Winter Sampler

Our snow-covered landscapes offer some of the best cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice climbing around.

Explore thousands of acres of unspoiled wilderness with just the calming sound of snow crunching beneath your feet. Pack a picnic and hit your stride in hundreds of snow-laden parks or conservation areas.

Whether you're a novice or an expert, there are hundreds of places for you to climb above it all in Ontario. From Thunder Bay and Red Rock to Marathon and Orient Bay on Lake Nipigon, this is the ultimate ice-climbing country, where dozens of ice-clad routes reach heights of over 90 metres (300 feet) and the waterfalls freeze so thick that the ice can stay until early Spring.

Ontario lodges and resorts also offer unique opportunities to combine an exploration of wilderness trails with other winter activities.

Ski poles resting against the side of a cottage in winter.


Ontario offers a great variety of accommodations for your winter sampler, from cosy cottage rentals to remote wilderness lodges to secluded romantic resorts.

Man ice-skating.


Whether you are a downhill skier, a snowboarder, a cross-country enthusiast or a snow tuber, check here for all the information you need to enjoy your favourite winter activity.

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