7 Winter Weekend Getaways in Ontario

January 14, 2019

In winter the days are shorter, but the season sure feels long when it’s this cold out! Luckily, in Ontario, we have an abundance of great locations for winter getaways to fight the winter blues. From frozen falls to steam rooms and spas there is something for everyone on this list of great Ontario winter getaways.

1. Muskoka – 2 hours from Toronto

Famous for its cottage season popularity, Muskoka is equally exciting in the winter, especially if you love outdoor activities. Skiing, Ice fishing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are just some of the activities you can do in the area.

Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous you can even take part in a dog sledding adventure at North Ridge Ranch. Nearby you’ll also find the longest manmade skating trail in Canada, at Arrowhead Provincial Park. Pay the park entry fee and it’s free to skate if you BYOS (Bring Your Own Skates), otherwise skate rentals are available on site.

For those looking to enjoy indoor activities, Muskoka also features a spa, log cabins with fireside lounges and the Lake of Bays Brewery!

 

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2. Algonquin Park – 3 Hours from Toronto

GTA-ers are great at getting out of the city in the summer, but what about a winter break? Algonquin Park offers winter camping – YES winter camping. If you want to give your inner Bear Grylls a run for his money tries backcountry winter camping. It’s cold and not for the faint of heart so do your research.

If you’re looking for something a little easier on the body and mind, Algonquin also offers more of a glamping experience in heated Yurts with real beds. Bring your own bedding and cook your food on a barbeque just outside the door.

Cuddle up and unplug for a romantic getaway weekend. Wildlife around the park will have you feeling like Snow White with a common sighting of deer, moose, foxes, wolves, and birds such as Boreal Chickadee and winter Finches.

3. Elora Gorge – 1.5 Hours from Toronto

Noted as Ontario’s Most Beautiful Village, Elora features unique shops and restaurants. If you’re interested in something more adventurous you can even take on a winter zip line over the beautiful frozen Elora Gorge.

Or, if you want to live like you are in Game of Thrones, you can go climb “The Wall” in Elora Gorge. Take a climbing lesson on a frozen waterfall and bring out your inner John Snow with One Axe Pursuits.

 

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4. Hamilton – Just under an Hour from Toronto

What is more stunning than a waterfall? Over 100 frozen waterfalls! Hamilton – the city of waterfalls is a wonderful getaway close to the city! On special occasions, they even light up certain waterfalls at night!

Hamilton is also home to great food, breweries and a Hamilton harbourside outdoor ice rink.  From February 1-18th Hamilton plays host to Winterfest. The festival features all kinds of events including wine fest, free skating, a seed sale for green thumbs, concerts, galas, film festivals and even a soup festival.

 

5. Stratford – 1 Hour 40 Minutes from Toronto

Theatre season may be over but there are still plenty of reasons to visit Justin Bieber’s hometown. Stratford is picturesque and full of antique shops, boutiques and galleries.

If you’re looking to fill the quirky hole in your heart, Stratford is for you. Art connoisseurs will be delighted by Gallery Stratford which is home to over 1,000 works by Canadian artists. There’s also no shortage of tasty treats. Check out the Chocolate or Bacon and Ale Trails in the surrounding area.

 

6. Niagara Falls – 1.5 Hours from Toronto

We’ve mentioned waterfalls a few times on this list. But why not visit one of the largest waterfalls in the world? Visiting the Falls in the winter comes with many benefits; fewer tourists, cheaper hotel prices and the majestic frozen falls are truly a sight to see!

You can still ride the Sky Wheel, Journey Behind the Falls and as well as an enclosed gondola over the Falls. If a Vegas trip is out of the question, you can get your gambling fix at the casinos. Close by you’ll also find Niagara on the Lake which hosts Ice Wine Festivals on weekends in January and many wineries are open for tastings throughout the winter.

 

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7. Blue Mountain – 2 hours from Toronto

A family winter favourite, the Blue Mountains are a ski destination close to the city. But did you know that Blue Mountain has lots of other activities? You can snow tube, cross country ski and snowshoe in the area. If you’re in need of some R&R you can visit the beautiful Scandinave Spa for massages, hot tubs and steam rooms. If the Après-ski is more your speed you can visit one of the many restaurants and bars in the Blue Mountain village.

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