5 Ontario Destinations You Need to Visit This Winter

Ontario is known for its scenic landscape, rich culture…and cold winters! Although many people are inclined to bundle up and stay inside when temperatures plunge below zero, Ontario offers sensational experiences for those who want to embrace winter. From relaxing retreats amidst a winter wonderland to exhilarating rides down pristine ski slopes, Ontario is your winter playground! In this blog we highlight 5 amazing Ontario destinations that you won’t want to miss out on this winter.

Ste. Anne’s Spa

If you think all escape routes point south at this time of year, have another think…and plan a trip to Ste. Anne’s Spa instead. It’s the perfect place to embrace the wonders of winter, both indoors and out.

Ste. Anne’s invites guests to visit alone or to take advantage of an enticing Group Getaway package and share the experience with friends or family. The package includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, as well as a special dinner prepared by a private chef and served in a beautiful spa cottage. It is the ideal winter cocoon, with a fireplace, a spacious living and dining room and a hot tub. In addition, each guest receives a $120 spa allowance and a $25 gift voucher for the Ste. Anne’s boutique.Guests may select from dozens of spa services, including heat and hydrotherapy treatments, aesthetics, bodywork and couple’s massage.

Simcoe County

Located less than one hour north of Toronto, Simcoe County is home to more exhilarating downhill runs than anywhere else in Ontario. In Simcoe County you can also enjoy cross-country skiing at one of the many picturesque resorts, or for a faster pace try snow tubing or snowmobiling along the nearly endless groomed trails. For something completely different, give snow shoeing, dogsledding, sleigh rides, winter camping, skating or ice fishing a try.

Starting in the winter of 2017 there is a brand new reason to savour winter in Simcoe County. The new Discovery Harbour Skate Trail in Penetanguishene will offer families and friends the opportunity to skate along the shoreline of Georgian Bay through a unique cultural and historical site! Themed displays will feature a chronological history of this great nation, including contributions from the Métis, First Nations and French, complete with Ontario 150 branding. Experience over 2 km of skating like no other!

Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain is a true winter destination for those who embrace Canada’s signature season. With over 40 downhill trails spread across 364 skiable acres, Blue is a skier and snowboarder’s paradise and Ontario’s largest Mountain Resort. Varied terrain means that you can take turns on the slopes, challenge yourself in the glades or try out your snow legs in Blue’s beginner areas. It takes only a short time on-hill to develop a lifelong passion for downhill sports at Blue Mountain.

There’s plenty to discover off-hill as well. Stay close to home and explore Blue’s many on Resort attractions like Plunge Aquatic Centre, Hike N’ Tube, the Mill Pond Skating Rink, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster and more. For those with a little more time, an off-Resort adventure is the perfect complement to your stay 

where you can explore local Vineyards by snowshoe, tackle the trails on your own snowmobile, or explore the interior of the Niagara Escarpment with a winter caving tour. After a day full of adventure, luxurious accommodations await back at Blue Mountain with a variety of suites and rooms fitted for every budget. Many of Blue’s hotels are outfitted with heated outdoor pools and hot tubs so you can relax and enjoy yourself under a snowy sky.

Kawarthas Northumberland

Located just 90 minutes east of Toronto, Kawarthas Northumberland offers everything you need to create amazing winter memories. Make this the winter that you experience ice fishing. The region’s outfitters will provide a hut and all the gear required to catch bluegill, yellow perch, black crappie and northern pike.

Like to downhill ski but not the long lift lines? Devil’s Elbow in Bethany is the place to experience heaven on snow. If cross-country skiing is your passion, Kawartha Nordic’s 34 km of groomed classic trails and 13.5 km of skating trails will satisfy. Snowshoeing enthusiasts will love the 10 km snowshoe trail through the property’s majestic Canadian Shield terrain.

Kawarthas Northumberland has great snowmobiling too. A favourite for many snowmobilers is the scenic Victoria Trail. This 55 km rail trail recreation corridor links Kinmount to Bethany via Fenelon Falls and Lindsay.If you haven’t tried outdoor skating, make sure you include a visit to the world’s largest Lift Lock in Peterborough, where you can skate along the Trent-Severn Waterway, a National Historic Site.

Ottawa

Canada’s gorgeous capital city is an amazing winter destination! Ottawa is well known for its brilliant Winterlude Festival, running from February 3rd-20th in 2017. Winterlude takes place along the Rideau Canal Skateway and sites across Ottawa, attracting approximately 600 000 people each year. Visitors can witness impressive ice carvings, feast on delicious treats and enjoy live music and entertainment!

Ottawa’s winter fun doesn’t end with Winterlude. Canada’s capital boasts exciting indoor and outdoor attractions throughout all winter months! For those who are looking for some excitement, the RedBull Crashed Ice finale will be held in Ottawa in early March to celebrate Canada’s 150th year as a nation. Want shop or eat? Lace up your skates and get 

to Ottawa’s downtown core by traveling via the Rideau Canal Skateway! Attractions like the Canadian War Museum, National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of History offer tourists the chance to escape the cold and submerge themselves in Canada’s unique culture and history. Offering some of Canada’s best cuisine, world-class amenities and a perfect mix of old and new world charm, Ottawa is the perfect winter destination!