5 Fun Outdoor Winter Activities

Winter in Ontario can be energizing and invigorating, with the bold white landscapes and blue skies beckoning you outdoors to play. Winter activities can test your balance, endurance and strength, and with the right gear, no day is too cold for some outdoor fun. If you love outdoor adventure and plenty of snow you will never run out of things to do. Take a look at five fun winter activities to enjoy this winter in Ontario.

Chair Lift at Dagmar Ski Resort
Photo by: Dagmar Ski Resort

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and snowboarding locations abound in Ontario. Whether you are new to the slopes or experienced at sliding down the mountainside, there are opportunities for everyone. Uplands Ski Centre in Thornhill is an excellent choice for beginners and families with children. They offer learn to ski or snowboard programs for toddlers up to adult and have slopes with varying degrees of difficulty to test yourself as your skills grow.

People Looking at Ski Tip at Brimacombe Ski Area
Photo by:  Brimacombe Ski Area

Another family-friendly resort is Brimacombe Ski Area in Orono. They feature 22 runs and trails, ranging from beginner to expert, and two terrain parks, including a beginner-oriented progression park and 6-acre main terrain park, known as the Vault. Hockley Valley Resort in Orangeville offers skiers 14 trails for downhill skiing and snowboarding, and an expanded terrain park which includes beginner terrain. The mountain is fully lit for night skiing, and ski and snowboarding lessons are available for all levels of learners.

 

Man Tobogganing Down Hill in Winter

Tobogganing

If you are looking for all day fun with the family this winter, go tobogganing. The essential part of a great sledding day is finding the perfect hill. We have done some research to uncover a few of the top sledding locations. So grab your sleds, fill up a thermos and head out for some fun! Here are a few places to coast:

 

Fat Tire Biking on Trail
Photo by: Albion Hills Conservation Area

Snow (Fat-tire) Biking

A newer entry to wintertime outdoor adventure is snow or fat-tire biking. The bikes feature oversized tires and rims as well as wide forks to accommodate the fat tires that allow for riding on unstable terrains such as snow or sand. You can experience the snowy landscape on a fat-tire bike at Albion Hills Conservation Area in Caledon. The colder the weather, the better your bike experience will be. Make sure you layer up before heading out for a pedal on the conservation area’s 6.5 kilometre Black Trail. Bring your own fat bike or rent one at the Rocky Mountain Chalet for $35 for 2 hours or $50 for the day. Safety helmets are required, and tires must be 3 inches or wider, and tire pressure must be less than 10 psi.

Family Snow Tubing at Ski Lakeridge
Photo by: Ski Lakeridge

Snowtubing

Snowtubing is growing in popularity, likely due to the fun factor, its accessibility and that there is no need for special equipment or lessons. You can fly down sculpted tube runs and laugh (or scream) as you spin and slide down the hill on a cushion of air. You can go solo or team up in a group tube. Ski Lakeridge located in Uxbridge offers snow tubing runs Friday through Sunday. Snowtubing at the ROC in Georgina is available Wednesday through Sunday with four lanes for your tubing pleasure.

Don’t hibernate this winter, get out and take advantage of the snow and enjoy an outdoor adventure skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, snow (fat tire) biking or snowtubing.