With the leaves falling to the ground and the weather officially getting colder, it seems that winter is finally on its way. While it's sad to think of losing this stunning, vibrant season, there are so many magical adventures ahead! Winter is another gorgeous season in Ontario, and while it can be tempting to hibernate under a blanket all day, these activities will get you out of the house. You don't have to travel far for these winter day trips near Toronto.
Make sure you've got all your warmest winter essentials ready because you'll want to spend the whole season outdoors checking out some of these awesome activities. These places are so close to the city that you can easily visit them in one day, which means there's no need to take time off work to enjoy yourself.
Take some time away from the city and explore the incredible winter wonderland Ontario becomes. From stunning winter hikes to magical skating rinks and twinkling lights, these adventures will have you living the snowy season to the fullest.
Pull-on some mittens, wrap yourself in a scarf, grab some friends, and head into the great outdoors for some frosty fun this winter.
Wintry Suspension Bridge
Price: $17.50 - $21.50 per adult
When: Nov. 15, 2019 - late March 2020
Address: 260 Scenic Caves Rd., Blue Mountains, ON
Why You Need To Go: Take a two-hour drive and snowshoe across Southern Ontario's longest suspension bridge this season in the Blue Mountains. You'll be able to see ten thousand square kilometers of winter beauty.
Visit Downtown Kingston
Address: 216 Ontario St., Kingston, ON
Why You Need To Go: A little under three hours from Toronto, historic Kingston is even more charming in the winter. Skate for free in Market Square, and grab a decadent hot chocolate at Sipp's Cafe. There are often horse-drawn buggy rides being offered at certain times as well.
Niagara Ice Wine Fest
When: Jan. 10, 2020 - Jan. 26, 2020
Address: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Why You Need To Go: What better way to celebrate the frosty season than sipping ice wine? Take part in all sorts of boozy events during this magical festival which takes place in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The festival is only an hour and forty minutes from the city.
Take a Walk to a Frozen Waterfall
Price: $3 fee from May - October
Address: Georgian Bluffs, ON
Why You Need To Go: Wander through a stunning winter wonderland to Inglis Falls. The frozen eighteen-meter waterfall is truly something to see. The two and a half-hour drive there will take you through the frosty countryside.
Go on a Dog-Sledding Adventure
Price: $135 - $205 per person
Address: 1823 Williamsport Rd., Huntsville, ON
Why You Need To Go: Embark on a wintery forest adventure on the back of a dogsled at North Ridge Ranch. Located two hours and forty minutes from Toronto, this enchanting tour will take you through the wintry wilderness and is complete with hot chocolate.
Skate Along a Frozen Cranberry Trail Beneath the Stars
Price: $10 per adult
When: Dec. 27, 2019 - TBD
Address: Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery, 1074 Cranberry Rd.,
Why You Need To Go: This two hour and twenty-minute drive to Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery is well worth it for the most magical winter experience. This 1.2 km trail is surrounded by frozen cranberry bushes and each Saturday night it is lit with over four hundred torches! Don't leave without enjoying warm mulled wine.
Address: Bayfield, ON
Why You Need To Go: This charming little village is a popular summer destination, but it becomes even more magical in the winter. Stroll the snow-covered streets and explore sweet local shops and cafes. The village is located two hours and forty minutes from Toronto.
Drive Through a Magical Light Tunnel
Price: $15 per vehicle
Address: 425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener, ON
Why You Need To Go: Located an hour and a half from Toronto, this twinkling lights installation is a winter must-see. Drive through a glimmering tunnel and pass massive installations this season at Bingeman's Gift Of Lights.