1 . The Couples Resort

Algonquin Park, Ontario

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A romantic winter holiday awaits you at The Couples Resort!

The Couples Resort, an adults-only getaway in Algonquin Park, Ontario, specializes in romantic getaways, and that doesn't stop when the snow falls! Their grounds become a veritable winter wonderland, and their chateaus, villas, chalets, and suites offer you the perfect place to curl up in front of a fireplace or in a jacuzzi tub to stay warm. But don't just settle for watching the winter pass by outside your window; explore the snowy grounds by cross-country skiing or ice skating. For the truly adventurous, you can even go dog sledding! All this and much more awaits you at The Couples Resort.

Address

139 Galeairy Lake Rd, Whitney - Algonquin Park, On, K0J 2M0

Highlights

For a unique and unforgettable experience, go dog sledding! Mush your own team of four huskies on stunning trails with the help of an experienced guide from The Couples Resort.

Related Onsite Offerings

Staying in for the day? Book a spa session from The Couples Resort and enjoy the warmth of your room while indulging in a relaxing massage.

2 . The Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort and Spa

Minett, Ontario

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While we know there’s more than one JW Marriot resort out there, our No. 2 pick boasts that The Rosseau is the first of its kind, and surprisingly, we’d have to agree. No high-rise hotels here; just quaint, American Cape Cod-style architecture that welcomes you warmly to take a load off in Muskoka Lakes.

Overlooking the deep, azure waters of Lake Rosseau, The Rosseau – the first JW Marriott hotel in Ontario – sits atop a 100-ft. granite bluff in the pretty resort community of Red Leaves. Unpretentious through and through, you’d initially think the chandeliered Muskoka Room and the sumptuous Spa Rosseau were meant only for the elite. Sophistication doesn’t always have to come with a hefty price tag, however. The real reason we thought The Rosseau was an ideal candidate for our list of Top 10 Ontario Winter Vacations has less to do with the marble bathrooms, featherbeds and stone fireplaces and more to do with the exhilarating winter pursuits Red Leaves has to offer. Here, you can venture along winding resort pathways by snowshoe, cross-country ski by moonlight or even go on a snowmobile wilderness safari over more than 1,200 miles of meticulously-groomed trails. Ice fishing fan? You’ll like it, too!

Related Onsite Offerings

Barber/beauty shop, gift shop, meeting rooms, business center, dry-cleaning services and concierge desk.

Getting there

From Toronto Pearson International Airport, take the Belfield Expy/HWY-409 E. Take the Collectors/Collectrices Exit toward Black Creek Dr./Weston Rd. Merge onto HWY-401 Collectors E. Take exit 359 to merge onto HWY-400 N. Take the exit onto HWY-400 N toward HWY-69/Parry Sound/Sudbury. Take Exit 189 to merge onto HWY-69 toward Gravenhurst/Mactier. Turn right at DR-169/HWY-169. Turn left at DR-118/HWY-118. Turn left at Peninsula Rd. Turn right at DR-28/Juddhaven Rd. Turn right at Paignton House Rd. The Rosseau will be up ahead.

Address

P.O. Box 31, 1050 Paignton House Road, Minett, Ontario P0B 1G0 Canada

3 . Pine Vista Resort

Lakefield, Ontario

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Cool outdoor adventures and a wealth of warm amenities make Pine Vista Resort the perfect place to spend your winter wonderland. Whether you're on a family vacation or a couple's getaway, this Ontario oasis makes for an unforgettable snowy stay!

Just outside your door awaits a snow-blanketed playground. Coast through 150 acres of wooded nature trails on a cross country skiing expedition or trudge through the pristine wilderness on a pair of snowshoes. Start up a game of hockey on the open-air skating rink on Stoney Lake or enjoy a romantic skate under the stars with your sweetheart. Sleigh bells jingle and jangle as two gorgeous Percheron horses pull you through snow-covered country fields on a scenic sleigh ride. After a day of snowy excursions, head to your spacious townhome and warm up. Thaw out your chilly fingers over the wood-burning fireplace and sip a frothy cup of cocoa. Pop in a DVD and enjoy a movie or soak in the scenery from the private deck. Take a soothing dip in the bubbling whirlpool tub and let the secluded splendor of Ontario wash over you!

Address

932 Gilchrist Bay RD, R.R. #2, Lakefield, Ontario, Canada K0L 2H0

Highlights

The Girls' Getaway package is a two-night stay perfect for bonding with your best friends. An indoor hot tub, six complimentary movie rentals, and more highlight your stay!

Fun facts

Stoney Lake features over 1,100 islands and borders the Canadian Shield, which consists of the oldest rock in the world.

4 . Mountain Springs Resort and Conference Centre

Town of Blue Mountains, Ontario

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Mountain Springs Resort and Conference Centre may be the third choice on our list of Top 10 Ontario Winter Vacations to include a location on Blue Mountain, but can you blame us? Blue Mountain is the biggest, most comprehensive ski resort in Ontario! Now how can you tire of an impressive location and hotel?

That’s what we thought; you can’t. Hence the reason why this four-season Canadian travel destination has crept to the No. 4 spot. Affordable multi-day packages, a family-style setting and corporate offerings make Mountain Springs Resort a must-stay for people traveling for both business and pleasure. And pleasure you’ll surely encounter when you find out that you can strap on your boots and go at this ski-in/ski-out resort. A luxury suite fitted with the finest – a full kitchen, Jacuzzi and private deck – genially welcomes you back from a frosty day on the slopes. And when the jingle bells start ringing, you can look forward to Mountain Springs Resort’s delicious Traditional Christmas Buffet!

Fun facts

Blue Mountain ski patrol is the largest patrol in Ontario and is made up of 200 people who come together to provide first aid and rescue services for the Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

Address

RR#3 Blue Mountain Road Collingwood, Ontario, Canada L9Y 3Z2

Related Onsite Offerings

Bar, lounge, beach, dining room, restaurant, fitness club, hot tub, indoor pool, spa services and live entertainment.

5 . Horseshoe Resort

Barrie, Ontario

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It may seem like Blue Mountain Ski Resort has cornered Ontario skiing, but think again. Horseshoe Resort serves up the best of slush and snow just one hour north of Toronto. With 25 ski runs, 13 lodging packages and pristine powder made better by state-of-the-art snowmaking, there’s no way you could go wrong here!

Situated in the town of Barrie, Horseshoe Resort boasts more than 21 miles of Canada’s best Nordic trails winding through the protected Copeland Forest. You won’t know whether to hop on one of six lifts and make your way up 300 ft. of snow-sprinkled terrain or grab your board and alley oop until your heart’s content in the competition-level half pipe. If you prefer a safer approach to sliding down the slope – say, on your rump – then the Thunder Valley Tube Park will make you smile. Grab an inflatable and zoom down the hill with your snow bunnies by your side, then head indoors for a warm mug of hot chocolate, marshmallowed to the max! And if the cold Canada wind nipped your nose a little too much for your liking, get your rosy face to the onsite spa for a soothing SHE Zen Aromatic Facial.

Fun facts

Silks Fine Dining, Horseshoe Resort’s 75-seat elegant dining room overlooking the picturesque Horseshoe Valley, is renowned for its breathtaking Muskoka sunsets.

Getting there

Horseshoe Resort is just one hour north of Toronto off Highway 400 at Exit 117 East. Turn right onto Horseshoe Valley Road and you're just five minutes away from the resort.

Address

1101 Horseshoe Valley Road - Comp. 10, R.R.#1 Barrie, Ontario, Canada L4M 4Y8

6 . Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls – Fallsview

Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Regardless of if the snow’s falling or the sun’s shining, you’ll just “pour” over Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls – Fallsview, our No. 6 spot. Never frozen, the Maid of the Mist provides a marvelous backdrop on your Ontario getaway – and the surrounding city provides the rest!

Why put Embassy Suites on our list of Ontario winter vacations? Because it’s unfathomably pretty to watch the glistening snowflakes whirl out of the sky and fall delicately into the rumbling waters below, that’s why. Plus, there’s the annual Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls – Canada’s largest lights festival. Lace up your boots, muff your ears and tour Niagara Falls aglow with literally thousands of lighted displays. And think of the views from your luxe hotel suite! You don’t have to come just for the Winter Festival of Lights to see the falls illuminated, though. Throughout each month, certain nights are dedicated to lighting the sky and waters with a rainbow of fireworks and underwater and bankside lights. And with Embassy Suites’ idyllic location right next to the falls, you don’t even have to leave your room to see the show!

Related Onsite Offerings

Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls – Fallsview offers super hotel packages, including the Winter Festival of Lights Tour – complete with a 3D/4D movie of the falls and a savory Starbucks drink to ward off the Canada cold.

Highlights

For an excellent dinner with a stellar view of the cascading waters, try Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls – Fallsview’s The Key Steakhouse and Bar.

Address

6700 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada L2G 3W6

7 . Blue Mountain Lodges

Collingwood, Ontario

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Calling all families – Blue Mountain Lodges is perfect for you! As our No. 7 pick and the No. 1 vacation home provider in the Blue Mountain Collingwood Region, we bet our bottom dollar that you’ll find the best vacation chalet, ski-in/ski-out condo, townhome or lodge for your Ontario family vacation!

Not to say that you twosomes out there are out of luck. You are in for tons of space, multiple rooms and fully-furnished accommodations if you decide to vacation with Blue Mountain Lodges. Is that a bad thing? Of course not! This vacation rental property company features much more than a handful of luxury homes in some of the most delightful spots in Canada. Many no more than minutes from Blue Mountain, you’ll be happy to know that slipping on your skis and sliding down the slope is a convenient and hassle-free adventure you can take part in when staying in one of Blue Mountain Lodges’ accommodations. If luxury sounds good to you, it may be wise to save a little extra cash and splurge on one of three Prestige chalets featuring 4,000 to 7,000 sq. ft. of indulgent amenities, like indoor pools, hot tubs and divine panoramas. You won’t be sorry!

Related Onsite Offerings

Hot tubs, private catering, air conditioning, saunas, fireplaces, fitness centers, ski and golf packages, BBQs and laundry facilities.

Fun facts

Blue Mountain ski resort is the No. 1 destination in Ontario.

Highlights

The Lodges at Blue Mountain will match any competitor's prices for similar accommodations and beat their price by five percent.

8 . The Hazelton Hotel

Toronto, Ontario

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With a name like Top 10 Ontario Winter Vacations, you’d probably assume that you’d be reading about skiing, snowboarding and other powdery pursuits. And you have, for the most part. Now, let’s turn to the great indoors, where crackling fires beckon weary winter travelers inside to be pampered like no other at our No. 8 hotel.

The Hazelton Hotel makes the outdoors jealous, to say the least. How could those blustery Canada gusts compare to the soothing warmth of the imported Bissaza mosaic tile lap pool waters, after all? As Toronto’s most exclusive five-star hotel, this Yorkville gem has often been the Canadian destination for celebrated celebrities, as well as society’s upper crust. And it’s no wonder, with scintillating interiors designed by internationally-renowned Yabu Pushelberg, the world class ONE restaurant by Mark McEwan and the luxurious, Hollywood-standard screening room – complete with mohair-lined walls and custom seating for 26 people. But it gets better – and fancier! Like we mentioned before, if you’re looking for a ski-lodge type place to dry your socks at night and to leave when you hit the slopes by day, then you’re looking at the wrong hotel. Wintertime in Toronto never looked as good than from behind your oversized window, under the plush covers of your 1940s Tinseltown-inspired suite.

Fun facts

Conde Nast Traveler named Hazelton Hotel as one of the “most stylish, most innovative and most luxurious” hotels in Toronto.

Address

118 Yorkville Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Getting there

From Lester B. Pearson Intl. Airport - Gardiner Expy. Route. Take Hwy. 427 South. Take Gardiner Expy. eastbound into Toronto. Exit onto Yonge/Bay/York Sts. and follow the signs for Bay St. Turn left onto Bay St. and travel north. Continue on Bay St. passing Bloor St. Turn left onto Yorkville Ave. and travel westbound. The Hazelton Hotel will be up ahead at 118 Yorkville Ave.

9 . Nottawasaga Inn Resort

Alliston, Ontario

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We bet you’ve never been to a resort that has its own NHL-sized professional quality ice rink. And we really doubt you’ve stayed at a place with two of ‘em. Well, the time has come, friends. Nottawasaga Inn Resort not only has two rinks, but also a 70,000-sq.-ft. Sports and Leisure Dome. Now how’s that for vacationing?

Gone are the days of trudging through the snow, finding a frozen pond or lake to clear a space to skate on then hoping like heck that you don’t fall through. While it may be exhilarating to do all the work yourself, it’s definitely not what we or Nottawasaga Inn Resort consider a vacation. That’s why you’ll be a happy camper – err, skater – when you stay at this Ontario haven. Just 45 minutes from Toronto, it’s close enough to get there quickly and unwind slowly. Women’s and men’s recreational hockey leagues, special events and free skate nights are offered at Nottawasaga, for those of you who think frozen recreation when they hear the term “over ice.” For the rest of you, chilled elixirs and warm whirlpools are waiting to help your slough off the icy Ontario winter.

Fun facts

Nottawasaga Inn is the only resort in Ontario surrounded by 45 regulation holes of golf.

Highlights

Experience the ultimate luxury with Nottawasaga Inn Resort’s Presidential Suite, featuring more than 1,000 sq. ft., Jacuzzi and fireplace!

Address

6015 Highway 89, Alliston, Ontario, Canada L9R 1A4

10 . Bayview Wildwood Resort

Severn Bridge, Ontario

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Bayview Wildwood Resort concludes our frosty list of Top 10 Ontario Winter Vacations on a friendly family note – after all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about? This traditional Muskoka must-stay has been bringing relatives together for nearly 110 years, and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon!

While Bayview Wildwood Resort’s oh-so-homey guestrooms, suites and cottages will help you shed your worldly worries in no time, the family-oriented activities are what really make this Ontario resort stand out. Situated on Sparrow Lake, the waterside retreat is rife with both warm and cold weather merrymaking. It was voted "One of the Best Summer Family Vacation Spots" by Today's Parent magazine for several years running. We’re just wondering now when the awards will come for Bayview’s winter festivities! Guided snowmobile tours over the frozen terrain, cross-country skiing among the powdered Muskoka forests and clomping along resort trails on new-age aluminum snowshoes are just some of the wintry endeavors you can take part in here. We highly recommend a day of tobogganing or a rousing game of broomball to get your Ontario vacation started!

Highlights

Bayview Wildwood Resort offers a variety of wintertime activities and packages, including the Christmas Dinner and Dance Package – great for groups and corporate parties!

Related activities

Badminton, baseball, basketball, volleyball, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, lawn games, pontoon boat races, sail boating, shuffleboard, water sports, tennis and float plane sight-seeing.

Address

1500 Port Stanton Parkway RR 1, Severn Bridge, Ontario, Canada POE 1N0

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