Freezing cold temperatures may be tough to bear, but they can really create some wintry magic, can’t they? With the incredible views from this icy paradise outside of the 6ix, you can straight up feel like you’re in a scene from Disney’s Frozen and we are completely obsessed. So, if you’re down for an Ontario winter road trip, then this frozen chasm totally needs to be at the top of your bucket list. 

Located just across the Canada-U.S. border in the state of New York, you’ll be blown away by the ancient and breathtaking Ausable Chasm. 

With impeccable views, a waterfall, and a lazy river you can float down, the chasm is a highly popular summer destination.

But it transforms into a peaceful wonderland in the winter, and you don’t want to miss it. 

You can take a guided tour of the area which will lead you through the ancient chasm and past icicles that tower 150 feet over the river.

A key advantage of travelling to this spot in the winter is that it sees much less traffic than in the warmer months.

So, the chances of you having the whole area to yourself are pretty high. 

If you’re looking for brand new winter adventures close to home, look no further. This frozen wonderland awaits.

You should note that you'll need to book a guided winter tour if you want to explore deep within the rocky chasm.

However, self-guided tours are allowed on the outer rim trail, weather permitting. 

Snowshoes and ice cleats are available for rent and must be worn on your tour for safety purposes.

The chasm is located close to the state border of New York and Vermont, near Lake Champlain.

That makes it roughly three hours' drive from Ottawa or around six from Toronto. But, as far as peaceful and adventurous winter escapes go, this one is totally worth the drive. 

So, get those passports ready and let your BFFs know that a winter road trip is in your future.

Who said winter's not for exploring?

Ausable Chasm

Price: From $17.95 USD (for self-guided tours)

When: Winter, weather permitting

Address: 2144 U.S. 9, Ausable Chasm, N.Y.

Why You Need To Go: You can explore this ancient chasm in all of its tranquil frozen glory. 

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