10 Winter Wonderland Getaways in Ontario
Our warm summer days have suddenly vanished and we’re mentally and physically preparing for our long haul through winter. This doesn’t mean we can’t embrace this time of year and get out of the city for some snowy adventures. We’ve found the perfect places for you to unwind and try new experiences. Whether you’re looking for full tranquility or a busy getaway, these all offer a variety of options. They are ordered from the closest destination driving from Toronto, to the furthest. Book these quickly before everyone finds out about our favourite spots!
Embrace winter at this luxury boutique hotel which is only a short drive from Toronto. The resort is just minutes from the chairlift, so grab your skis or board and hit the slopes. Take advantage of the alpine air and go skating or snowshoeing. Apres-ski can be spent at their sister property, Adamo Estate Winery where wine touring artists and tasting enthusiasts congregate. Visit their fruit and vegetable farm, where the majority of their restaurant menu ingredients come from. There is also a fitness centre, dry sauna, hot-tub and indoor pool. If you’re looking for a more leisurely stay, choose between an extensive list of beauty and massage services at the spa.
Location: Mono, Ontario
Hours from Toronto: 45 minutes
Prices: Rooms start at $252 + tax and service
Escape to this beautifully restored knitting mill from 1881, featuring rustic Canadian-European antiques. Dine at the iconic Headwaters Restaurant, overlooking a picturesque millpond with fine wine and an award-winning cuisine. The spa features an infrared sauna, indoor whirlpool, outdoor hot springs, herbal steam rooms and fully licensed café. If it’s not too cold, grab a blanket and sit by the bonfire and enjoy an authentic Ontario winter. Small dogs are welcome to stay for an additional cost of $35 CAD in the pet-friendly rooms.
Location: Caledon, Ontario
Hours from Toronto: 1 hour
Prices: Rooms start at 220+ tax and service
Remove yourself from all the stress of the city and spend a romantic weekend away at this stunning hotel! Find yourself in a winter wonderland during a hike on one of the four walking trails and you may even glimpse some deer! Foodies will love the gourmet choices of wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and creative food selections. Indulge in true organic produce from Langdon’s very own flower and vegetable garden. Whatever you decide to do during your stay will be true luxury. Guests can work on their fitness in the indoor exercise room or lounge out in the sauna, spa and whirlpool. Bring your pup and stay in a ‘dog friendly’ room for only $30 extra.
Location: Cambridge, Ontario
Hours from Toronto: 1 hr 10 min
Prices: $295 + tax and service
Bask in nature at this calm, exquisite European style Inn nestled on a stunning Muskoka peninsula. Surrounded by forest, and situated right on the lake with panoramic views. It’s only a few minute drive from Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre for hiking and wildlife viewing, Mount St Louis for snowboarding and skiing, and Windrift Adventures for a dog sledding escapade! Spend the afternoon relaxing in the Avalon spa, splash around in the indoor pool or soak in the hot tub. Take a moment to warm up by the fireside lounge with a cocktail and revive yourself from everyday life.
Location: Port Servern, Ontario
Hours from Toronto: 1 hour 40 min
Prices: $160 + tax and service
This small luxurious waterfront property is beautifully designed and picture-perfect. With an 180 degree view of Lake Ontario, it’s the ideal place to get cozy with a cup of Baileys Irish Cream and coffee to watch the snow fall. There are multiple packages to choose from to create a unique getaway. Enjoy luxury king sized beds, whirlpool bath and gas fireplaces in your room. There are also pet-friendly rooms for an additional cost. Make sure to dine at Zee’s Grill for a special culinary experience.
Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Hours from Toronto: 1 hr 45 min
Prices: Rooms Start at $204 + tax and service
In a comfortable old-world atmosphere with modern amenities, this 5-star resort is the perfect place to sit back and forget it all. Whether looking for wellness classes, yoga, meditation or even a painting lesson: they have it all. Time to get outside! Go horseback riding at Ste. Anne’s horse stables, go hike to view wildlife or liberate your mind while ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Take some well-deserved time for yourself and meditate in the eucalyptus infused steam room or take a walk through the Tranquility Garden. Should you need even more mind space, there is a special Quiet Room; ideal for reading a book, relaxing in the massage chairs or just taking a nap. Pets are not permitted at the Main Inn but if you stay in certain spa cottages, your dog is welcome to accompany you for an extra fee of $50 CAD.
Location: Grafton, Ontario
Hours from Toronto: 1 hr 45 min
Prices: Rooms start at $152 + tax and service
Stay at the Blue Mountain Resort and you’ll be minutes away from the award-winning Scandinave Spa. Bathe in the tranquil and calm baths surrounded by serene natural forests. Unwind in the Finnish Sauna, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Thermal & Nordic Waterfalls, Hot Baths, Cold Plunges and relaxation areas. Pick between a variety of massages for complete and total relaxation. In addition, there are wellness classes, fitness facilities and walking trails on the property. If you are looking to bring your pup, there is a one time $50 CAD pet fee which includes a comfy dog bed for any size, dog food & water dishes, treats and waste disposal bags.
Location: Blue Mountain, Ontario
Hours from Toronto: 1 hr 55 min
Prices: 175 + tax and service
Spend your weekend indoors getting cozy or embrace the outdoors outdoors doing activities like; snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snow tubing, skating, fat biking, downhill skiing and snowboarding. There is also an option to take a ride on an old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh or carriage ride and visit the petting zoo. After a long day, the Amba Spa is the perfect wellness escape for massages, body treatments, manicures and pedicures. There is also an indoor rock climbing wall, games room, dance classes and even more to choose from. Submerge yourself in the only Muskoka escape cabins to solve codes, clues, puzzles and discover hidden secrets. Choose between four different restaurant options vary in food and ambience. The resort also has pet friendly accommodations or you can leave them at the nearby pet resort, Happy Tails, for their own winter vacation.
Location: Muskoka, Ontario
Hours from Toronto: 2 hr 15 min
Prices: Rooms start at $120 + tax and service
Located on the shores of Galeairy Lake, surrounded by the natural environment of the Canadian shield, this romantic resort is a “must visit” experience. Guests can be as active as they wish, with walking trails nearby, cross-country skiing, ice skating, horseback riding, wildlife watching, ice fishing, snowshoeing and lots of activities available off-site. Check out the rec room filled with games for a bit of friendly competition or de-stress at the spa. Live the life luxury and pour some bubbly while you plunge into your private hot tub. Enjoy breakfast served in-bed and appreciate the magnificent 5-course gourmet meals, all included. This may be a bit heavy on the budget but it’s well worth every penny.
Location: Algonquin, Ontario
Hours from Toronto: 3 hours 30 min
Prices: Rooms starts at $652 + tax and service (minimum two night stay)
For those who want a rustic and one-of-a-kind stay, tucked away out of sight in a 23ft custom built Yurt. It’s an ideal place for photographers, hikers and nature lovers for an eco-friendly experience. Wake up and take your morning coffee to the river cabana to watch the sun come up over the lazy river. Feel free to cuddle up inside with a book and warm apple cider or play a board game by the fire pit. If you’re looking to get active, there are 10 km of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, downhill and cross-country skiing. Animal lovers can enjoy a tour at the horse sanctuary or check out the bisons. Pets are also more than welcome to stay with you!
Location: Mattawa, Ontario
Hours from Toronto: 4 hour 5 min
Prices: $110 per night
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