When the city is awash with ugly piles of dirty snow, imagine a place where the white stuff stays white, and the magic of winter inspires and delights. This is cottage country in what we think is one of the best times of the year.
Enjoy stunning sunrises and sunsets; hike across frozen lakes; explore pristine woodland on snow shoes, and come home to a cosy cottage at the end of another amazing day.
Have we tempted you yet? How about the activities……?
Ontario isn’t a mecca for downhill skiing but there are still some great spots to spend a day on the slopes. Let’s start with Blue Mountain near Collingwood, Ontario’s only year-round mountain resort and spa. Blue’s 42 trails across 364 acres of skiable terrain will keep most ski enthusiasts happy.
Hidden Valley in Huntsville is where Sochi Olympic medallist Dara Howell began her ski career, so you are in good company if you get on the slopes there.
Haliburton’s ski area is Sir Sam’s and is home to trails and terrain park about 12kms north of the town of Haliburton.
Cross Country Skiing
Nothing beats the peace of a blue-sky winter’s day on a well-groomed cross country trail. Whether you are an experienced skiier or have never tried the sport before, there’s a trail for you. Try Arrowhead Provincial Park if you need to rent your gear, or head to Kawartha Nordic, south of Bancroft for a one-on-one lesson and ski rental.
If you are comfortable with non-groomed trails, you’ll find them in most provincial parks.
When you bring your snowmobile to a cottage and can get straight out on the trails from the door, it’s such a bonus.
Alternatively, if it’s something you’ve never tried before, did you know you can rent one? Skidoo Rentals has outlets in Haliburton and Muskoka – rent for a day or a weekend and have a ton of fun. If you’re able to travel to cottage country mid-week, rates are very reasonable.