Ontario is a province that has a great balance between bustling city life and peaceful nature just waiting to be explored. We're incredibly lucky to live here because of all the unique, beautiful and scenic adventures that are just waiting to be explored!
Winter and the holiday season is the perfect times to go out and experience what our great province has to offer. There's everything from stunning light festivals to forest skating trails to frozen waterfalls. All of these amazing spots make for the perfect winter date.
If you're getting ready for the winter season and you want to start planning all your winter wonderland adventures in Ontario, check out all the great ideas below!
Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights
Head down to Niagara Falls for the perfect winter activity! If you're looking for a great date idea, the Winter Festival of Lights is the place to go. Here you'll find eight kilometers worth of paths that will take you past over two million lights set up in magnificent displays! There's also going to be tons of fun events happening in the city during festival time and obviously tons of delicious food and drink to enjoy as well.
Arrowhead Skate Trail
Take a road trip out to Arrowhead Provincial Park in the winter and you'll find a magical skating adventure through a lush forest! During the evenings you'll find an even more romantic date opportunity at their "Fire & Ice" events where they line the entire skate trail with fire lanterns!
Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail
If you're looking for a scenic place to go for a romantic winter stroll this season you should definitely head over to the Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail. It's a 1.5 kilometer elevated boardwalk that clearly becomes magical when blanketed in fluffy snow! This area is also a bird sanctuary and home to tons of different species. If you bring some seeds with you, you can also get the birds to land in your hands!
Ready for an adrenaline-filled winter adventure? Then head on over to Mount Chinguacousy for the best tubing experience. Located in Brampton, the short but super fun hill is a great option for skiing beginners but even better for tubing! They have tubes available and you can even go for a night tube!
Explore the stunning frozen Tiffany Falls
Waterfalls are typically a summertime activity when you can hike in the sunshine and then reward yourself with a refreshing dip at the end. But in the winter months, Tiffany Falls in Hamilton turn into a magnificent, icy paradise just waiting to be explored! If you're intense enough you can bring some ice picks and scale to the top, or you can just admire it from the safety of the ground.
Toronto Christmas Market
Most of you probably already know and have been to the stunning Christmas market that takes place every year in Toronto, but it truly is the most romantic winter date. Walk under the twinkly lights, past the massive Christmas tree, and treat yourselves to some yummy hot chocolate to end the night! There's no better place to visit this holiday season.
Jingles & Joy at Blue Mountain
Every year the adorable Blue Mountain Village transforms into a dreamy Christmas village for the holidays in an event called Jingles & Joy! There will be tons of holiday-themed celebrations including music, horse-drawn carriage rides, decorated shops, delicious treats and drinks, and a one kilometre interactive light trail! It will be truly a magical place to explore this winter, perfect for a romantic date night. Plus you can even strap on your skis for an evening skate.
CP Holiday Train
The CP Holiday Train is probably the most festive activity that Canadians can take part in this winter season. For the 20th year in a row, Canadians across the country can check out the holiday train for a festive experience full of holiday spirit! It will be making stops in all the major cities and will include visits from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Christmas carols, and an amazing display of lights!
Rideau Canal Skating
It's definitely one of the most cheesy winter activities to take part in during the winter in Ontario, but it has to be included on this list. If you haven't yet had the chance to go for a romantic skate on the Rideau Canal, you must add this to your winter bucket list! Grab a beaver tail and hot chocolate afterward to treat yourselves.
Sifton Bog Boardwalk
Another stunning spot for a winter stroll this season is through the Sifton Bog Boardwalk! This one-kilometre long hiking trail in London, Ontario will take you through a woodland forest that's flooded with a marshy bog. During the winter time, the water freezes to give it a unique winter wonderland vibe!