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Top 10 Weekend Escapes in Ontario during Winter

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As December approaches, we are starting to feel the winter blues and a weekend escape is much needed to keep our sanity. And, not all of us can get time off from work to escape to a tropical destination with lots of sunshine. So, I’ve rounded up by top 10 weekend escapes in Ontario only a few hours from Toronto.

Here are my top 10 winter weekend escapes in Ontario.

1.Scandinavian Spa at Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario is only a couple of hours from Toronto and is the perfect place to visit on the weekend. There are tons of winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing and more. For couples or a even a girls weekend getaway, I recommend the baths Scandinavian Spa for ultimate relaxation. 


2. Rent a Yurt

If you are a nature lover, there are plenty of yurts  in Ontario Parks or Airbnb for overnight rentals. If yurts are not your style, then you can try these cabins in the woods.  This the perfect way to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and surround yourself with peace and tranquility. Curl up with a great book, work on those passion projects, go snowshoeing or hiking and let nature do it’s course.

3. Elmwood Spa in Downtown, Toronto

Rejuvinate, Revilatize and Relax at this 4 story spa in Downtown, Toronto for the ultimate city weekend escape. Grab a friend or your significant other and make your weekends merrier with manis & mimosas. Start your weekend with their Water Therapies (swimming pool, whirlpool, steam room) followed by a massage and then lunch. Finish off your weekend with catching a musical, comedy show and a great dinner in some of Toronto’s great restaurants.


4. Niagara Ice Wine Festival

From January 13-29th, 2017 head to Niagara On the Lake to enjoy their famous Ice Wine Festival. And why make it just one weekend? For all the wine  lovers, you can experience the best of Niagara wineries over three weekends with their Discovery Pass program. The Niagara Ice wine Festival Discovery Pass is your key to three weekends of wine and culinary adventures at wineries across Niagara. There is no finer way to experience the bounty of the winter season than travelling the wine route, sipping and savouring the best in local ice wine, table wines and cuisine.

5. Go Dog Sledding 

A must do winter adventure! There are tours ranging from half day-10 days all across Ontario. For a list of companies that offer dog sledding across Ontario click on the like here.  This is one of the best ways to enjoy the Canadian outdoors in my opinion.


6. Try some winter activities at Hockley Valley Resort

The perfect place for a STAYCATION and the perfect family weekend getaway. Hockley Valley Resort offers a wide range of winter acitivities such as: skiing, snowboarding, spa, indoor swimming pool, arts & crafts, hiking, snowshoeing and much more. And from  December 26- January 8th 2017, they are offering special promotions for a one night getaway for the entire family so don’t miss out on some great savings!

7. Check out Winterlude in Ottawa

About 4 hours from Toronto between February 3rd-20th, 2017, head to the capital city to celebrate winter in Canada!  There are so many things to see and do that celebrate Ottawa’s enchanting snow-covered season during Winterlude. Grab your skates or rent a pair when you get there and glide along the world’s largest naturally frozen ice skating rink.  Watch musical performances, see ice sculptures, eat great food, watch the ice dragon boat festival and so much more!


8. Drink away at the Winter Brew Festival in Ottawa or Toronto

OTTAWA: FEB 17-19th 2017

TORONTO: FEB 10-11th 2017

The newest winter tradition!

Calling all lovers of fine beer and fine food! You can sample more than 100 beers crafted by brewers from across Ontario and Quebec. In a warm and festive setting, discover a wide range of local microbreweries and nibble on delicious gourmet food. For those who don’t want to buy tickets, you can sign up to volunteer for the event and get some great freebies!


9. Curl up in a cabin by the fire at Cedar Grove Lodge in Muskoka, Ontario


10. Stay at the JW Marriot in Muskoka

For those looking more for a luxury weekend get away, JW Marriot in Muskoka is the place to go! There is groupon deal on right now for those who are interested in going but don’t want to pay the regular price. Guests can enjoy Muskoka in whatever way suits them best – a swim in the year-round pool; a relaxing massage at the spa; a guided hike under the stars; an exciting snowmobile excursion through the wilderness, or a guided snowshoe trek along the shoreline next to the hotel.

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any recommendations of your own of weekend escapes in Ontario, leave a comment down below.

Happy Holidays from Novice Soul <3


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