11 Winter Adventures To Add To Your Ontario Bucket List If You Love The Snow
Make this season the best one yet. To help you start planning, we gathered up winter activities in Ontario that you need to add to your bucket list.
Once the snow hits the ground, you need to race outdoors to experience the magic for yourself. There is something for everyone to enjoy on our list, from low-key adventures like walking with adorable alpacas to a thrilling ride down a mountain.
It's time to start planning what to do first. Have fun!
Walk With Alpacas
Price: $30.00 per person ($60 minimum per visit)
Address: 2432 Cuddy Dr., Kerwood, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can go on a 1.5-hour stroll with fluffy alpacas. If you want even more time with these adorable creatures, you can book a stay at the farm's Airbnb. Just be sure to dress for the weather and farm life.
Treat Yourself To A Spa Day
Address: Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, 152 Grey County Road 21, The Blue Mountains, ON
Why You Need To Go: Just two hours from Toronto, this luxurious spa offers relaxing Scandanavian baths with stunning views of the Niagara Escarpment. After a day spent hiking nearby, you can soak in the steamy baths surrounded by snow. You could also opt for one of their massage options.
Snowshoe Across A Suspension Bridge
Address: 260 Scenic Caves Rd., The Blue Mountains, ON
Why You Need To Go: It is a one-of-a-kind snowshoeing experience where you can enjoy a jaw-dropping lookout — on a clear day you can see 10,000 square kilometres, even past Georgian Bay. Be warned: the 420-foot crossing is not for the faint of heart as the bridge is known to sway.
Slide Down A Mountain
Address: 2632 Vespra Valley Rd., Minesing, ON
Why You Need To Go: You won't believe how fast you can go when tubing down one of the 14 slides. Less than an hour and a half from Toronto, it's the perfect place for an afternoon of wintry fun. The entrance price will get you two hours of unlimited riding and lifts back up, with night and weekday discounts.
Try Snow Skiing
Price: Daily vehicle permit: $18 weekdays, $21 weekends + $15 per adult for cross-country skiing
Address: Arrowhead Provincial Park, 451 Arrowhead Park Rd., Huntsville, ON
Why You Need To Go: There are 28 kilometres of cross-country ski trails for you to explore. With well-groomed tracks and paths for a range of skill levels, you can ski peacefully through a snow-covered forest. Be sure to check out the glittering skating trail here as well.
Ride A Mountain Coaster
Address: 150 Jozo Weider Blvd., The Blue Mountains, ON
Why You Need To Go: The thrilling ride is filled with tons of twists and will reach speeds up to 42 km/h. The track winds through the forest and meadow with gorgeous views throughout that are even more amazing in the snow. You can even drive your own cart.
Toboggan With Your Friends
Address: Green's Creek, Bearbrook Rd., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can race your friends to the bottom of the hill. It's nice and wide and goes on for ages. It's one of the best spots for sledding in the city so you'll keep coming back for more.
Find A Frozen Waterfall
Price: $5.00 parking fee
Address: Tiffany Falls, Hamilton, ON
Why You Need To Go: It's a quick 10-minute walk to reach this impressive glistening waterfall. The 21-metre cascade is jaw-dropping all year round, but it's especially beautiful in the winter when it freezes over. If you're feeling extra adventurous, ice-climbing is allowed here.
Skate Through A Forest
Address: 201 Scenic Caves Rd., The Blue Mountains, ON
Why You Need To Go: The 1.1-kilometre loop will take you through a peaceful forest with snow-dusted trees. After dark, the trail is illuminated by thousands of interactive lights. Take your SO for a romantic night of gliding under the stars.
Go Dog Sledding
Address: North Ridge Ranch, 1823 Williamsport Rd., Huntsville, ON
Why You Need To Go: This fantastic dog sledding tour is approximately 20-kilometres long and will take you through the gorgeous Muskoka wilderness. Make sure to dress warmly — it gets chilly out there.
See A Frosty Canyon
Price: $12.25 per vehicle
Address: Mono Cliffs Provincial Park, 795122 3rd Line E., Orangeville, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can hike or snowshoe into a canyon on the Spillway Trail. The park is about an hour away from Toronto but offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The trails aren't maintained in the winter so be ready to trek.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.