As much as we hate to admit it, winter has officially arrived in Ontario. The winter months are best spent curled up under a cozy blanket next to a roaring fireplace while you're drinking a steaming cup of hot cocoa. If we could spend every winter day like this we'd be more than happy. 

But as much as we'd like to avoid going outside until the warmth of the sun returns in the springtime, that's just not realistic. Instead of hiding from the chill of winter, it's time to embrace it this season! Get outdoors and experience the true beauty of a Canadian winter. 

There are some stunning hidden gems that will make you forget about the cold nipping your cheeks in no time! Check out this list of super fun winter activities in Ontario. 

Bridal Veil Falls

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Head over to Manitoulin Island which is the most magical place you'll explore all winter! The falls transform into frozen turquoise blue ice caves that make for some unreal photos. You can wander behind the falls and see the light stream through the frozen water for an unbelievable sight. If you're brave enough and you have your own equipment, you can try ice climbing up the falls! 

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Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

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Head up to Collingwood for the ultimate winter outdoor adventures. Scenic Caves Nature Adventures has tons of incredible activities like snowshoeing, wintry suspension bridges, cross-country skiing, and so much more! It's the perfect spot for a date or to admire the true beauty of an Ontario winter. 

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Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve

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Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve is the perfect spot to admire the beauty of the sky at night. You can actually see a big part of the Milky Way here and it's clearly an amazing spot for long exposure photos. Bring a tent and some super cozy blankets and make it a winter camping adventure! 

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Chicopee Tube Park

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Chicopee Tube Park is a great spot for a fun evening having fun in the great outdoors. They offer night tube rides so you can tube into the late hours of the evening and makes for a super fun date night. 

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Arrowhead Provincial Park

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The adorable skating trail in the middle of Arrowhead Provincial Park is a must-visit this winter season. It's a 1-km trail that becomes magical when the snow starts to fall. They even have evening skates weekly where they line the trail with firelit tiki torches for a unique experience! 

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Millcroft Inn & Spa

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Spend some time warming up from the cold this winter by relaxing in these amazing outdoor hot springs. Millcroft Inn & Spa offers daily access to their water therapy or you can book a room or a massage and get access to the hot springs for free. This spot becomes truly magical during the winter months when the snow is falling all around you!

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Woodview Mountaintop Skating

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You may think one of the only things you can do at Blue MountainYis skiing but they actually opened an unreal skating trail at the top of the hills! This 1.1-km skate trail offers you stunning views of the Niagara Escarpment and the lush forest covered in a blanket of fluffy snow. They officially opened last January and we're expecting they'll open up again as soon as the weather gets cold enough. 

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