Step into a magical snow globe. These nine things to do in Ontario are sure to make you fall in love with winter.
But before you depart, make sure to prepare accordingly by checking trail conditions and making sure you have all the necessary gear.
Without question, you'll want to add all the locations below to your outdoor adventure bucket list. From frozen waterfalls and ice caves to outdoor skating trails, visiting these outdoors wonders will be anything but boring.
Bruce Peninsula National Park
Price: $7.90 per person
Address: 120 Chi sin tib dek Rd, Tobermory, ON
Why You Need To Go: Best known for its bright turquoise water that looks straight from the Caribbean, in the winter, you can discover a surreal snowy landscape that seems out of this world. There are plenty of trails open year-round but keep an eye out for wildlife!
Price: $11 per day for parking
Address: 900 Wilson St. E., Ancaster, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can go for a hike to see the gigantic frozen waterfall that seems straight out of Disney's Frozen. To get the most out of this winter retreat, be sure to visit during an off time as it can get quite busy on weekends and holidays.
Arrowhead Provincial Park
Price: Daily vehicle permit: $18 weekdays, $21 weekends + $15 per adult for cross-country skiing
Address: 451 Arrowhead Park Rd., Huntsville, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can glide along a trail of ice through a serene snow-covered forest for a relaxing weekend adventure. There's also cross-country skiing and cozy winter cabins for rent if you just can't get enough of the snowy landscape.
The Blue Mountains
Price: $17.50+ per person
Address: 260 Scenic Caves Rd., The Blue Mountains, ON
Why You Need To Go: For a one-of-a-kind experience, you can snowshoe across a suspension bridge and enjoy an incredible lookout. Be sure to pack your snowshoes — you'll need them to cross the 420-foot-long bridge. It's especially stunning on a clear day when you can see out 10,000 square kilometres!
Rideau Canal Skateway
Address: Rideau Canal, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: It is a world-famous gigantic skating rink, and it's absolutely free to enjoy. At 7.8 kilometres, it's the world's largest skating rink! The skating season varies based on the weather but you can usually go from early January to early March.
Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve
Address: Southwood Road, Gravenhurst, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can escape the light pollution in the city and maybe even get a glimpse of the northern lights dancing across the sky. If you're there during the day, there are also three great hiking trails to explore.
Address: Lower Valley Road, Grey Highlands, ON
Why You Need To Go: Hidden in Grey County, you can discover this frozen waterfall that is safe to reach in the winter. It can get slick though, so be sure to watch your step. There's also plenty of other waterfalls nearby if one just isn't enough.
Address: Lake Superior, ON
Why You Need To Go: There are multiple areas around the lake where you can see ice caves, including Pointe Des Chenes Park and Coppermine Point. The rugged Arctic beauty is sure to stick with you for years to come — it's almost like travelling to another planet.
Address: Niagara Falls, ON
Why You Need To Go: The sparkling ice crystals surrounding this waterfall in the winter make it extra breathtaking. Plus the famous landmark is a bit quieter during the winter months so you can take in the stunning scenery without the massive crowd.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.