Take A Walk On The Wildside
Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve is a privately owned, 28,000-hectare swath of wilderness in the Haliburton Highlands offering many winter adventures. What we’re most excited about though is its Wolf Centre. There’s a 6-hectare enclosure, home to two alpha wolves, their off-spring and their siblings! Stay at their Haliburton Forest’s Base Camp — lofted log cabins with fireplaces and cooking facilities — and just maybe you’ll get to see them.
Skijoring For You And Your Dog
Skijoring. It’s a thing. King City’s Dog Paddling Adventures teaches the basics, meaning how to be pulled by your dog on skis. They’ll teach your dog how to pull you on skis through the snow, plus feed you and your furry friend breakfast, lunch and snacks!
Hot Date At The Hot Pools
For those looking for a less active way to enjoy the snowy scenery Ontario provides, there’s Scandinave Spa in The Blue Mountains. Just 2.5 hours from Toronto, they offer numerous hot door hot pools, saunas and icy dunk ponds too. Refresh, replenish, relax, REPEAT.