Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

 

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December 11, 2014
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Happy Holidays from the team at Summer Fun Guide!

As the cold weather of an Ontario winter settles in, it’s time to think about all of the wonderful outdoor activities available to us.  Canada is known for its winters and we have no shortage of fun things to do.  So put on your snowpants, bundle up & get outside for some serious fun!
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Tubing:
Skiing & Snowboarding:
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When the snow starts to fall & leaves a good layer on the ground, it’s time to head outdoors for some tubing.  It’s great fun & no skill is required.  All you need to do is hold on!  In Central Ontario, Arrowhead Provincial Park (north of Huntsville) has tubing, skating & snowshoeing. In Kitchener (Southwestern Ontario), Chicopee Tube Park has a snow barrier to guide tubes safely down the chute. In Milton (GTA), Glen Eden’s Tube Park also has skiing.  In Perth (Ottawa region), try River Valley–the first snow tube facility in Ontario & the 3rd in North America.  Calabogie Peaks Resort is another tubing facility.  If you’re in Northern Ontario, there’s lots of tubing in the Sudbury area – Adanac Ski Hill, Capreol Ski Hill & Lively Ski Hill all have tubing.  Many ski hills not mentioned also have tubing available, so check the Skiing section for more tubing sites. 
Skiing & snowboarding are great winter sports that can be enjoyed by all ages, from as soon as kids can walk til your silver years!   Here are just a few of the fantastic ski/snowboard hills around the province.  In the GTA (Thornhill), there’s Uplands and in Uxbridge there is Lakeridge Resort. In the Muskoka Region, there’s Deerhurst Resort, Blue Mountain,  Horseshoe Valley and Hidden Valley Resort.  Also in Central Ontario, near Barrie, you’ll find Snow Valley.  In Trenton (Southwestern Ontario), Batawa Ski Hill is a great choice and in Oshawa you’ll find Brimacombe (Home of the Oshawa Ski Club).  In Eastern Ontario, Mount Pakenham (near Ottawa) has skiing, snowboarding & tubing. Please see the Tubing section for more ski resorts.
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Hiking/Snowshoeing in Conservation Areas & Provincial Parks:
Skating:
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There’s nothing more beautiful in winter than a sunny day when the snow is sparkling on the trees and the outdoors is a winter wonderland.  To enjoy this magical time, try a hike in one of our many conservation areas & provincial parks.  Here are just a few to check out. In Grand Bend, Ontario (Southwestern Ont.) there’s Pinery Provincial Park. Wasaga Beach (Central Ont.) is a beautiful place to explore in the winter as is
Killarney in Northern Ontario.  For hiking trails all over Ontario you can go to the Ontario Trails website where you will find hiking trails by region & by activity. For a great resource on hiking trails in the GTA region, go to the Toronto Hiking website.
Is skating more your sport?  There are tons of wonderful places to skate outdoors in the winter.  In Toronto, you can skate down by the lake at Harbourfront or in front of City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square. In the GTA, you can also skate at Bronte Creek Provincial Park.  In Port Elgin (Southwestern Ontario), you can skate through the woods at MacGregor Point. Just north of Huntsville, in Central Ontario, Arrowhead Provincial Park’s winding ice trail is the longest outdoor man-made rink in Ontario.
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ATV/Snowmobile Tours:
Ice Fishing
ATV-ing is a major sport in our province and the winter is a great time to try it out.  There are no shortage of companies that do ATV or snowmobile tours.  In the Muskoka, Haliburton & Hastings County areas of Central Ontario, there’s Redline Outdoors.  This company runs guided winter ATV/snowmobile tours throughout the region.  Bear Claw Tours runs ATV tours on the Canadian Shield. Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Center (Central Ont) opens their 300km of groomed woodland trails to ATVs in winter.  You can even stay in one of their fully equipped cabins on site.  The Tracks to Trails Snowmobile Excursions is a truly unique experience.  You can load up your snowmobile onto the train in Sault Ste. Marie and have a comfortable ride up north through Algoma Country. You can get off at multiple stops and enjoy amazing snowmobile trails.
Ice fishing is another unique winter activity and there are many ways to enjoy it throughout the province. If you’re an expert ice fisher and just want the best information on great fishing destinations & conditions, then go to Icefish Ontario. For information on ice fishing on Lake Simcoe, Great Lakes, Kawartha Lakes, Georgian Bay Northern Lakes & more, as well as to find out about ice fishing hut rentals, go to the Lake Simcoe Outdoors website.  In Northern Ontario, Pasha Lake Cabins was recently named “One of the Top 25 Fishing Destinations in North America".  Some other great resources for ice fishing are:  Southern Ontario ice Fishing and Ice Fishing Ontario.  If you’re thinking about taking your family ice fishing, you might want to go on February 14-16 when it’s Family Fishing Across Ontario.
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Clearly, there are no shortages of fabulous winter activities in Ontario. Whatever your outdoor activity of choice, you’ll find lots of great places to do it.
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Christmas on the Rails-Halton County Radial Railway
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Christmas Festival, Wellington County
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You can ride the rails one last time (before the spring) on this seasonal railroad ride.  With the snow on the ground and the sound of Christmas carols in the air, it’s a wonderful Christmas-y experience.
Dec 13, 2014 1-8pm


(GTA, Milton)
Get ready for Christmas at this family oriented Christmas Festival.  There will be musical entertainment, seasonal crafts & activities, refreshments & a visit from Santa!
Dec 14, 2014 1-5pm

(Southwestern Ont)
All month long, Christmas is in the air at Blue Mountain Village.  There are visits from Santa, Saturday night fireworks, horse & wagon rides & strolling carolers.

(Central Ont, Blue Mountain)
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With winter comes hockey season. Just because you can’t get to Toronto or Ottawa to see the Leafs or Senators doesn’t mean you can’t get out and cheer on a team. The Ontario Hockey League has 20 teams around Ontario, from North Bay to Belleville, with ticket prices that are family friendly. Now that is a score!
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During Winterlude in Ottawa, you can skate on the world’s largest naturally frozen ice skating rink - the Rideau.  The skating rink is 7.8 km long and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa.  From January 30-February 16, 2015, there are also family friendly activities, like the Snowflake Kingdom, ice sculptures on display, unique gastronomic creations & so much more!
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The SFG Print Directory is now accepting updated and new listings for 2015. Sponsored by ONroute, the circulation will once again be 250,0000. To add or update YOUR listing/ad package, email or call 1-866-385-1550. You can view a digital version of last year's Guide here.
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