With the cold approaching, it can be so tempting to lock the doors and stay cozy inside all winter. While this is definitely a time for hibernation and nesting, staying inside too much can lead to feeling blue. Despite the cold, getting outside and staying active is important. Fresh air, movement in our bodies, and the embracing of something new are all things great for our mental and physical health, and the best part is that you don’t have to go far Here are 5 fun Ontario winter road trips you can take this season.
Drive to Ottawa to Skate on the Canal
Head up to the nation’s capital this winter! After a visit to the museums and historical buildings, a skate on the Rideau Canal should be next on your list. Ottawa is home to the longest skating rink in the world, and one that truly comes alive in the winter. With lights at night, and throngs of people out and about, the experience is a great way to join in on the season’s festivities. Don’t forget to try some of the famed beaver tails for a hot and sweet treat.
Ski in Collingwood
For many Ontarians, Collingwood means winter. The trek up to this ski town is easy from the city, but once there, feels like you are a world away. Plunge into all that winter has to offer with activities like skiing and snowboarding in Blue Mountain. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are also popular activities in Collingwood. Stay for the weekend at a cozy cottage, and spend your days in the snow and your evenings by the fire. If being outside is more of a leisurely activity for you, then you’ll love a day spent at the famous Scandinavian Spa in Blue Mountain. With thermal baths and a list of spa treatments to choose from, you’ll never want to leave!
Visit Hamilton’s Frozen Waterfalls
Did you know Hamilton is dubbed the “waterfall capital of the world”? While many of us immediately think of Niagara Falls, there are also tons of smaller waterfalls surrounding the area. With less than an hour drive from Toronto, you can spend the day here, camera in tow. Not only are the waterfalls a sight to see in the winter, but during the evening, the waterfalls are illuminated with colourful lights to mark special events and occasions. Tour over 100 waterfalls here, and take in the serenity of the sound of rushing water in a quiet atmosphere.
Attend an Event in Niagara-on-the-Lake
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Ontario, the Niagara region is a winter wonderland you don’t want to miss. Plan your road trip around the Icewine Festival during the month of January, or go in February and attend the Days of Wine and Chocolate. Even if you miss the events, a stay at a cozy B&B, the view of the falls, which are illuminated at night, and a hike through some of local trails are all great ways to spend a weekend in Niagara.
Hike in Algonquin Park
For the true nature lover, Algonquin Park is the best place to be this winter. With an array of activities to choose from, you can really embrace all that winter has to offer here. You can also choose a self-guided tour versus a guide. For first timers, a guide is recommended, as not only will you feel safer, but your experience will be far better and authentic.
Choose to hike the many trails in this provincial park, go dogsledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or tobogganing. If you’re planning on staying a while, the winter campgrounds are fully equipped with RV hookups, yurts that are equipped with heaters, outdoor propane BBQs and fire pit, beds and a dining table. There are also heated comfort stations for toilets, showers and drinking water. Grab a front row seat in this winter wildlife sanctuary, and witness some of Ontario’s most beloved wildlife and scenery.
Above all, just make sure you rent a car that can handle the weather. The Ford Transit Connect is always a good option. Get outside this winter with a road trip to some of Ontario’s best locales. Indulge in the magnificence of winter!