Don’t let the cold weather stop you from getting up to outdoorsy things this winter!
It’s time to bundle up and enjoy the beauty that our Canadian landscape has to offer. From hiking to skating, zip-lining, and more, you won’t regret going on one of these incredible winter adventures. Who needs sun and sand when you have activities like these?!
Take a look at the most amazing outdoor activities to do this winter in Ontario, and step up to the plate.
If you love skating, the Arrowhead Ice Trail will give you thrills that only a 1.3 km trail, framed with tiki torches and forest can give. Located in Huntsville, Ontario, the skating path is perhaps the most exciting one you can visit this winter. Check out hours of operation and dates on Discover Muskoka for a perfect skate under the stars.
While most people would assume a waterfall tour to be a summer thing, seeing these frozen beauties in the heart of winter can be even more spectacular. Head over to Grey County, and visit 7 out of 9 of the waterfalls present throughout the hike that showcases a portion of the Niagara Escarpment.
Romantic sleigh rides are only approximately 2.5 hours away from the GTA! If a ride on a horse drawn sleigh through the snowy terrain seems like your cup of tea, make sure to visit Dual Acres farm, just outside of Collingwood. The tour will take you through one of Georgian Bluff’s beautiful woodlots while it’s covered in a festive layer of snow.
Contrary to popular belief, vineyard tours aren’t only something to enjoy during the summer. Georgian Hills Vineyard located near Blue Mountain offers a truly Canadian experience with their Winter Wines & Vines snowshoe tour. Once the leisurely walk is over, relax inside the Thornbury Village Cider House to do some flights and tastings.
Southern Ontario’s biggest suspension bridge is open for winter visits too! 25 meters above the valley, look out over the snowy landscape while you complete the 45-minute hike to the bridge, saving the best for last: the view from the top. Apparently, on a clear day you can see for 10,000 square kilometres.
Is there anything more Canadian than dog sledding? Try your best to make it out to North Ridge Ranch in Huntsville for a truly thrilling experience this winter — you won’t regret it. Not only are these pups adorbs, but they’re also fast and ready to pull you along a scenic wilderness tour. Warm up with a hot chocolate at the midway point and give your team of dogs some love. You can find tour prices on their website.
The Elora Gorge isn’t only a summer destination, it’s also home to one of the most awesome winter adventures in Ontario: zip-lining over the snowy gorge! Adventure Seeker Tours starts off with a trek to an 80-foot-tall cliff where the zip-lining station is set up. Once you’re there, strap in and go flying 200-feet across the gorge. We promise a true adrenaline rush with this one!
If your idea of outdoor activities is relaxing in a pool or hot tub, then you need to visit the Scandinave Spa this winter. Located in Collingwood at Blue Mountain, the hot and cold pools, and steam room are idyllic framed by a snowy backdrop. Relax and unwind in the heart of nature — nothing gets more zen than this. And if you can’t book in time their, try one of our other favourite spa getaways.
A list of amazing outdoor adventures wouldn’t be complete without tobogganing. If you’re looking to stay local, check out the best tobogganing spots in Toronto, otherwise, up the ante and go tubing at Chicopee Tube Park. Their runway is designed for speed, and is as icy as can be — you’ll be trying to fit in as many runs as you can.
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