Winter Wonderland

Embrace the chilly air and explore our snowy trails, frozen lakes and icy landscapes by snow-shoe, cross country ski or skates. Remember to bring your camera to capture the true beauty of winter.

See Winter Wonderland in Style Road Trip

York

Escape to Georgina to experience a true Canadian winter wonderland.

Start your weekend on a high note with an exhilarating snow tube slide down the hills at the Georgina ROC. Then take a brisk stroll down Sutton’s charming High Street and stop in at Cori’s Café for a rich hot chocolate and freshly baked treat.

Try Ice Fishing!

Casey ‘s Fish Huts
705-437-1560

D & W Sons Bait and Tackle
905-722-3535

Dave’s Fish Hut Rentals
905-722-3372

Hank Heyink Fish Huts
905-722-3718

Ice Fishing Outfitters
905-715-9718

Jason’s Fish Huts
905-955-1104

Paul’s Ice Fishing Huts
705-437-4066

Pefferlaw Fish Huts
705-437-1890

Snake Island Fish Huts
905-955-0027

Steve’s Fish Huts
1-888-525-FISH

Check in to The Briars Resort and Spa where you can take a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the picturesque grounds or go ice skating on the pond. Get cozy by the bonfire or settle in for a long winter’s nap in front of the fireplace in your living room.

Couple at Briar's Resort in the winter

Day two begins with an unforgettable ice fishing experience with First Nations Cultural Tours on the southern shores of Lake Simcoe. You’ll have everything you need for ice fishing, including a heated four-person fishing hut stocked with bait and tackle. During your visit, you’ll learn about Lake Simcoe and how it supports traditional ways of life.

Finish your day with a tantalizing First Nations-inspired meal at Mnookmi, a new restaurant owned and operated by the Chippewas of Georgina Island.

Snowshoeing on a Lake

Durham

A little snow never stops a winter adventurer from taking advantage of Canada’s most famous season!

Your seasonal adventure begins at Floyd Hales Fish Huts in Beaverton. For over 45 years, they have been providing a safe and comfortable winter fishing experience on the world famous Lake Simcoe. You’ll travel by Bombardier bus to one of 40 modern fish huts. These huts hold 4 to 6 guests and are well-equipped for comfort – not that you’ll be spending much time inside. With abundant winter sport fish like Lake Trout, Whitefish and Perch, you’ll want to make the most of your time on the lake.

Ice Fishing

After a day spent fishing in the great outdoors, you’ll find everything you need to get warm at the Executive Residence suite at Grant House Bed & Breakfast. After a soak in the Jacuzzi, we suggest camping out in front of the fireplace to rest up for another busy day.

If archery is your mark, check out Easthill Outdoors in Newcastle. The outdoor sports outfitter offers indoor archery lanes, as well as private and semi-private lessons. All equipment is provided for lessons, or you can bring your own.

Next, drive east to connect with a network of pristine snowmobile trails that are maintained by the Ganaraska Snowmobile Club. This extensive network of trails provides some of the best snowmobiling in southern Ontario. Trail infrastructure and signage are up-to-date, and accurate maps with QR codes help you navigate by smart device. Check the snowmobile club’s website for trail permit regulations for day use and local permit pick up points.

In downtown Oshawa, the Canadian Automotive Museum tells a compelling story of the region’s main industry. Housed in a former car dealership that’s nearly 100 years old, the museum boasts the world’s most significant collection of Canadian cars. On the main floor, you’ll find a collection of European vehicles, and the second floor describes the history of automotive manufacturing in Canada. A gift shop and reference library are on-site to complement the vehicles. If you’re hungry after touring the museum, consult the “Let’s Eat” guide to downtown Oshawa’s best restaurants and cafés and walk to your lunch destination!

Let's Eat - Oshawa

Headwaters

On the trail and in the towns, you’ll find there’s lots to discover in Headwaters’ winter wonderland!

Nestled among the hills of Headwaters is the Terra Cotta Conservation Area. Escape to the snowy trails for an afternoon of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing along six kilometres of pristine trails. Bring your own gear or rent skis or snowshoes from the Visitor Centre on-site. After a day on the trials, take a short drive to Alton and warm up with the casual fine dining of Ray’s 3rd Generation Bistro. After lunch, lace up your skates for a true Canadian outdoor experience – pond skating. Your destination? Alton Pond, located outside the historic Alton Mill Arts Centre.

Pond at Alton Mill in the winter

Check-in to the gracious Devonshire Guest House & Spa in the Town of Erin. This beautifully restored Victorian home is just a two-minute walk from the quaint shops of downtown Erin. After exploring this picturesque rural community, stop at Bistro Riviere. Choose from the hearty dinner menu, offering upscale comfort food, like Pork Belly Mac & Cheese and Bistro Curry.

Get out there and enjoy another wintery day in Headwaters! Hike the trails around the historic town, including the Elora Cataract Trailway. Next, enjoy a historic town walk, strolling along Main Street, browsing the shops, and treating your taste buds with stops at Tintagel’s Tea Room & More and the Tin Roof Café.

Tintagel Tea Room

Detours Worth Taking

Credit Valley Explorer Tour Train
49 Townline, Orangeville, ON L9W 1T6
1-888-346-0046
www.creditvalleyexplorer.com

Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery
149 High St., Sutton, ON L0E 1R0
905-722-9587
www.gacag.com

Jungle Cat World
3667 Concession Rd 6, Orono, ON L0B 1M0
905-983-5016
www.junglecatworld.com

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