Believe it or not, winter is lingering just around the corner. And that means it’s time to start thinking about all the charming Ontario small towns you’ll visit when the snow hits. 

Whether you’re looking to support local businesses and score some unique holiday gifts, or simply want to take a scenic winter walk, these towns have you covered.

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From whimsical footbridges and trails to hidden courtyard restaurants and outdoor dining domes, you’re sure to have a one-of-a-kind time in these picturesque spots.

Take a peek at these destinations and start mapping out your next day trip!


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Address: Almonte, ON

Why You Need To Go: With so many charming buildings, shops, and restaurants, it's no surprise that this little town has been the set of multiple holiday films. You'll feel like you're walking through a real-life postcard here.


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Address: Paris, ON

Why You Need To Go: Appropriately dubbed "Canada's prettiest little town," Paris certainly won't disappoint. Here you can soak up waterfront views, admire old cobblestone buildings, and hike picturesque trails.


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Address: Cambridge, ON

Why You Need To Go: The European vibes don't quit in this cute little town. If you're a major foodie, be sure to stop by the Cambridge Mill for a meal with a side of stunning waterfront views.


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Address: Perth, ON

Why You Need To Go: Perth has "holiday Hallmark movie" written all over it. The buildings here are beautiful and historic. You can even discover hidden courtyards and a little footbridge in the town.


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Address: Merrickville, ON

Why You Need To Go: When it comes to natural beauty, this picture-perfect town situated along the Rideau Canal is tough to beat. If you love unique handmade gifts, then you'll want to explore the shopping scene here as well.


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Address: Elora, ON

Why You Need To Go: With the famous Elora Gorge, this town is a real hot spot in the summer. But when winter rolls around, this colourful town is covered in holiday magic. Shops like The Mermaid in Elora and Twice Loved Books are a must-visit.

St. Jacobs

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Address: St. Jacobs, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll be surrounded by old world charm and contemporary style in this adorable little village. If you're visiting this winter, be sure to check out the unique outdoor dining domes.


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Address: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: If a little ice wine-sipping is in order, then you can't go wrong with Niagara-on-the-Lake. In this captivating town, you'll find something beautiful or something fun to do around every corner.