Ontario’s winter resorts, snow parks, ski hills and playgrounds offer a flurry of ways to get out, be active and experience the magic of this season.
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Wax your boards, tune your skis, lace up your boots, and test your tricks in half pipes. Pristine winter conditions provide the perfect playground for beginner and experienced skiers and boarders at Hockley Valley Resort, Calabogie Peaks Resort, Kamiskotia Snow Resort in Timmins, Glen Eden on the Niagara Escarpment, Mount Pakenham, Searchmont Resort, Blue Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area in Muskoka, Brimacombe north of Bowmanville and Snow Valley to name a few. Most ski clubs and resorts will have gear rentals available, as well as instructors on hand to get you started. Discover them all.
Looking for all-thrill, no-skill winter excitement? Try snow tubing! It’s becoming a winter favourite in Ontario. Horseshoe Resort in Barrie boasts Ontario's longest hill with five big chutes. Kitchener's Chicopee Tube Park features non-stop tubing action on its multi-lane hill. Or tube from dusk to dawn at Loch Lomond Ski Area in Thunder Bay. The three tube runs reach ten stories high at Boler Mountain in London. Discover more great snow tub runs.
There’s nothing more Canadian than lacing up to skate across a frozen pond, rink or skate trail. Get the gang out on one of Ontario’s skate trails or rinks and enjoy this quintessential winter pastime.
Sprinkle a bit of magic to your outing and skate under the stars, many of the trails are lit up by tiki torch or festive lights at night. Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene offers a 2 kilometre skate trail along the Georgian Bay shoreline this season. Enjoy the extraordinary views from the 1.1 kilometre Woodview Mountaintop Skating Trail at Blue Mountain or the 1.2 kilometre loop around acres of cranberries, lit up by 400 tiki torches at Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery.
Skate the 1.5 kilometre trail through wooded countryside lit up with tiki torches at Fern Resort near Orillia or the 1.3 kilometre trail through the Arrowhead Provincial Park forest (this one gets busy and reaches capacity early on the weekends). MacGregor Point Ice Trail is a 400 metre loop in Port Elgin, while the skating trail at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works is located within one of the old brick factory buildings, under an open-air roof of exposed beams. Glide along the Trent Severn Waterway on the canal below the Peterborough Lift Lock.
Storybook Gardens in London offers a beautiful outdoor 250 metre skating trail that winds its way through the trees in the front half of the park. After your skate, visit with the farm animals, then enjoy hot chocolate and a snack from the concession. Memorial Park Winter Village in downtown Bracebridge features an ice skating rink that wraps around the park and carves in and out of Bracebridge landmarks. Toronto's first ice trail, Colonel Samuel Smith Skating Trail, is a figure-eight shape, 250 metre rink in Etobicoke. You can practically skate from the steps of your lakeside cabin at Cedar Grove Lodge.
Enjoy the urban outdoors. Spend an afternoon skating the world’s largest rink, Ottawa’s Rideau Canal or in the shadow of City Hall at Toronto’s Nathan Phillip’s Square. Celebrate the magic of music during Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Nights.
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