Yes, winter is coming. But before you go into full-blown hibernation mode (nights in with Netflix) take a look at these fun activities that will help kick winter blues in the face. ‘Cause let’s face it, we’re Canadian and we’re not going to escape the cold. So instead, let’s embrace it!
This winter hit the slopes by taking advantage of Blue Mountain’s Double Down pass. For $99 bucks you get hit the slopes twice. This is the perfect deal if you want to escape the city for the weekend. Buy a pass, grab some friends, and let the good times roll. Plus, there are plenty of places you can rent out for the weekend. Check sites like Airbnb or VRBO for property rentals.
DOG SLEDDING IN HALIBURTON
Grab some friends and head up to Haliburton for a day of dogsledding. Places like Winterdance Dogsled Tours and Haliburton Forest offer some pretty epic day adventures. Just imagine: you, some pals, and a pack of siberian huskies exploring the great outdoors. Plus, the bigger your group, the better the deal. So try to get as many people to join you.
Mush! Mush! And book your tour soon because spaces fill up fast.
Head on down to Ottawa for a weekend and enjoy Winterlude (January 29 – February 15). Skate on the Rideau Canal, snap some photos of amazing ice sculptures, or kick-back and listen to some live music while snacking on a beaver tail. (DELISSSH!)
RENT A COTTAGE
Cottage country doesn’t close up shop after labour day weekend. Northern Ontario is pretty amazing in the winter. Play some puck on the frozen lake, or take advantage of the many snowshoeing and snowmobile trails. Plus, it’s also cheaper to rent a cottage since it’s off season. If you’re interested, make sure to take a look at CanadaStays and HomeAway.
CROSS COUNTRY SKI
If you want a good workout (seriously, a really really really good workout) then spend the day cross-country skiing. There are plenty of places in Ontario that rent skis and have some killer (not literally) ski trails. Rent a car with a few buds, and enjoy a Saturday in the snow. Take a look at Horseshoe Resort or Mansfield Outdoor Centre (which is about one hour outside of Toronto) for prices and packages.
Ready to make this a winter to remember? Start by posting your winter getaway or join one of these getaways instead.