One-of-a-kind Ontario winter getaways from hobbit holes to fishing holes

Adventures worth wearing long johns for

As the brittle chill of the colder months sets in, it can be tempting to never leave the comfort of your space heaters. But there’s still plenty to do this winter in Ontario. Whether you’re looking for a family Christmas getaway or just looking to escape the slushy city, get yourself your own winter wonderland.

The Hobbit Hole

That’s right, you can rent out a Hobbit Hole. Located on a working farm near Indian Point and Emily Provincial Park, this hillside residence is a 2.5-hour drive from Toronto. It’s not the most luxurious experience, and you’ll need to BYO everything (including the one ring to rule them all). But it’s a nice warm spot for lovers of the outdoors. A winter Shire experience is something any hobbit can appreciate.

Lake Scugog Ice Fishing

Grab some brews and some buds and get yourself a spot in one of the most popular ice fishing locations in Ontario. Located in Port Perry, Scugog has a very healthy population of perch and crappie that are available to catch through an ice hole in the lake. You’ll need a fishing licence to partake, as per Ontario regulations, but this charming port town in Durham is an easy escape from Toronto.

Golden Lake Cabin

The height of glamping, this lakeside cabin a little over four hours outside of Toronto is a perfect spot for couples looking for a romantic retreat. From the all-wood interior to the kitschy kitchen appliances, this cabin has the perfect esthetic for bundling up with some cocoa by the fire. If you’re keen to explore, ​​the Ottawa Valley has some stunning scenery that’s worth braving the cold to see.

The Torrance Barrens

Getting access to some beautiful skies in Toronto can be tough with all the light pollution. The Torrance Barrens was designed as a Dark Sky Reserve, so you can get a glimpse of those beautiful stars closer to home. It’s two and a half hours away, making it the closest place in southern Ontario to catch a glimpse of those stars just north of Gravenhurst. Be sure to check out the space weather website and the Torrance Barrens clear sky chart so you can get the clearest possible sky.

Niagara Icewine Festival

No one said wine had to stop just because it’s getting colder. Coming back this January, take a trip down to Niagara and follow up on that vineyard experience you missed during the summer. Grab yourself a pass for only $49 and experience the 29 wineries taking part in this wine lover’s winter wonderland. There are also plenty of things to do in the Niagara area in between sips of wine, like the Winter Festival of Lights or even a wintery trip behind the falls. Designate a driver and get to drinkin’!

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