Winter is finally arriving in the city and even though the streets aren't blanketed in piles of fluffy snow, we all know it's just a matter of time. Soon enough we'll be wearing 5 layers just to go outside, Christmas songs will be playing in every store, and twinkly lights will be on display on every street!
But as beautiful as the city becomes when the snow finally hits the ground, it's always nice to escape the hustle and bustle of the Toronto streets and take a fun winter day trip! There are tons of different options when you're looking for a winter adventure in Ontario.
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You can find everything from magical tunnels of lights, snowy boardwalk trails, German Christmas markets, forest skating trails, and so much more! What's even better is that each of these spontaneous day trips is two hours or less from Toronto!
Take a journey behind Niagara Falls
The infamous Niagara Falls is just a short 1.5-hour drive from Toronto and makes for the perfect winter destination! Even though it's more popular during the warmer months of the year, the falls transform into a frozen wonderland in the winter months. You can actually take a head inside the falls and see it from a new vantage point with their special Journey Behind the Falls experience that runs all winter long! Tickets go for $19.95 each.
Stroll along a snowy 1.4-km boardwalk trail
The Crawford Lake Conservation Area is just a short one-hour drive from Toronto and offers the perfect setting for a winter hike. This spot is home to a rare type of lake called a "meromictic lake" which means that there's layers of waters. The conservationa area also has a 1.4 km boardwalk trail, and gorgeous scenery. You can take a romantic winter stroll along the snowy boardwalk and spot some wildlife as you go!
Visit a real German Christmas market for the holidays
If you've ever wanted to experience a German Christmas before, now's your chance! Every year the town of Kitchener, which is just a 1.5-hour drive from Toronto, hosts a huge German Christmas market called Christkindl. This year it will be running from December 6-9th with outdoor huts selling unique gifts, sweet and savoury foods to enjoy, over 100 vendors, and so much more!
Explore a frozen wonderland at Lumina Borealis
Head down to Kingston, Ontario this winter for a magical wonderland you've never experienced before! Every year Kingston transforms into a wintery forest with Lumina Borealis. There are interactive exhibits and twinkling light displays that makes for the perfect romantic date night away from the bustling city.
Skate along a 1.3 Km forest skating trail
Okay, so this one is a bit over a 2-hour drive, sitting at 2.5-hours from Toronto but it's definitely worth that extra 30 minutes! The Arrowhead Provincial Park will be opening up their super fun 1.3 km skating trail where you can skate through the forest! At night they also set up fiery lanterns along the trail to make for a romantic night outing.
Drive through a massive tunnel of lights
If you're seriously obsessed with all things Christmas and lights this winter, you definitely need to head over to the Gift of Lights event that will be taking place in Kitchener this season. They'll be opening up this magical two km drive-thru tunnel of lights on November 16th all the way until January 5th! It's a truly magical experience that you definitely don't want to miss out on.
Relax in the stunning outdoor spa at Blue Mountain
If you're looking for somewhere to fully escape and relax this winter, the Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain is definitely the best spot for that! They have outdoor hot baths, saunas, cozy robes, steam rooms, and even a cafe and restaurant to chill out in. You can even buy a day pass to their water therapy for just $50 or purchase one of their treatments like a massage or a facial and you'll get access to their water therapy included!