It really is a winter wonderland here in South Georgian Bay when it comes to outdoor activities! We need to take it all in & enjoy it while we still can.
Beyond some of the province’s best downhill and cross-country skiing experiences, there are so many other ways to play during the winter months. Literally hundreds of kilometers of snowshoe trails are close by, ranging from such mainstays as Scenic Caves and Highlands Nordic (both of which offer snowshoe rentals and cross-country skiing), to the Bruce Trail, Metcalf Rock, the Loree Forest Loop, the Beaver River Trail and Kolapore Forest; all with varying levels of difficulty.
Relatively flat yet still scenic snowshoe trail options range from Collingwood’s 60 km in-town network to the ever popular 32 km Georgian Trail built on a former railway line, that runs from Collingwood’s Harbourview Park all the way to the waterfront in Meaford. Combine exercise with a bit of après snowshoe wine-tasting, by exploring Georgian Hills Vineyard’s 2 km route. Or let Free Spirit Tours guide you through some of Niagara Escarpment’s uniquely formed caves.
Looking to lace up your skates and enjoy the area’s remarkable fresh air at the same time? In addition to outdoor rinks in Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Clearview Township, you can literally blaze a trail (skating trail that is) at Blue Mountain Resort and the Simcoe County Museum. All local skating trails are weather dependent of course.
Interested in ice fishing? Once the open water turns to ice, Lake Simcoe comes alive with more anglers than it sees all three other seasons combined. With several ice hut operators around Ontario’s 6th largest inland lake it makes it easy for families and others without a lot of ice fishing experience to try their luck in this winter sport. Click HERE for more information. Exercise caution if you plan on ice fishing, whether it’s on Lake Simcoe or Georgian Bay. For ice fishing tips & more, click HERE.