Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! Fight the urge to hibernate and get out because there are still a ton of things to do during the colder months – they don’t call Canada the great white North for nothing! Check out 12 winter adventures to have with friends below:
Never tried winter tubing before? It’s basically like a super icy toboggan hill on steroids and it’s also super fun. Chicopee Tube Park in Kitchener is open all winter long for your tubing pleasure – they even have midnight tubing every Saturday in February. You’ll feel like a kid again, except these tubes go way faster than crazy carpets! See tubing rates here.
Get outside this winter and try snowshoeing! Not only is it fun, but you and your friends will also get a scenic workout without even realizing it (hello, glutes of steel). Toronto Adventures has a number of snowshoeing tours, their most popular being Intro to Snowshoeing, Moonlight City Snowshoeing, Copeland Forest Snowshoeing, and Bruce Trail Snowshoeing. Strap on some snowshoes and hop to it!
If you’ve ever wanted to try dog sledding, now’s your chance! Windrift in Barrie has dog sledding experiences all winter long. Meet the happy pooches and then get ready for a thrilling ride as teams of four or six pull you through the countryside. Warm drinks, snacks, and chili lunch are provided on the half day experience.
Plan a weekend getaway with your closest friends and stay at one of these cool Airbnb’s in Ontario. From cabins on the lake to tree houses to floating cottages, it’s guaranteed to be a weekend you will all remember! Do your own outdoor exploring and catch up on some much-needed bonding time.
If you’re feeling hella brave, then why not gather up the crew and take the plunge? There are a number of Polar Bear Dip clubs in Toronto that gather every winter for a not-so-casual dip into Lake Ontario. The swims usually take place for a charity so while you’ll be feeling super chilly on the outside, doing a good deed will make you warm on the inside. Plus you and your friends will have major bragging rights about how you jumped into a frigid lake in the dead of winter.
Yes, there are a ton of skating rinks in Toronto, but how about skating through the woods instead? MacGregor Point Provincial Park has a 400-metre ice skating trail that meanders throughout the trees with twinkling lights all around. The trail typically opens around January and is open until 10:00 pm so you and your pals can glide along underneath the stars – how magical is that?!
Curling may be boring to watch, but actually playing it is a whole other story! Sure, throwing stones and brushing with brooms looks kind of silly, but it’s an Olympic sport for a reason. You and your pals can look at it as a group building activity or split up into teams and make it into a competition. See a breakdown of curling clubs in Toronto here.
If you and your friends are more into adrenaline rushing experiences, then head out to Muskoka and take a guided snowmobile tour. For a wild experience, we suggest a Back Country Tour, or if moseying around the township is more your style, then try the Muskoka Stay n’ Play Tour.
Who’s ready to shred some fresh pow?! You may have been upset when you heard Toronto is supposed to get 20% more snow this year, but on the bright side, that means stellar skiing and snowboarding conditions. Hit up Blue Mountain in Collingwood with a group of friends for the day (there are shuttle buses from Toronto) or stay in the Blue Mountain village – tour their shops and restaurants or visit the Scandinave Spa for the weekend. For lift rates, head here.
Sharpen your skates and call up your friends for Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party. DJ Skate Nights will be happening every Saturday at the Harbourfront Centre at the Natrel Rink. It’s like a block party on ice, so skip the bar because you and your crew will have an absolute blast.
This one’s for the uber adventurous group of friends! Free Spirit Tours offers winter caving and a chance to explore the Niagara Escarpment’s uniquely formed caves. The adventure starts with snowshoeing and then once you get there, you’ll be climbing and sometimes even crawling over and through caves. Prepare to get dirty – this one’s not for the faint of heart!
The East Beaches of Toronto are being blessed with some pretty stellar public art displays this winter. What has been dubbed Winter Stations is the result of a design competition to transform lifeguard displays into interactive installations. Why not have a friend group photo op and then warm up with some hot cocoa? See winning designs by RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio. Your Instagram pages will be lookin’ fresh.
What winter adventures are you excited to try?
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