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Created at September 26, 2020

Winter Vacation Ideas with Kids in Canada

While it always seems easier to hibernate in the winter and stick closer to home, there are quite a few destinations well worth exploring that won’t take you too far from the city. Whether you’re in the mood to kick back and relax in a cabin with a hot drink, hit the slopes, skate, sled, or hike, there’s a getaway close to Toronto to suit your winter interests. Here is a list of winter vacation ideas not far from home with kids.
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Blue Mountain Resort
Blue Mountain Resort
4.9
(18)
190 Gord Canning Dr, The Blue Mountains
Rate
Must visit for people who love natural and adventure activities. Countryside place with abundance of greenery and verities of ancient rocks. Spare two day for a place because you need lot of energy to explore this place.
Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara-on-the-Lake
4.9
(14)
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Rate
K
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a full-on tourist town, with horse-drawn carriage rides, souvenir and tourist shops, and a beautiful decked-out main street, always decorated in season.
Bristol Mountain Ski Resort
Bristol Mountain Ski Resort
4.8
(5)
5662 NY-64, Canandaigua
Rate
K
Night skiing is big here, and 96 percent of the hill is lit up every evening until 9pm Sunday to Thursday and 10pm Friday and Saturday.
Mount St. Louis Moonstone
Mount St. Louis Moonstone
4.8
(4)
R.R.4, 24 Mt St Louis Rd W
Rate
K
Mount Louis Moonstone, near Barrie, is just over an hour from Toronto, and Horseshoe Resorts is about 1.5 hours from the city. Both of these are small hills and good options for families.
KB Collection
KB Collection
4.8
(4)
Hamilton, ON
Rate
K
The event runs in February and involves art exhibits, recreational programming, and neighbourhood celebrations. Another reason to visit Hamilton in the winter: frozen waterfalls.
Holiday Valley Resort
Holiday Valley Resort
4.7
(3)
6557 Holiday Valley Rd, Ellicottville
Rate
K
Located just under three hours from Toronto the mountain offers a great selection of trails for skiers and snowboarders, kept white and soft by the most advanced snowmaking equipment, and high-speed lifts to scoot you back to the top.
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
4.7
(3)
2000 NY-392, Cortland
Rate
K
This is a well-run operation, with a good variety of runs, and it has the perfect set up for families looking for a ski weekend getaway from Toronto.
Horseshoe Resort
Horseshoe Resort
4.7
(3)
1101 Horseshoe Valley Rd W, Barrie
Rate
K
Horseshoe Resort in Ontario has undergone some significant improvements in the past few years, including upgraded snowmaking equipment and new luxury accommodations at the base. Horseshoe Resort is a great place to learn how to ski.
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
4.7
(3)
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Rate
K
Niagara Falls is always a fun getaway from Toronto, even in the winter. And some might argue, especially in the winter. As the cold weather and snow roll in, the plummeting temperatures create surreal ice sculptures out of the spray from the falls, turning nearby trees and lampposts into natural, ice-covered art.
Elora
Elora
4.7
(3)
Elora, ON
Rate
K
Known as Ontario’s most beautiful village, the pretty town of Elora offers much in the way of winter activities, plus the chance to browse quaint shops, galleries, and artist studios. Cross-country ski, go for a winter hike in Belwood Lake Conservation Area, go snowshoeing, take a snowmobile ride, or go ice skating.
Swain Resort
Swain Resort
4.7
(3)
2275 Co Rd 24, Swain
Rate
K
This is a classic old-school resort with a great atmosphere, only three hours south of Toronto. This is truly a locals' hill, with many residents buying season passes for the whole family. Skiing here is cheap, from lift tickets and rentals to accommodation. For families looking for an economical ski getaway, Swain can be a good option.
Ontario Park
Ontario Park
4.7
(3)
5325 Ontario Ave, Niagara Falls
Rate
K
winter in a provincial park offers spectacular scenery thanks to snow-covered trees and hiking trails to enjoy.
Deerhurst Resort
Deerhurst Resort
4.7
(3)
1235 Deerhurst Dr, Huntsville
Rate
K
Nights are fun too! Go snowshoeing at night on the new Starlight Snowshoe Trail or check out who’s performing on Live Music Weekends.
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
4.7
(3)
1050 Paignton House Rd, Minett
Rate
A little expensive but great service and cool heated pool in the winter
Sir Sam's Ski / Ride
Sir Sam's Ski / Ride
4.5
(2)
1054 Liswood Rd, Eagle Lake
Rate
K
Located about three hours from Toronto in Ontario's Haliburton Highlands, Sir Sam's Ski Area makes for a fun weekend getaway.
Lakeridge Ski Resort
Lakeridge Ski Resort
4.5
(2)
790 Chalk Lake Rd, Uxbridge
Rate
K
Lakeridge battles it out with Glen Eden for the distinction of being the closest ski hill to Toronto, a mere 60 to 70 kilometers away. This is the perfect day trip destination.
Glen Eden
Glen Eden
4.5
(2)
5234 Kelso Rd, Milton
Rate
K
Located on the Niagara Escarpment and similar in distance from Toronto as Lakeridge, less than an hour away, Glen Eden Ski is the place you see on your left as you make the big climb up the hill on Highway 401 heading west.
Peek'n Peak Resort
Peek'n Peak Resort
4.5
(2)
1405 Old Rd, Clymer
Rate
K
This resort, about a 3.5-hour drive south of Toronto in New York is one that is not well known to many in the Toronto area.
Muskoka District Municipality
Muskoka District Municipality
4.5
(2)
Muskoka District Municipality, ON
Rate
K
Muskoka is where many vacationers come to cottage and unwind from the stresses of life in the big city. Even celebs vacation here.
Stratford
Stratford
4.5
(2)
Stratford, ON
Rate
K
Theater season in Stratford might be over, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put this picturesque town on your winter travel list.
Hockley Valley Resort - Golf, Spa and Ski
Hockley Valley Resort - Golf, Spa and Ski
4.5
(2)
793522 Mono 3rd Line, Mono
Rate
K
good option for some winter fun close to Toronto. Located less than an hour north of the city, Hockley Valley has 14 trails for downhill skiing and snowboarding for all levels, from beginner too advanced.