14 Fun Things To Do In Ontario That Need To Be On Your Winter Bucket List

Time to plan your snowy day trip!

Staff Writer
14 Fun Things To Do In Ontario That Need To Be On Your Winter Bucket List

Forget about hibernating indoors once the snow arrives. Instead, here are 14 fun things to do in Ontario that need to be on your winter bucket list.

From twinkling drive-thrus sure to put you in the holiday spirit to new immersive events, there's no time to be bored. So it's time to start planning — here are some top picks on what to do next.

Hike Through A Frosty Canyon

Price: $13.72 per vehicle

Address: 795086 3rd Line EHS, Shelburne, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can follow a boardwalk path through a snow-covered canyon at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park.


Drive Through A Colourful Tunnel Of Lights

Price: $20+ per vehicle

When: November 19, 2021, to January 8, 2022

Address: 411 Corkstown Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: There are tons of dazzling drive-thru holiday events to visit across the province, like the Magic Of Lights, where you can see nearly 1 million colourful lights without leaving your vehicle.


Go Snow Tubing

Price: $20+ per person

Address: 2632 Vespra Valley Rd., Minesing, ON

Why You Need To Go: At Snow Valley Ski Resort, you'll feel like a kid again on one of their 13 tubing lanes where you can race your friends to the bottom.


Attend Alight At Night

Price: TBA

When: TBA

Address: 13740 County Rd. 2, Morrisburg, ON

Why You Need To Go: It's Eastern Ontario's biggest outdoor lights festival, where you can see over 1 million lights illuminate a heritage village.


Take A Fluffy Alpaca For A Walk

Price: $60 for two people

Address: 2432 Cuddy Dr., Kerwood, ON

Why You Need To Go: At S.A.M.Y.'s Alpaca Farm, you walk some adorable alpacas along a country road.


Sip Cocktails At A Christmas-Themed Pop-Up

Price: 💸💸

When: November 19 to December 26, 2021

Address: 875 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Miracle Toronto bar is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit — it's decked out in holiday decor and has festive boozy cocktails.


Follow A Lantern Trail

Price: $34.95 per adult

When: November 18, 2021, to February 27, 2022

Address: 10215 Montrose Rd., Niagara Falls, ON

Why You Need To Go: At the Seasky International Light Show, you can follow a 1.2-kilometre trail to explore 30 giant glowing displays.


Go Snowshoeing

Price: $23+ per person

Address: 260 Scenic Caves Rd., The Blue Mountains, ON

Why You Need To Go: At Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, you can snowshoe across Ontario's longest suspension bridge for a sky-high view of the Georgian Bay.


Visit A Small Town Where Hallmark Movies Are Filmed

Price: Free

Address: Almonte, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you look forward every year to Hallmark's countdown to Christmas, you'll want to plan a road trip to Almonte. The town has the nickname "Mini Hollywood North" because so many holiday movies have been filmed there.


Hike To A Frozen Waterfall

Price: $8 per person

Address: 3292 Sixth Ave., Lincoln, ON

Why You Need To Go: Within Ball's Falls Conservation Area, you can see a frozen waterfall that will make you feel like you've entered a winter wonderland.


Ride A Mountain Coaster

Price: $17 per ride

Address: 150 Jozo Weider Blvd., The Blue Mountains, ON

Why You Need To Go: For an exhilarating experience, you can ride a kilometre-long mountain coaster that reaches speeds up to 42 km/h.


Skate On The Iconic Rideau Canal

Price: Free

Address: Rideau Canal, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can lace up your skates and glide across the 7.8-kilometre-long Rideau Canal Skateway that will take you across Ottawa.


Shop At Niemi's Christmas Market

Price: $14.99 per person

When: November 12 to December 22, 2021

Address: 18463 Hwy. 48, Mount Albert, ON

Why You Need To Go: At Niemi's Christmas Market, you'll be able to shop for decor and gifts and then take a romantic stroll under the forest lit with twinkling lights.


Explore 'The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle​'

Price: $35 per adult

When: November 20 to December 24, 2021

Where: 1 Yonge St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: At this new immersive event, you can feel like you've stepped into the fantasy world of The Nutcracker.


Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

Stephanie White
Staff Writer