With the temperatures seeming more consistently low, and snow flying a little more frequently, it’s safe to say that winter is sticking around a little while longer. According to Ontario’s weather forecasting groundhog, Wiarton Willie, spring should be coming early, but we’ve yet to see any evidence of this prediction. But we’re not complaining! The more winter, the more winter activities to fit into your calendar before the season is over. If you’re getting cabin fever staying in Brampton, why not take a day trip? There are lots of places to explore! Here are some ideas for places you can go for the day to get a change of scenery.
Spa Day at Blue Mountain
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Not too far north you’ll find Blue Mountain. A popular ski slope in Collingwood, that also happens to be surrounded by a charming village, and boasts a top-notch Scandinavian spa! Enjoy a steam in the baths after a long day of skiing, or treat yourself to a full day of pampering at the Scandinave Spa.
Head to Algonquin Park
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Wake up early and head north to one of Ontario’s most beautiful Provincial Parks for the day! Algonquin is stunning year round and has lots to offer in terms of winter fun. The Park grooms 85km of trails that are perfect for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing! Pack a picnic lunch, and grab your gear at Algonquin Outfitters for the perfect winter day.
Visit the Waterfall Capital of the World
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In case you didn’t know, Hamilton also goes by the name ‘The Waterfall Capital of the World’, due to having over 100 waterfalls! In the winter, these natural spectacles freeze, and make for a majestic environment for a day of hiking. Visit Hamilton’s Tiffany or Webster’s Falls for some winter hiking, and enjoy these natural ice sculptures!
Plan a Day at Snow Valley
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Located in Barrie, Snow Valley has been a long-time family favourite. Offering a many different hills that vary in terms of difficulty, so skiers and boarders of all skill levels and ages can enjoy the slopes. If you’re looking for a ‘lazier’ day that’s no less full of fun, grab a tube and get ready for a laugh, or stay warm and relaxed in Snow Valley’s cozy chalet for the day!
Take a Niagara-On-The-Lake Wine Tour
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Wine tours are no longer just a summer excursion! The Wineries of Niagara on the Lake offer incredible winter tours as well. This February they’ll be hosting a ‘Days of Wine and Chocolate’ experience every weekend, that runs from 11am to 5pm at participating wineries. Take a tour of the winery and indulge in a nice glass of Ontario wine, accompanied by a sweet or savoury chocolate treat!