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Take your Valentine skating around a harbour or through a magical forest

One of the most romantic outdoor pursuits that can be enjoyed for Valentine’s Day is skating along a beautiful trail mitten-in-mitten followed by a nice warm-up with warm beverages and an open fire. You’ve seen the movies, it’s a thing.

There are many options from which to choose near Toronto, including a recently-opened one at Friday Harbour, an upscale resort on Lake Simcoe about an hour north of the city.

Visitors can skate around the frozen waters of Lake Simcoe and the marina at Friday Harbour with the opening of the Skate Escape.

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Visitors skating on stunning Lake Simcoe at Friday Harbour. (CNW Group/Friday Harbour Resort)

Providing a pretty iconic Canadian Experience, the upscale resort has opened up for this new “elevated” experience.

Adding the day-trip experience, there is a full range of activities available for couples and families including “charming chalet-style cabins offer a curated selection of treats and handcrafted beverages, and the Après Skate Lounge provides a cozy atmosphere to gather after a day on the ice.” There are also seven kilometres of nature trails to explore with seasonal equipment rentals available.

Here are four more options for a romantic skate in nature:

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Cranberry Trail skating at the Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery

Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery: This iconic, Instagram hotspot is located outside the town of Bala in beautiful Muskoka. You think this particularly Toronto-centric cottage country is pretty in the summer? It is drop-dead gorgeous in a coat of the fluffy white stuff. The skating trail winds through the cranberry fields surrounded by forest. Oh, and there’s a winery. Kinda perfect.

Arrowhead Provincial Park: One of the first spots that really created a special skating trail experience is this provincial park near Huntsville. Think a long winding trail through a forest lit by tiki torches. Oh-la-la. It’s a bit further north, but it’s worth the trek.

Cootes Paradise Marsh: What makes this gem so special is the sheer size of it. Cootes Paradise is a massive wetland at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton. And it’s a migratory bird stomping grounds. So, there is just a lot of nature happening and plenty of room to find a quiet spot on the ice for a snuggle. Aww. How romantic.

Woodview Mountaintop Skating: Located on the top of the Blue Mountain ski hill, this 1.1-km trail winds through pine forests atop the Niagara Escarpment. And just minutes from plenty of delish restaurants at Blue’s resort village or nearby Collingwood for a romantic dinner following the skate.

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