Best Winter Vacation Spots in Ontario


It’s often a little harder to plan an Ontario vacation in the winter time, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Below are some of the top spots you can hit up with your family when the weather is still chilly.


Rent a cabin


Who says cottage living is exclusive to the summer? Spend your winter up north by renting a cabin or cottage in one of the Ontario’s breath-taking provincial parks.  Make a weekend out of ice skating, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, or even try your hand at ice fishing. Sure, it may not be as relaxing as lying on a hot beach, but you may be surprised at how much fun you can have.


Head to Toronto


If you’re looking for some fun day activities to do with the family, Toronto is absolutely the place to be.


Starting Jan. 27, the Distillery District will be hosting the Toronto Light Festival, giving residents from all over Southern Ontario the ability to see some of the coolest light creations the world has to offer. The best part is, it’s 100% free!


If you’d prefer something a little more kid-friendly, hit up Don Valley Brick Works and do a scavenger hunt with your children (no reservations required).


Snow Valley Resort


Ready for a real thrill? Head up north to the Snow Valley Resort in Barrie to experience some of the best snow tubing the province has to offer.


Unlike skiing and snowboarding, snow tubing involves little to no training, and is arguably just as fun. Also, if your children are a little younger, the Snow Valley Resort offers a “Kidz Zone” for those not quite ready for the big hills. Chances are, your kids will be begging to go back.


Blue Mountain


One of the best and most popular winter spots to check out is Blue Mountain. If your family is into skiing or snowboarding, Blue Mountain is the perfect place to be, offering some of the best hills in Ontario.


Even if you’re not a big skier or snowboarder, there are plenty of restaurants, boutiques, outdoor activities, and spa options to keep you occupied in Blue Mountain Village. But if you’re planning on staying over night, book early – rooms book quickly in the winter.


Go Dog sledding


What better way to spend a day off then with a pack of canines?


If you’re a dog-lover, you’ll have a blast doing a dog sledding tour this winter. The majority of places are up north, but there are still plenty of options across the province if you don’t feel like travelling too far.


Snowshoeing at Crawford Lake


If you’re looking for a unique day trip idea, you may be interested in visiting Crawford Lake, located along the Niagara Escarpment.


Crawford Lake offers plenty of trails for people of all ages and levels, making it a great destination for the entire family.  It’s also a great way to burn a few calories.



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