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8 Cold weather activities for adventure seekers in Ontario

From snowshoeing in Algonquin Provincial Park to ice climbing in Elora, there's something for every adventurous soul on this list. 

Looking for an exciting winter escape in Ontario with your significant other or group of friends? Look no further!

We have curated a list of eight thrilling attractions that promise adventure and unforgettable experiences. From snowshoeing in Algonquin Provincial Park to ice climbing in Elora, there's something for every adventurous soul on this list. 

And for those who prefer indoor warmth and some much needed R&R, each of these options have a cozy side to them too, including lakeside lodges and fine dining experiences. Here’s how to make the most of the last of winter with this perfect blend of outdoor excitement and indoor comfort.

1. Snowshoeing and Skiing in Algonquin Provincial Park


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Jaw-dropping winter views await you at Algonquin Provincial Park! Spend a day snowshoeing and cross-country skiing through picturesque trails. After a day of outdoor fun, snuggle up in a charming winterized cabin with a crackling fireplace. Romance and adventure blend perfectly in this snowy paradise. 

2. Ice Climbing in Elora 

Ever wondered what it’s like to climb frozen waterfalls? You can find out by spending a day ice climbing in Elora. Go on an expert-led adventure with One Axe Pursuits and later unwind in a lakeside cottage with stunning views, creating the ultimate winter retreat. Whether scaling icy heights or cozying up indoors with a view, Elora offers the perfect mix of excitement and relaxation for adventurous duos.

3. Hiking at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Thunder Bay

Experience winter magic at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Trek through snow-covered trails for breathtaking views while snowshoeing or winter hiking. Afterwards, warm up in a lakeside rental for some well-deserved relaxation. (Bonus points if you score one with a hot tub). In summer, it’s the ultimate camping destination thanks to the beauty of this serene and picturesque Northern Ontario park.

4. Skiing, Snowboarding, and Relaxing at Blue Mountain

Hit the slopes and ride the powder at Blue Mountain with your favourite plus one! Ski, snowboard, and unwind in outdoor hot tubs for the perfect winter adventure. Explore the village for shopping and dining, adding a touch of charm and variety to your getaway. It’s the perfect mix of thrills, relaxation, and fun for couples craving adventure.

5. Dog Sledding in Muskoka

Book the ultimate winter experience and go on a day of dog sledding in Muskoka. Feel the rush as you glide through snowy landscapes with furry majestic creatures leading the way and settle into a chic lakeside cabin afterwards for a romantic evening by the fire. But first, why not dine out somewhere special in town? Here are some fun options for a dog-sledding après. 

6. Hike Dundas Peak in Hamilton


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Road trip to Dundas Peak for awe-inspiring winter views in Hamilton. Head out on a refreshing hike through snow-covered trails and trade in staring at a screen for breathtaking scenery instead. If you’re after something indoors to do instead, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens for their Winter Exhibit Nature’s Superheros on now through April. 

7. The EdgeWalk at the CN Tower, Toronto

Brave the chill with a thrilling EdgeWalk at CN Tower in Toronto! Book now for their season reopening this March Break and experience an adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventure high above the city. Of course, you can’t make a trip to the iconic tower without a special dining experience in the revolving 360 Restaurant, boasting panoramic views of Toronto's skyline and an elevated menu with something for everyone.

8. 1000 Islands Helicopter Tour, Kingston

Take a heli tour over the frozen but breathtaking 1000 Islands in Kingston. It’s a whole new way to take in the winter sights from a bird's eye view with someone special. Make a day of it and also explore historic sites like Fort Henry for a glimpse into the region's past. 

About the Author


Alicia is a journalist and editor in digital and print media specializing in health, nutrition, fitness, and wellness. She was previously the Editorial Director of Clean Eating and Vegetarian Times. Her work has also appeared in Hone Health The Edge, Yoga Journal, Women’s Running, and Oxygen, among others. In addition to being a content creator, she's an ISSA-certified nutritionist, certified personal trainer, and fitness studio owner in Toronto. Alicia loves spreading the word about helpful, science-backed health information, and she can be contacted via her website at