Brrrrrrr-ing it on!

One of the many great things about being Canadian is that every January when we turn the calendar to a fresh new year, we get to choose whether we’re going to be a winter warrior or a winter wimp. This year, instead of hibernating in front of the television, make a choice to celebrate Canada’s big birthday by bundling up and facing winter head on. If time truly does fly when you’re having fun, it will be spring before you know it with these great options for outdoor adventures.

Winter Warrior Trip Idea 1:
Moonlit cross country skiing

Hilton Falls Conservation Area in Milton will help cross country skiers, snowshoers and winter hikers take to the trails under the light of the moon on guided trips on January 13th and February 10th from 6:30 until 9:30 pm. Following the excursion participants can warm up beside a crackling bonfire while sipping hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows. Limited ski equipment is available for rent if you don’t have your own, but reserve early to avoid disappointment. Pre-register by phone at 905.854.0262.

If you can’t make out it for a moonlit experience, other great cross country ski and snowshoeing options in the region include:

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Winter Warrior Trip Idea 2:
Climb a frozen waterfall

Local outfitter, One Axe Pursuits, will gear you up and teach you everything you need to know to hack your way up Ancaster’s frozen Tiffany Falls with an ice axe this winter. Courses are offered on Saturdays and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. Learn more and book online through One Axe Pursuits.


Winter Warrior Trip Idea 3:
Ice fishing

Why save the fun of fishing just for summer? Ice fishing is great way to spend a sunny winter afternoon. Don’t forget that February 18 – 20, 2017 has been designated as an Ontario Family Fishing Weekend, which means you can fish in Ontario on those days without buying a fishing license. Great ice fishing options in the region include:

Winter Warrior Trip Idea 4:
Go winter camping

With the right gear, winter camping can be an incredibly cozy experience. Great options in the area for setting up camp in a snowy site include:


Winter Warrior Trip Idea 5:
Hand feed a chickadee

Fill your pockets with bird seed before you set out to hike the trails at Hilton Falls Conservation Area or trek the woods and wetlands of the Royal Botanical Gardens and you’re bound to make some feathered friends on your trek. The chickadees are so friendly here they will quite often land in an outstretched hand to snack on birdseed! Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment.  

Winter Warrior Trip Idea 6:
Outdoor ice skating

Sharpen up those skates! There’s something extra special about skating on an outdoor rink, and Hamilton Halton Brant has some fabulous choices.

  • Experience Hamilton’s waterfront on ice at the Pier 8 Hamilton Waterfront Outdoor Rink. Warm up with a S’mores Latte or Candy Cane Hot Chocolate at the café overlooking this NHL-sized rink.
  • Harmony Square in downtown Brantford is home to another wonderful outdoor rink that offers free skating from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
  • Burlington’s Discovery Landing overlooks the Rotary Centennial Pond, a 10,000 square-foot year-round water feature that offers free recreational ice-skating on an artificial ice surface. 
  • Terra Cotta Conservation Area offers ice skating on their frozen pond and trail.


Winter Warrior Trip Idea 7:
Hit the slopes close to home

Did you know that in under an hour’s drive from downtown Toronto you can find amazing downhill skiing and snowboarding on the Niagara Escarpment? Milton’s Glen Eden offers downhill ski and snowboard rentals, six lifts, 12 slopes, and three terrain parks. Ski and snowboarding lessons are also available.


Winter Warrior Trip Idea 8:
Find frosty festival fun

Enjoying carnival fun with a side of snow at the region’s fantastic winter festivals is another great way to beat the winter blues. Great options include:

Winterfest_Leisure.jpg*Please note all winter outdoor activities are weather permitting. Please call ahead for availability and hours of operation.

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