As February slowly comes to an end and the excitement of the holidays is long passed, waiting out this final stretch of winter can be daunting. Rather than sleeping it off in hopes that you’ll wakeup in May, try taking a few trips outside of Toronto to appreciate what Ontario has to offer.
Here is a list of weekend getaways that will warm you up in -30 degree weather.
Hit the slopes at Hockley Valley Resort
Although the weather has been a little unpredictable, catch a few runs before winter ends at Hockley Valley. Located in Mono, Ontario, the drive is about less than two hours North of Toronto, providing a quick and easy weekend getaway for those who don’t want to go quite as far as Blue Mountain. Beautiful both at night and during the day, Hockley also offers shopping, great food, and a spa for those looking to stay indoors.
Pamper yourself at the Scandinave Spa
The Scandinave Spa in Blue Mountain provides a perfect getaway for those who are looking to escape but aren’t necessarily interested in hitting the slopes. With saunas, steam rooms, hot baths, and registered massages, the Scandinave Spa offers an authentic Scandinavian Baths experience while also allowing its guests to enjoy the outdoors year-round. With day getaway packages available at as low as $75, there’s something here for everyone.
Take a snowmobiling lesson at Deerhurst
Nestled close to Huntsville and Algonquin Park, Deerhurst Resort is a winter wonderland. This resort offers a variety of winter activities, from dogsledding, ice-skating and sleigh rides, to cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. For those who want to avoid the cold weather, the resort’s beautiful hotel style rooms are enough to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a good book.
Chill by the fire at Cedar Grove Lodge
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If you’re looking for a good, old-fashioned Canadian winter getaway, get a group of friends together and rent a log cabin at Cedar Grove Lodge. Winter attractions include a variety of cross-country ski trails, ice-skating on the lake, snowshoeing, and snow tubing. For those on a low budget, skis, snowshoes, skates, toboggans, and hockey sticks are also available at the lodge for free. These lakeside cabins and wood burning fireplaces are enough to make anyone appreciate the winter.
Skating at Arrowhead Provincial Park
For a fun ice skating adventure at about half the time it would take to drive to the Rideau Canal, the Arrowhead Provincial Park ice skating trail is a Canadian treasure that lies in Muskoka. With options to stay anywhere in Muskoka, Huntsville, or Algonquin Park (perhaps an Airbnb cabin) this Arrowhead trail is a perfect option for those looking for a relaxing weekend getaway. Word on the street is that the ice trail typically stays open until mid-March, so get out there soon if you want to try it this season!
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