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JANUARY 13, 2021

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Winter Fun Activities in Ontario

Happy New Year! With a new year beckons a new season and while it may look different this year, it’s the prime opportunity to get outside and discover the multitude of safe activities our vast province has to offer. Although we have summer in our name, Summer Fun Guide online directory is used all year-round and this winter with the current restrictions on Ontario Tourism we wanted to provide an opportunity for businesses to get as much targeted extra exposure during this challenging time and for the public to get access to Winter Fun that is open and safe, right now.  This pandemic does not restrict us from continuing to have fun while staying safe and that’s why we are adding a new category to our website “ Winter Fun”. Check out the “Winter Fun” section right here on the website and search for a specific region from the  drop-down menu. See our 6 top picks for Winer Fun below!

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, Collingwood, Central Ontario

article1january122021.jpgThough you can’t actually go into the caves until the spring season, this company is set up for a variety of adventures you can do throughout the winter along the mountaintop of the Niagara Escarpment. Glide along 27km of trails on cross country skis, hike by snowshoe on a 12km trail through the 100-foot-tall hardwood trees or get that photo op along Southern Ontario’s longest Suspension Footbridge! Make sure to get in those animal sightings- whether it’s through wooden animal carvings or spotting them in the wild. Winter owls, deer and rabbits are nestled in the foothills here!

Blue Water Acres, Huntsville, Central Ontario

article2january122021.jpgIf you’re looking to get away for the winter, Blue Water Acres is a good option; its luxury cottages are situated along the shores of the Lake of Bays and your cottage will be a cozy sanctuary after a day in the winter wonderland of Muskoka. Activities on offer include skating, tubing, ice fishing and snowshoeing, right at the resort!  Nearby, you’ll be able to find snowboarding, skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and sleigh rides. Perfect for the whole family, there’s lots to do at this cottage resort!

Pathways on Pleasure Valley, Uxbridge, GTA

article3january122021.jpgIf you’re looking for a different activity for the winter, consider horseback riding. Head up to the tranquil forest of Pleasure Valley in Uxbridge and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life on a magical horseback ride through a winter wonderland. You can book a solo trail ride or rides for two in addition to lessons. All levels are welcome.

Aquatarium, Brockville, Eastern Ontario

article4january122021.jpgLocated in the Brockville, Aquarium is an interactive science and education museum located in and a must-see for the whole family. This discovery centre has interactive, hands-on experiences and exhibits year-round! Check out a reconstructed 18th century warship, or visit its land and aquatic critters. Aquatarium is currently closed but plans to reopen Jan 23rd so check their website for updates!

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, Niagara

article5january122021.jpgCheck out over 41 beautiful conservation areas including Ball's Falls, Binbrook, Long Beach & Chippawa Creek. From there, in the winter, there’s an opportunity to hike the beautiful trails, go cross country skiing, bird watching, nature photography and even geocaching! If you get lucky, you might even see the spectacle of frozen waterfalls in the winter! Be sure to also purchase the 2021 NaturePlus Pass for unlimited access to all conservation areas including the four flagship properties where admission rate applies. This is fantastic value for regular park visitors!

Middlesex County, Southwestern Ontario

article6january122021.jpgMiddlesex has a variety of parks and trails that you can discover throughout the winter. Check their extensive trails guide here. Explore the nature trails of the 800 hectare Parkhill Conservation Area where you can go hiking, snowmobiling and tobogganing. 32 km west of London, Longwoods Road Conservation Area is a network of 155 acres of Carolinian forests, ravines, meadows, and wetlands. In addition to skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, and epic bird watching you can visit the Ska-Nah-Doht Village featuring longhouses, a palisade maze, and exhibits featuring the archaeology and Traditional Aboriginal knowledge passed on by local First Nations. When able, the Thames Valley Trail Association (TVTA) leads 5 or more walks and hikes a week in London, Ontario and its surrounding areas. Check out their Meetup Site which you can find here.


Featured Events


Feb 5 -Feb 20, 2021
Online (Ottawa)

featuredevent1january122021.jpgThe winter themed festival will be taking its festivities online this year. Expect to recreate your winter wonderland indoors this year! Information on programming will be released soon!

Hamilton Winterfest

Jan 29 -15
Various locations, Hamilton (GTA)

featuredevent2january122021.jpgThis year, Hamilton’s Winterfest goes mobile. Check out over 11 parks for performances where it’s safe, illusions, projection art and more!

Bon Soo Festival

Jan 29-Feb15
Sault Ste Marie (Northern Ontario)

featuredevent3january122021.jpgThe Bon Soo festival, which consists of many fun winter activities and games from a colouring wall to Olympic style games will be continuing this year. Stay tuned to their website for more details!

Featured  attraction: Toronto Skating Rinks

featuredjanuary1220221.jpgSkating looks a little different this year but with a little advanced planning, you’ll be able to get out onto the rinks for free leisure skating at 54 city-run outdoor ice rinks. Our favourites include including Nathan Phillips Square which is a well it and lively rink.  Snap a selfie against the iconic Toronto sign! The Bentway is a unique location underneath the Gardiner Expressway with a winding skate trail. Make skating an exploration at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. Known as the city’s first ice skating trail, shaped as a figure eight, this is a great way to get in outdoor adventure and practice your gliding skills! There will be room for a maximum of 25 participants at a time on the rinks so make sure to reserve a spot online and check online to confirm that the rink is open. A small number of spots will be open to those who don’t have reservations. Each time slot will run for 45 minutes and of course masks are mandatory while waiting in line and encouraged on and off the ice. Indoor washrooms are open around the rinks during scheduled open hours. While indoors washrooms will be open around rinks, change rooms will be closed, so skaters need to come dressed to skate.



onlyinontjanuary122021.jpgPetroglyphs Provincial Park
Did you know that Petroglyphs Provincial Park has the largest known concentration of ancient First Nations rock carvings in Canada? Located near Peterborough, view more than 900 petroglyphs of animals, humans, and other images carved into a marble rock face, also known as “the Teaching Rocks.” Fabulous for wildlife viewing, don’t miss the McGinnis Lake (especially to see its bright blue and green colours in the summer). It is one of the few meromictic lakes in Canada, meaning that its layers of water don’t intermix. This site is truly a mix of nature and learning!

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