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Bundle up, embrace the snow and share in outdoor fun this winter. Enjoy a variety of unique outdoor and indoor events and activities that will take you from our "downhills" to our "downtowns”.

Skate Trails

Visit one of Ontario’s skate trails, and add a twist to a quintessential Canadian winter past time. Enjoy the magic of the season and skate under the stars, with many of the trails lit up by tiki torch or festive lights at night. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene is opening a new 2 kilometre skate trail along the Georgian Bay shoreline this season. Enjoy the extraordinary views from the mountaintop 11 kilometre skating trail, new this year at Blue Mountain or skate through a forest trail lit by tiki torches at Fern Resort.

Skate the 1.5 kilometre trail through wooded countryside at Fern Resort near Orillia or the 1.3 kilometre 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 Brick Works is located within one of the old brick factory buildings, under an open-air roof of exposed beams.

Winter Events

Marvel at an outdoor gallery of ice sculptures during Ottawa’s Winterlude. Meet amazing sled dogs and a friendly mascot during Bon Soo in Sault Ste. Marie. Bundle up for a winter sleigh ride at Bayview Wildwood Resort in Severn Bridge or relax fireside and watch the snow fall.

Skating Rinks

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.

Resorts of Ontario

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

Whether you explore Ontario's north, east, south or west, you'll find enriching winter experiences, inviting accommodations and delightful diversions at every turn of the road.



Resorts of Ontario


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

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