Canadian winters may be brutal, but they can still be a whole lot of fun. In Ontario, there are several places where one can do fun "Canadian" things and truly make the most of the chilly season.
Here are the 14 most Canadian things to do this winter in Ontario:
Grab a double-double from the original Timmies
Though it has undergone renovations to update it into a more modern space, the original Tim Hortons restaurant on 65 Ottawa St N in Hamilton still operates today.
Ice skating on the Rideau Canal
A Canadian winter wouldn't be the same without a skate along the Rideau Canal. Visitors can rent skates at the venue, as well as awesome carriages that people can ride in on the ice.
Ice fishing at Lake Nipissing
North Bay, ON
Ice fishing is a Canadian tradition. Head out to Lake Nipissing, grab an ice bungalow and try your luck at catching some fish!
Dogsledding in the Muskokan wilderness
In Hunstville, you can travel a beautiful scenic route on a sled pulled by professional sled dogs! See the beauty of Muskoka via this unique tour.
Snowmobiling through Bon Echo
Ontario has several fun snowmobile routes that you can explore. The Bon Echo loop, in particular, is a beautiful 232-km path that takes you through the thick of Bon Echo Provincial Park. Rent a snowmobile and go on an adventure!
Sugar shacking at Matthews Maple
Frozen maple taffy is as Canadian as it gets. Matthews Maple Syrup makes traditional maple taffy using fresh snow and, of course, maple syrup. They typically offer it nearer to the last stretch of winter, so make sure to check their website for more detailed dates.
Watch the Northern Lights at Torrance Barrens
Torrance Barrens is a dark sky reserve just a few hours from Toronto. Strong geomagnetic activity in the area helps to amplify the brilliance of the Northern Lights.
Winter ziplining over the Elora Gorge
In the winter time, you can ride a zipline over a snow-covered Elora Gorge for a fun winter adventure!
BeaverTails in the city
BeaverTails are a Canadian delicacy. The company has recently opened a bakery shop in Toronto, so make sure to grab a tasty tail this winter!
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in Collingwood
Scenic Caves in Collingwood has a really cool snowshoe and cross-country skiing trail that consists of a spectacular suspension bridge that you can actually walk over!
Skiing and snowboarding in the mountains
Blue Mountains, ON
The Blue Mountains Ski Resort is in full swing for its 2016-2017 season. Plan a trip to the Mountains and shred some powder!
Stay in an igloo
In northern Ontario, there's an unusual hotel that rents out igloos you can actually stay in. The igloos are completely made of snow, but are equipped with modern amenities like TVs and WiFi.
Visit the polar bear habitat
That largest polar bear habitat in the world can be found in Ontario. You can visit some furry white beasts just a few minutes away from the aforementioned igloo hotel!
Parliament Hill for New Years
Every year, Parliament Hill is transformed into a stunning winter wonderland. Instead of spending New Years in Toronto, head out to Ottawa for a change!
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