Forget about joining the bears and hibernating this winter! Grab your toques, don your boots, and suit up for the best winter activities in the Central Counties of Ontario! Across York, Durham, and Headwaters you’ll find a snowplow full of adventures for kids and those with a child’s heart still pounding within!
There’s snowplace like The Roc in Georgina! This year-round playground offers a full list of outdoor activities! Along with snow school, where you can participate in ski and snowboard lessons, The Roc also has an epic snow tubing hill!
Snow tubing is fun for the whole family! Grab your tube, step on up to the conveyor and get ready for a winning winter ride!
If you need to warm up between hill runs then visit their outdoor firepit or pop into their cozy Chalet that’s fit with its own large fireplace!
Nestled in the heart of Bruce’s Mill Conservation Park is one of York Region’s gems, Treetop Trekking Stouffville. This outdoor adventure park is the ideal getaway in the GTA for young kids!
In the winter their Treewalk Village adventure park is transformed into a magical playground! Your little elves will burst with excitement as they explore the treehouse villages. Travelling between treehouses they’ll channel their inner Santa as they prance along the wooden bridges and walkways in the sky!
If you’re looking for a winning winter adventure for your kids, Treetop Trekking Stouffville is the place to go!
Connecting with Furry Friends
Everyone knows the power of connecting with animals! Science shows that interacting with animals helps reduce stress and increases good hormones. So, this winter check out one of the many places in Central Counties where you can connect with furry friends.
In the Trail Capital of Canada, you can enjoy horse back riding this winter at Pathways on Pleasure Valley. This hidden gem in Uxbridge is home to over 200 acres and becomes a true winter wonderland when the snow falls!
Saddle up for a blissful winter activity that’s perfect for kids and adults alike! Saunter along some of the region’s most picturesque trails and be transported into a blissful snow globe lined with towering frosty white trees.
For more fluffy adventures visit Forget-Me-Not-Alpacas! This jewel of a farm in Durham Region offers year-round tours. This winter you can book prearranged individual tours where you can get up close with their adorable alpacas!
During your personalized tour you can help halter train their baby alpacas, which includes a lot of hands-on cuddle time! Plus, on Family Day you can book a fun family farm tour!
Skiing & Snowboarding
Get ready for an adrenaline rush this winter at one of the many ski resorts across York, Durham and Headwaters! Whether you’re a beginner or looking to test your skills, there’s a hill near you!
At Brimacombe in Orono, visitors will find over 20 runs and trails as well as two terrain parks. Plus, 11 of their runs are set up for the incredible experience of night skiing!
Brimacombe is great for all skill levels! They have everything from beginner to black diamond. In addition, for those looking to try skiing for the first time or sharper their abilities, the ski resort also offers lessons that are perfect for everyone over of the age of six!
Hit the slopes along the Niagara Escarpment at Hockley Valley Resort in Mono! This four-season resort comes alive in the winter as snow blankets their 12 hectares of terrain. The resort is home to 16 picturesque ski and snowboard runs, with hills to suit everyone’s comfort level.
Hockley Valley Resort is a dreamy winter escape and perfect for families, couples, or as a weekend getaway with friends! After you’ve burned off some calories on the hills, visit one of several dining options to refuel. Or, hit the refresh button at their 8,000 square foot spa!
One of the best family-friendly ski resorts in Durham Region is the Dagmar Ski Resort! Also boasting as one of the largest in the region, with four terrain parks and 18 runs, Dagmar has something for everyone in the family!
Located in Uxbridge, Dagmar’s runs have fun names like Dog Pound and Lovers Lane! Plus, kids will love riding the two magic carpets! You can easily spend the whole day here. After riding the slopes, you can warm up in their lodge with some tasty food as you take in the epic views of the hills!
For families looking for a great place where their kids can comfortably learn to ski, head to Uplands Golf & Ski Club in Thornhill. With a perfect location just north of Toronto, Uplands offers ski hills that are ideal for beginners, especially children just starting out!
Uplands Golf & Ski Club has lessons to fit everyone from beginner to advanced. With slopes averaging 1000 feet in length and some with a vertical drop of 100 feet, the entire household will have a roaring good time as they thunder down the slopes!
Another thrilling place to go this winter with kids in Ontario is Lakeridge Ski Resort. The resort is located within the stunning Oak Ridges Moraine in Uxbridge.
Spread over 70 acres, Lakeridge has 23 runs, three snowboard terrain parks, and snow tubing. Plus, your kids will feel confident to tackle the slopes after a lesson from one of their certified pros! Families with young children will win all the sweet mint brownie points with a trip to the resort this winter!
It’s close to Toronto for those looking for a fun winter day trip, plus it has accommodation for others who are venturing from further afield.
Just south of Creemore, in the village of Mansfield, is one of Ontario’s best private ski clubs. Mansfield Ski Club is a member only ski resort set in the scenic hills of Dufferin County. The club has 17 runs and three freestyle terrain parks.
Mansfield Ski Club offers a welcoming environment for individuals and families ranging from world-class skiers to beginners. They run a long list of events, workshops, and even yoga classes.
The best part is there are virtually no lines for the lifts, letting you and your family maximize your time on the slopes!
So, get ready, pack your bags, and load the family into the car and enjoy a wickedly fun winter adventure in Ontario’s Central Counties!
By Stephanie Mayo from The World As I See It