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december 15, 2016

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Outdoor Fun for the Holidays

It is almost officially winter and there are loads of things to do when the weather gets cold. Whether you are planning a “staycation” over the holiday season or just looking for things to do on winter weekends, we have some great ideas. Whatever you choose, SFG wishes you the best for a happy and healthy holiday season!

Sleigh Rides

article1_dec15_2016.jpgThere is nothing like gliding along the snow on a sleigh, especially when you are wrapped up in a cozy blanket. If you get sun glinting off the snow and hot chocolate after, it can be a pretty perfect winter experience. It is a great idea for a special occasion (birthday, anniversary or engagement) or just a winter outing. Here are a few places to have a sleigh ride in Ontario:  St Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours  (Waterloo), Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm in Niagara Falls and Wagonwheel Ranch (20 min N of Sudbury).


article2_dec15_2016.jpgWe’re not looking forward to cold weather and snow but this is Ontario, so we have to embrace it. How about going skating?  Ontario’s Rideau Canal is the world’s largest outdoor skating rink at 7.8km. Another really cool thing to do is visit Ontario’s longest outdoor man made skating rink. Arrowhead Provincial Park’s Ice Trail is a 1.3 km ice trail through the park. Or in Brampton, visit Gage Park Skating Trail for a nighttime skate under the colourful lights. Your local skating rink, indoor or outdoor, also works. Bring your skates or rent them, and, oh, yeah…there’s hot chocolate involved in this one too!


article3_dec15_2016.jpgTubing is really fun for all ages, but unlike the winter activities above, it moves just a bit faster! There are lots of places to tube – share a tube or go solo – and expect some speed! Barrie –  Snow Valley Ski Resort, Horseshoe Resort,  Brampton – Mount Chinguacousy, Milton – Glen Eden, Uxbridge – Ski Lakeridge, Ottawa: Pakenham – Mount Pakenham , Kitchener – Chicopee Tube Park, London – Boler Mountain, Thunder Bay – Loch Lomond Ski Area, and Timmins – Kamiskotia Snow Resort (tallest in Ontario – 12 stories high!). Note: Before you go, we suggest that you call or check online to ensure the Tube Park you want to visit has opened for the season as Ontario snowfalls vary place to place and a base is required for operation.

Guided winter tours

article4_dec15_2016.jpgWhen it is snowy out, there are ways of getting around and seeing things that just aren’t available in the heat of summer. How about a guided snowmobile tour with Ride on Rentals or go mushing with a guided dogsled day trip? If you like to move a bit more slowly and gets some exercise with your tour, perhaps you should give a guided snowshoe eco tour a try. Your guide will take you on a trail that is not open to the public, show you the den of a porcupine and, like the other fun options above, hot chocolate is the treat at the end!


Featured Events

Alight at Night Festival at Upper Canada Village

featuredevents1_dec15_2016.jpgYou’ll be completed awed by the one million lights that drape the heritage buildings, trees and fences of Upper Canada Village and create a beautiful, enchanting atmosphere. There are also horse-drawn wagon rides, caroling, dining, shopping and, of course, Santa visits.

December 1 to December 23, 2016
Morrisburg (Eastern Ont)

Toronto Christmas Market

featuredevents2_dec15_2016.jpgChristmas is in the air at the Distillery District. Stroll through the festive, pedestrian only street filled with lights, decorations, local vendors, crafts, musical performers, shopping, beer gardens and more. Inspired by European style Christmas Markets, it has become a favourite Toronto outing! Free Tues-Fri. $5 on weekends.

Nov 20-Dec 20, 2016
Distillery District, Toronto

Flight of White at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

featuredevents3_dec15_2016.jpgThey call it a “Snowfall of Butterflies” and it’s truly amazing. You’ll see 1000s of Rice Paper butterflies flying freely and sometimes even landing gently on you! This type of butterfly has a large wingspan and floats beautifully through the air from flower to flower.

December 1, 2016 - January 29, 2017
Cambridge (SW Ont.)

Featured winter getaways

featuredplace_dec152016.jpgWhy not book a few days at a resort with winter fun on-site or nearby?  Blue Water Acres offers on site activities like skating, tubing, tobogganing, ice fishing and snowshoeing. Couples Resort in Algonquin Park is the perfect place to reignite your romance. They offer horseback riding, dogsledding, skating, fine dining and more. And Ahmic Lake Resort has snowshoeing, sleigh rides, snowmobiles and more. Enjoy the fresh, crisp air in our beautiful white Ontario wonderland.



onlyinont_dec152016.jpgOntario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights started in 1983 and is Canada’s largest illumination festival and one of the biggest in North America. With more than 3 million lights along a 5+km route, this festival turns Niagara Falls into a winter wonderland!  On now until Jan 31, 2017.

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