Snowshoe? Camp? 6 Winter things to do in Ontario
Fortunately, there are many things to do during winter in Ontario, and it isn’t always just a trip to the nearby hill – maybe snowshoe, or go camping instead? If you’re not sure what to do, below is a list of six things to do in Ontario during the winter.
Ontario has some absolutely gorgeous parks to enjoy through the summer months, and many of them are still accessible in the winter. See the northern lights, enjoy the comfort of winterized huts, and do it all without the need for bugspray. Whether it’s dogsledding at Algonquin Provincial Park, camping out in a yurt at Windy Lake Provincial Park, or camping in wood-heated tipis and yurts at Atelier Arboreal, located in the Bruce Peninsula between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron, there are many unique camping experiences to be had in the winter in Ontario.
If you’ve lived in Ontario for long, chances are you’ve done a bit of skating, and maybe hit the slopes on skis or a snowboard. Now’s the time to try out a snowshoe trail – there are plenty nearby. And whether you’ve never done it before, or you’ve snowshoed a hundred times, Ontario can challenge anybody. Many provincial parks in Ontario provide breathtaking trails to experience, such as the 14.3 kilometre long Collins Inlet Trail with beautiful landscapes to take in, or the easier 3.5 kilometre Tower Trail at MacGregor Point Provincial Park near Port Elgin, Ontario. Feeling very adventurous? The Bruce Trail is an option for those of you that like longer walks! Most places will rent you snowshoes, and provide warming tents and potable water to make sure you’re comfortable during your winter adventure.
City Winter Hiking
Just because you’re staying in the city doesn’t mean you’re out of luck! There are plenty of great spots in major cities across Ontario for a nice winter hike. Toronto’s High Park has a great network of trails that can take you down to Grenadier Pond in the winter, and while the Leslie Street Spit might get a little windy at parts, there’s nothing quite like Tommy Thompson Park in the winter. In the Ottawa Green Belt, Mer Bleue Bog has a massive network of trails for hiking.
Winter is an amazing time for photography in Ontario, especially if you like chasing after birds and animals in the brisk winter air. Maybe you’re looking for the perfect Instagram shot, or a new addition to your professional portfolio – either way, Algonquin Provincial Park with its moose (and more), Simcoe with its many birds, or even Haliburton Forest with its wolves are great places to check out in Ontario to get that perfect shot. And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, there are places such as the Polar Bear Provincial Park – the largest of Ontario’s provincial parks, accessible only by plane or boat, and with wildlife ranging from caribou and bearded seal to polar bears and the Arctic fox. If you enjoy wildlife photography, but aren’t one to take pictures yourself, it’s not too late to check out the Royal Ontario Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit.
Visit the Cottage
Who said the Cottage is just a summer getaway? Whether you rent or own, there’s nothing quite like a winter visit to the wilderness of Ontario. Skate on a frozen lake, hike through pristine winter countryside, enjoy the warmth of a firepit, use the snow as your freezer, and maybe throw a massive party – all while most people are back in the city, probably stuck in traffic.
Enjoy a Georgian Express
There’s nothing quite like a nice warm drink when there’s a crisp layer of snow outside. Whether you’re downtown, in the suburbs, or by a remote lake, the Georgian Express will get you feeling cozy in no time. Not sure how to make it? It’s easy – check it out!
So there you have it, six fun things to do in Ontario during the winter. Just because it’s snowing outside, doesn’t mean you’re stuck inside. Share your winter experiences with us by posting on our Facebook page or sharing on Instagram using #georgianbayspiritco. We’d love to see what you’re up to on these remaining days of winter.