Category Archives: Winter Fun in Ontario

Tobogganing … Free family fun!

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One of the funnest activities you can do in the Winter as a family is to go tobogganing. It costs no money, needs very little equipment and it’s hours of fun!  Go to a neighbourhood park or change it up by trying somewhere new.

The key to toboganning is finding a great hill.  Here is a good site www.tobogganhills.com where you can search for hills by location, add your favourite hills, add photos, comment on and rate hills and discuss various different sleds.

Some things to consider when going tobogganing
– Be sure to dress warmly and keep your skin covered as much as possible.
– Depending on hill size it is recommended that children wear helmets
– Pick a hill that it free of trees, away from water and far from roads and parking lots
– Be courteous to other tobogganers and teach your children to walk up the side
– Teach your children to sit properly on their knees or bottom
– Do not overload a sled
– HAVE FUN!

Grab your sled and hit the hills for a fun time with the family!

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Snow Tubing in Ontario

Snow tubing is quickly becoming a favourite activity for families in Ontario The great thing is that everyone can do it! There’s no need for any special equipment, the cost is great and you just need to know how to have fun. Just sit on the tube and hang on for some super fun! Let the squeals of excitement beginnnnnn!

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Check who offers snow tubing fun in Ontario…

Barrie – Snow Valley Ski Resort – Whether it’s a family activity, a gathering of old friends or a company social, snow tubing at Snow Valley creates unique experiences and enjoyable times!  With a snow tube rope tow and lots of chutes with large lanes so you can go down along with your group of friends or your family, Snow Valley is the place for snow tubing.

Barrie – Horseshoe Resort Come out and enjoy winter in our Snow Tubing Park which features five big chutes to fly down and one magic carpet to whisk you back up to the top. Go down by yourself, or grab some friends and go as a group. Stand on the side lines and watch the kids laugh and scream all at once!

Brampton – Mount Chinguacousy – We are very excited to provide you our awesome ski and snowboard programs and tubing excitement. Best of all, our 2 story chalet has that winter feel, with the smell of cedar, a large cozy fireplace to warm up to, a great view of the hill and lots of hot chocolate for those cold winter days.  You won’t want to miss this!

Calabogie – Calabogie Peaks – Whether taking a break from skiing or looking for a fun winter outing, tubing at Calabogie will have you smiling. Hold on tight and blast down Juniper Junction or Black Donald with your friends and family.

Kitchener – Chicopee Tube Park – Bundle up and grab the family to zoom down the hills.   Enjoy the squeals and fun as you spend some super fun family time at Chicopee.

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London – Boler Mountain – Looking for a thrilling winter activity? Our Tube Park boasts 3 tube runs that are 10 stories high, where you can reach speeds of 70 km/hr!

Milton – Glen Eden – Snow Tubing is the easiest way to experience the speed and exhilaration of winter sports. Slide down one of our four chutes on a cushion of air and then relax by the fire to warm your toes. Our Snow Tube Park is a great adventure for the entire family.

Pakenham – Mount Pakenham – This is a walk-up and slide-down exhilarating experience! Tubes are provided and all you have to do is provide the joy! Snow Tubing at Mount Pakenham is a wholesome, fun filled activity and is perfect for family fun!

St. Mary’s – River Valley Winter Tube Slide – Fun outdoor activity for people of all ages (4-94 yrs).  Come on out to River Valley where memories are made, laughter is abundant and families & friends gather on our thrilling slide or cozy up in our warm chalet for hot chocolate and a sweet tubeflake. There is no skill required as a tow will bring you and your tube to the top of the hill. All you have to do is scream (snow and gravity will do the rest).

Thunder Bay – Loch Lomond Ski Area – Grab your family and friends and head to Loch Lomond for an evening of tubing.  Enjoy the speed and fun as you whip down the hill on your tube.  The squeals and laughter from all will have you coming back again and again!

Timmins – Kamiskotia Snow Resort – For the ride of your life…you have to try this slide ride out.  Careening down a slippery slope to slowly come to a stop some 800′ from where you began. This is one ride you need to experience with your friends and family.

Uxbridge – Ski Lakeridge – Snow tubing offers the thrill of speeding downhill with the ease of floating in a pool without the bumps and thumps of toboganning. Suitable for almost all ages, Snow Tubing is a great family or group activity in Lakeridge Resorts dedicated Snow Tubing Park. We provide the tubes and the snow, you provide the fun!

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Ski Ontario Guide

Get on the slopes with your family this Winter and create some amazing memories!!

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Barrie – Horseshoe Resort – Situated in a natural snow belt area and surrounded by miles of beautiful forest, Horseshoe Resort prides itself on great snow making and even better conditions, making us one of the top ski resorts in Ontario. Enjoy the magic of winter with exciting snow tubing, or experience one of our 26 Alpine runs or 35 kilometres of groomed Nordic Trails. Our Ontario ski resort is a place where nature is as real and true as the scent of pine or snow in the wind.            416-283-2988 or 705-835-2790

Barrie – Snow Valley Resorts Limited – Snow Valley Barrie is Ontario’s FAMILY Resort. Celebrate winter with family skiing, snowboarding, tubing & snowshoeing.  705-721-SNOW or 416-366-7669

Barrys Bay – Madawaska Mountain – Mount Madawaska features the 6th highest elevation in the province. We have some of the longest runs, ready for the novice or expert, alike!   613-756-1-SKI

Batawa – Batawa Ski Hill – Three lifts and seven runs with state of the art snow making and grooming.   (613) 398-6568

Bethany – Devil’s Elbow – Meander down the Bunny Hill or accelerate down Satan’s Run. Discover Paradise. It’s just around the corner from Purgatory. With the addition of 2 terrain areas, there is something for everyone! The state of the art snowmaking and grooming equipment ensure the best possible conditions every day of the ski season.   705-277-2012

Brampton – Mount Chinguacousy – We are very excited to provide you our awesome ski and snowboard programs and tubing excitement. Best of all, our 2 story chalet has that winter feel, with the smell of cedar, a large cozy fireplace to warm up to, a great view of the hill and lots of hot chocolate for those cold winter days.  You won’t want to miss this!   905-874-2367

Calabogie – Calabogie Peaks Resort – The ultimate family mountain in Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais Region. Offering the best ski & ride programs, terrain, snowmaking and ski in/out accommodations – ski, ride, skate, tube, snowshoe, cross country ski and more…   613-752-2720 or 1-800-669-4861

Coldwater – Mount St. Louis/Moonstone Ski Resort – The resort is located just north of Barrie in the snow belt region of Ontario offers great ski hills for skiing and snowboarding.  Today, it contains 36 slopes, 9 chairlifts and 3 carpets. The resort is known for being family friendly and prides itself on accommodating the beginner skier to the most advanced skier.   705-835-2112

Collingwood – Blue Mountain – This winter enjoy 36 trails, ranging from beginner to double black diamond, stretching across the scenic Niagara Escarpment, and reaching 720 vertical feet. You’ll maximize your on-snow time with 15 lifts, including four high-speed six-person chairs. And there’s plenty of action after the sun sets, with 22 trails and 10 lifts under the lights.   705-445-0231 or 416-869-3799

Elliot Lake – Mount Dufour – Mt. Dufour is a professionally operated facility with a full service chalet including a fully licensed, fireside lounge, ski and snowboard equipment rentals and lessons provided by certified instructors.   (705) 848-6655

Etobicoke – Centennial Park Snow Centre – Experience winter in the City, featuring ski & snowboard school, snowboard & downhill rentals, limited helmet rentals, hi-tech snowmaking, t-bar, carpet lift, night skiing and snack bar.  Toronto ski & snowboard programs are a great way for the entire family to stay fit and have fun this winter.   416-394-8754

Haliburton – Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike – Get out for a day of family fun on the slopes at Sir Sam’s!  Features include 12 runs, 5 lifts, rental shop, pro shop, terrain park, snow school and CADS program for disabled skiers.  Warm up in the Chalet with some warm eats and drinks. 705-754-2298

Huntsville – Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area – A long-favoured destination for generations of skiers and snowboarders, Hidden Valley has something for everyone. Gentle slopes, challenging runs and a terrain park. Warm up and relax in the newly-renovated chalet. Experience it all, and then repeat. 705-789-1773 or 1-800-398-9555

Keswick – Georgina ROC – 33 metre high man-made hill that features a state of the art chalet, tube, terrain, ski and toboggan activities in winter with fantastic views of the Lake Simcoe country side year round.   905-476-4301

Kitchener – Chicopee Ski Club – 14 trails, 2 terrain parks and 6 lifts are awaiting you at Chicopee Ski Club.   519-894-5610 or 1-877-CHICOPEE

London – Boler Mountain – Come visit Canada’s most southerly alpine ski area.  Lots of runs for all different skiing abilities and some awesome snowboarding terrain   519-657-8822

Milton – Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre – Glen Eden offers a rental shop, skiing, a fully-equipped terrain park for snowboarders, snow tubing and lessons for all ages and skill-levels.   905-878-5011

New Liskeard – Tri Town Ski & Snowboard Village – 14 runs to get your fun on the slopes!   705-672-3888

North Bay – Laurentian Ski Hill – 300 Ft vertical right in North Bay. Terrain Park with lift, moguls, rentals, beginner area, Certified Instructors. Something for everyone!   705-494-7463

North York – Earl Bales Ski & Snowboard Centre – Earl Bales features ski & snowboard school, snowboard & downhill rentals, limited helmet rentals, hi-tech snowmaking, chair lift, rope tow, night skiing, snack bar and fireplace.   416-395-7874

Onaping – Onaping Ski Hill – Onaping Ski Hill is equipped with 12 runs and a t-bar lift for downhill skiing and snowboarding. It is privately owned and is generally open mid-December to mid-March depending on weather conditions. Ski equipment rentals are available.   705-966-3939

Orangeville – Hockley Valley Resort – Whether it’s your first time on skis or a snowboard, or you’re a real enthusiast, we offer 15 scenic runs for all levels, including an upper and lower freestyle terrain park. With our state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities, you can enjoy an even longer season. And whether you’re here for the afternoon or on a romantic escape or a family weekend getaway, a warm and cozy seat awaits in our lounge for a relaxing après-ski.   519-942-0754

Orono – Brimacombe – Rated “The Best in the Snow Business” by the Canadian Ski Council, Brimacombe caters to the traditional skier as well as the snowboarder who wants to jib all day long in one of our terrain parks.  Featuring 21 runs, 2 terrain parks, multiple lifts, equipment rentals, professional instruction and 2 chalets to warm up in.   905-983-5983

Pakenham – Mount Pakenham – Mount Pakenham is Eastern Ontario’s premier family ski, snowboard and tubing area. We have two of the newest lifts in the region and we’re just a short drive from Ottawa   613-624-5290

Sault Ste. Marie – Searchmont Resort – 750 feet of vertical mountain terrain. Long runs, short lift lines, real snow. A place to hang with family & friends.        705-781-2340

Sudbury – Adanac Ski Hill – 240 vertical feet of skiable terrain, beginner hill with carpet lift, terrain park, 2,400 square foot chalet.  Services include skiing and snowboarding lessons, equipment rental, holiday programs and school visits.   705-671-2489

Thamesford – Cobble Hills Golf & Ski Club – 140 vertical ft, 7 runs, quad chair lift, lessons, equipment rentals and a terrain park.  What more do you need this winter for a fun day?   519-461-1720

Thunder Bay – Loch Lomond Ski Area – Loch Lomond offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing. We are 10 minutes from Thunder Bay off of Highway 61 North on the majestic Nor’Wester Mountain Range.   807-475-7787

Timmins – Kamiskotia Snow Resort – Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, tubing, clinics and lessons, or just fun at the resort lodging – Kamiskotia snow resort is the place to be this winter. We offer many services including memberships, group events, and complete rental of skiing and snowboarding equipment.                 705-268-9057

Uxbridge – Lakeridge Ski Resort – Skiing and snowboarding is for every one of all ages! Featuring 23 runs spread over 70 acres, we offer a wide range of trails for skiers and snowboarders, from novice to expert, including mogul runs, 3 dedicated snowboard terrain parks, and separate snow tubing park.   905-649-2058

Uxbridge – Dagmar Resort – Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding and Cross country skiing! 17 Runs, 4 Chairlifts, 2 Magic Carpets, 2 Amazing Terrain Parks, Lessons, Programs, and much more!   905-649-2002

Uxbridge – Skyloft Resort Inc – Skyloft boasts 21 runs and trails, multiple lifts, high end food and beverage service, snow school and rental shop.   905-649-5160

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Get on the Slopes at Sir Sam’s

Look out your window … it’s definitely a Winter wonderland out there!  Winter is the perfect time to get out with the family and share some quality time with one another.  We want to help you create some family memories this Winter with a fantastic giveaway from Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike in Haliburton.  You could win family lift tickets and rentals for a day on the slopes.  It’s easy to enter here http://on.fb.me/RfuwTw

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Check out what this awesome Ski Resort has to offer…

Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike Celebrates 48 years in ski/ snowboard/ snowshoe and mountain bike business. Sir Sam’s is family owned and is known for its great customer service, un-crowded and family friendly atmosphere, great snow conditions and grooming. The resort is located in the Haliburton Highlands at Eagle Lake only two and a half hours from Toronto.

This resort offers 14 runs serviced by 7 lifts including the first of its kind in Canada, covered surface lift. This lift along with a first class snow school enhances the experience of beginner and entry level clientele.

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Sir Sam’s spacious and comfortable chalet offers licensed food service, gourmet coffee hut, deck BBQ’s, complete line of rental equipment and retail shop( provided by Algonquin Outfitters) for both winter and summer activities as well as first class instruction by certified CSIA instructors.

Sir Sam’s offers a host of events and races for both winter and summer enthusiasts. Check out our website at www.sirsams.com for more information or call 705-754-2298.

Cruise it! Carve it! Bike it! Love it!

“If I can’t go to Disney World … “

From the mouth of my 4 year old daughter “If I can’t go to Disney World then i’d like to go to Great Wolf Lodge”.  Of course our kids would love to go to Disney World every day but seeing as our money tree still hasn’t started to grow in the backyard they are always bugging to go to Great Wolf Lodge.

This past weekend we surprised them with a visit to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara and they we ecstatic!  When we pulled into the parking lot the squeals from the backseat were near deafening followed by lots of “thank you Mommy and Daddy”.  This was our 4th visit to the Lodge and every time seems to get better and better and mostly I think it is because they are older and can do more.  We booked a cool Kid Camp room which meant they had their own little area with bunk beds and a tv.  The room was very clean (upon arrival), fully stocked with towels and let me tell you that our bed was SO comfy!

All suited up and off to the watepark we goooooo!  So much to do, where to start?  Wooly Mammoth won as the first trip down the slides.  This has always been a favourite of ours as even the little kids can ride with the family as long as they can sit up on their own.  What I love about GWL’s water park is that there are slides where DD (4 yrs) can ride with a parent so she really isn’t very limited at 42″.  Big slides, smaller slides, lazy river, wave pool, big bucket dumps…we did it all over and over and over.  Apparently this is the time of year to go because we never had to wait in line for more than 5 minutes if at all.

Generally we don’t eat all of our meals at GWL as it can be pricey but they now offer a meal add on at check-in which is $45/adult and $20/child for a breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Really it’s a great deal.  I found the food was tastier this time for some reason and there seemed to be so many more options from burgers and fries to sandwiches and salads so everyone can easily find something they want to eat.

Yes the waterpark is the main attraction at GWL but there is also so much more to do outside of the waterpark.

Kids Club is a fun place for parents to go with their kids for some down time and so your skin can unwrinkle!  They can play with toys, colour, paint and for an additional cost they can paint a pillow case or t-shirt, get a tattoo or participate in the pajama party.

DS loved the arcade… well I think hubby loved it just as much as we didn’t see them  for a while!   Much like a Chuck E Cheese, you can play games to win tickets and in exchange they trade their tickets in for small prizes.  What kid doesn’t love this?

Story time is a must do!  Put the kids in their jammies, grab their favourite stuffie and gather round the Oak tree in the lobby for a show and a couple of very animated Robert Munsch stories.  Best part is at the end when they make the kids promise to go right to sleep once they get back to their rooms and the kids actually agree!!!  Truly by this time they are exhausted from all the waterpark fun so generally they fall asleep within seconds of their heads hitting the pillow.

In the morning the kids are invited to do a wolf walk where they learn about the different animals in the lobby, learn to walk and howl like wolves and get to make a wolf craft.  Again, another fun little add on that the kids really enjoyed.

Next time the kids are excited to participate in Magiquest which is a live action adventure game where the kids have a magic wand in-hand and wander around the lodge looking for enchanted objects, learn from an ancient wizard, battle a goblin and outwit a dragon.

Yes a trip to GWL can become pricey but there are always deals to be had which we will keep you informed about on our FB page

4 million stairs climbed (give or take), bad hair day for 2 days straight and exhausted parents but happy children and great family fun had by all …can’t wait to do it again!!

Kids love to swim year round but unfortunately our Canadian weather does not allow for this in the outdoors year round.  Thankfully there are some options in terms of indoor water parks that fit all different budgets and wants.  Some allow you to visit just for the day but they all offer overnight packages with or without food included.  Here are some links to indoor waterpark fun in Niagara.

Great Wolf Lodge Niagara

Massive, 84-degree indoor water park. Splash the day away in over 100,000 square feet of water-packed excitement, including jaw-dropping slides for thrill seekers or zero-depth entry areas for little ones. Outside the water park, the fun continues. Get an ice cream-themed manicure in Scooops Kid Spa before gathering your family in our Grand Lobby for nightly fireside Story Time, the perfect ending to a Great Wolf day.  They have some packages available on their website

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

3 acres of indoor family fun featuring a mammoth play area, the massive 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, enormous 6 storey high    waterslides, the full-sized wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck,plunge bowl, two oversized adult only Jacuzzis and  achildren’s play area.  You can visit just for the day or choose one of their overnight packages.  The Fallsview Indoor Water park features direct indoor connections to three superior Niagara Falls hotels, the Sheraton on the FallsCrowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview Hotel and the Skyline Inn for your accommodation needs.

Waves Indoor Waterpark

Located at the Americana Resort in Niagara Falls – A 25,000 sq foot indoor waterpark complete with a beach entry wave pool,
tube slides, body slides, kiddy pool interactive play structure, whirlpools, lounge areas and food & bar services.  Here you have the option of paying for day use or staying overnight with one of their all-inclusive packages.

Happy Splashing and enjoy the Family Fun!