It's no secret that big cities like Ottawa and Toronto have plenty of fun winter activities for you to enjoy. However, every now and then, we all crave the laid-back and carefree vibe you get from a small town. If you're looking to escape the big city for some worry-free winter fun in one of the numerous charming small towns in Ontario, you're in luck!\nThere are so many cute little places across the province that make incredible winter day trips! Whether it's a horse-drawn trolley ride or a frosty hike up to a snowy lookout point or a visit to a real-life winter wonderland, there is a little something for everyone to enjoy this season. \nSo, take a look at this list we've put together so you don't have to, and look forward to your best winter yet!\nSt. Jacobs\nPrice: Prices vary\nAddress: St. Jacobs Village, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Just outside of Waterloo, St. Jacobs has a charming village look and feel that will transport you to a simpler time. In the winter, they host the St. Jacobs Sparkles event where all the shops in town light up. You can enjoy beautiful light displays, shopping discounts, carolling, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more.\n View this post on Instagram Who's ready to kick off the holiday season at St. Jacobs Sparkles tomorrow?! ✨❄️🌟🎄 Join in the festive atmosphere as the entire @stjacobsvillage lights up and carollers fill the streets. Hop on a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride or take advantage of the sales and do some holiday shopping! 🛍 November 16 - 19 #ExploreWR A post shared by Explore Waterloo Region (@explorewaterlooregion) on Nov 15, 2017 at 1:52pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\nBurlington \nPrice: Free\nAddress: 1400 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Burlington is a charming little spot outside of Toronto along the shore of Lake Ontario. Every winter, they host an enchanting Festival of Lights in Spencer Smith Park. You can walk through the twinkling light displays and admire their colourful reflection on the lake. \nWebsite\nThe Blue Mountains\nPrice: Prices vary\nAddress: 156 Jozo Weider Blvd., The Blue Mountains, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: If skiing is your jam, then you can't pass up a trip to Blue Mountain Village near Collingwood. You'll feel like you're walking into a real-life fairytale here, so even if you're not into extreme winter sports, there's still plenty for you to enjoy.\nView this post on Instagram Happy Friday everyone! We’re super excited to spend a lot of quality time together as a family this weekend! And Aydin is super excited to spend time with his grandparents!❤️❤️ . . What are your plans for this weekend? A post shared by Dina K. | Lifestyle Blogger (@itsdina.k) on Mar 29, 2019 at 9:00am PDT\nWebsite\nPort Elgin\nPrice: Prices vary\nAddress: 1593 Bruce Rd. 33, Port Elgin, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: With an abundance of naturally beautiful parks and beaches, Port Elgin is a must-visit any time of year. But there's something that's just so magical about those parks and beaches in the winter. If you're fearless enough for winter camping, then you must check out MacGregor Point Provincial Park. Another fun way to see the breathtaking winter sights in the area is via dog sled at Green Feet Dogsledding.\nView this post on Instagram Day 1292. That choice: Bring your life to an abrupt halt, about face and do everything within your power to change its path... or kill yourself? When you've seriously considered the latter, but through better judgement, intuition or divine intervention chose the alternative, it changes things: your perspective of everything - gratitude, appreciation, life and death. . When I drank, I was functional in the sense that I was never late for work. I did the dishes. I paid my bills. I showed up (for the most part). I did things. To the rest of the world, I was an average dude, a dude that liked to wind down with a few drinks. Totally normal. Totally acceptable... Until suddenly, there was never enough booze to satisfy my growing alcohol fueled anxiety. . I did things, those tasks that gave me the appearance of your average, hardworking, middle class husband and father. However, I was terrified to do anything outside of my wheelhouse, anything too tough, too scary, anything that would compromise my taudry affair with a captain named, 'Morgan.' The truth is, I was so dependant, that I really didn't trust myself to do anything out of the ordinary, let alone head into the woods for a few days. . When death was a viable option, and I chose life, it became the first of many decisions that I could trust. . Not only did I bring my life to an abrupt halt to start over again, I learned that I was capable of trusting myself again. . Pictured: There was a time that I was scared to cross a busy street while carrying a hot coffee. No lie. Now, I'm in the woods, all by myself... Because, I can do scary things when I trust myself. . #sober #sobriety #life #soberlife #recovery #orange #suicide #wearethestorm #addiction #selflove #photography #inspiration #camping #marmot #pov #odaat #truth #courage #hope #love #live #life #trust #memoir #transformation #writer #writersofinstagram #iamthestorm A post shared by ⚡𝗣𝗲𝘁𝗲 𝗪𝗵𝗶𝘁𝗲⚡ (@pete.on.repeat) on Apr 2, 2019 at 6:38pm PDT\nWebsite\nHuntsville\nPrice: $10.84\nAddress: 451 Arrowhead Park Rd., Huntsville, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: For many of us, winter in Ontario means lacing up those skates and hitting the ice. Arrowhead Provincial Park in Huntsville offers one of the most picturesque outdoor skating trails in the province. Skating here becomes even more magical in the evening when the tiki torches that line the trail are lit. There's even an area with an open fire pit for you to warm up at. If you've never been, add this one to your winter bucket list ASAP!\nView this post on Instagram My amazing surprise (ish) date day. • I’ve wanted to go to arrowhead provincial park for their skating trail for years. And man, their fire & ice night did not disappoint. 🥰 • 💰 $17 per car to get in the park ⛸ no cost (skate rentals are also available!) • • • #travel #arrowheadprovincialpark #skating A post shared by andy (@andyy.vibes) on Feb 15, 2019 at 9:36am PST\nWebsite\nAlton\nPrice: $70\nAddress: 55 John St., Alton, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: If you're the kind of person who wants to cling on as tight as possible to any aspect of summer, then Alton's Millcroft Inn & Spa is the place to go. The incredible outdoor hot springs will help you keep bathing suit season alive and thriving, even in the cold depths of winter.\nView this post on Instagram Three’s company A post shared by Paige Sampogna-O’Connor (@paigesixxx) on Jan 19, 2019 at 11:05am PST\nWebsite\nDundas\nPrice: $5 entry, $10 parking\nAddress: Harvest Rd., Dundas, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Winter hiking presents some interesting obstacles, but if you're up for the challenge, Dundas Peak is worth checking out. You can access the trail and lookout point from the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area in Dundas. Looking out at the stretches of snow-covered trees from high above will truly make you feel like you're in a winter wonderland.\nView this post on Instagram Best way to spend this surprisingly snowy Sunday: hopping into the @fordcanada Edge ST and taking #billiejeanxoxo for a hike ❄️🐶. #dundaspeak #hike #fordedge A post shared by Karen Kwan (@healthandswellness) on Mar 31, 2019 at 2:34pm PDT\nWebsite\nPicton\nPrice: Prices vary\nAddress: 166 Main St., Picton, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Sometimes the best part of winter is coming inside to cozy up with a hot coffee. And while Picton has its fair share of incredible winter scenery, it's also home to one of the cutest cafes ever. Attached to the old movie theatre, The Vic Cafe is a must-visit at any time of year.\nView this post on Instagram xoxo @laura_essensa A post shared by 🦋 𝓡𝓲𝓴 🦋 (@erikaessensa) on May 12, 2019 at 3:13pm PDT\nWebsite\nThere are stories everywhere. 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