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 . The Briars

Jackson's Point, Ontario

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Ontario offers an ideal "Winter Wonderland" for families, couples, or individuals traveling north of the U.S. border. At The Briars, you will be treated to a full menu of seasonal activities and amenities that will keep you coming back winter after winter.

From December 23 to March 10, a complete program of Winter Activities is offered during weekends and holidays. Your accommodations may include a horse-drawn sleigh ride with hot chocolate, a guided country walk, a guided indoor and outdoor historical tour, ball hockey or broomball, and even a cooking demonstration. Popular winter activities at The Briars also include cross-country skiing, tobogganing, ice fishing, tubing, and ice skating. While some of these activities are free to try, there may be a small charge for equipment rentals and other fees. After a day full of seasonal activities, you will love the outstanding selection of accommodations to choose from including guest rooms, cottages, manor house rooms, and private lodges. Many of the cottages features electric fireplaces, perfect for warming up after a frigid day outdoors. Private balconies allow for breathtaking views of Lake Simcoe. If you are putting together a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing trip with a larger group of people, the Mayfair Lodge and First Tee Lodge each offer additional space for your group. The Mayfair features 10 bedrooms, two stories, and all of the comforts you would expect from a group accommodation. The First Tee offers seven bedrooms as well as a spacious living room with doors that open toward the lake.

Address

55 Hedge Road R.R. 1, Jackson's Point, ON L0E 1L0 Canada

Extra Stops

Step back in time with a trip to the Georgina Pioneer Village and Museum, or the Butterflies & Blooms Butterfly Conservatory, each located 10 minutes from The Briars.

Highlights

World renowned photographer Peter Sibbald is available for on-site photography services including individual portraits, executive portraits, family and group portraits, event coverage and more. Book your appointment for a portrait session the next time you stay at The Briars.

5 . 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!

Address

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

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.

6 . Sir Sam's Inn and WaterSpa

Eagle Lake, Ontario

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The chill of a harsh Ontario winter is tough to escape. Sub-zero temperatures and blizzard conditions are as common as grass in Kentucky, and finding an adequate refuge isn’t always easy. Sir Sam’s thinks it should be, and thus has provided a luxurious retreat for the beleaguered and frozen traveler.

Shield yourself from the elements inside the 10-bedroom stone and timber mansion or in one of the 16 lakeside accommodations, each filled to the brim with fantastic amenities and lush accommodations. If snuggling up under a blanket fort isn’t enough, head over to the WaterSpa. Its blissful salinated waters and unique hydrotherapy circuit will make you feel like you’ve achieved nirvana. Of course, if you want to get outside and experience winter for yourself, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling are all available and oodles of fun.

Address

1491 Sir Sam's Rd, Eagle Lake, ON K0M 1M0, Canada

Related activities

Eagle Lake also has fantastic fishing, be it winter or summer!

Fun facts

Sir Sam's Inn was once the Haliburton estate of Sir Samuel Hughes, the decorated government minister who led Canada's Military through the first world war.

7 . Ogopogo Resort

Minden, Ontario

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Ogopogo Resort is a destination that should make nature lovers smile with glee. Only a few hours from Toronto, this is a destination that has all of charms of wilderness, without giving up any of the convenience of city attractions! In fact, in addition to lots of outdoor action, Ogopogo also boasts amenities like fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs, in addition to spa treatments and package deals to find the hidden gems of the area!

And while the luxury and comfort are all impressive, the real star of the show at Ogopogo is out of doors! During the winter months, the Haliburton Highlands off plenty of great activities! There are self-guided tours available for the area, but you'll definitely want to check out Twin Lakes Cross Country Ski and snowmobile trails. There are also great opportunities for downhill skiing and snowboarding as well. And, if you're wanting something a little more laid back, nobody has ever claimed ice fishing to be too high intensity!

Address

1023 Ogopogo Lane Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0

Highlights

Located in Haliburton County, Ogopogo is a nature-lover's paradise. There are miles upon miles of hiking and biking trails, not to mention Mountain Lake's charms!

Related Onsite Offerings

Depending on the season, a little time at the beach is imperative when you stay at Ogopogo! Mountain Lake gives guests a chance to paddle boat, canoe, kayak and more!

8 . Patterson Kaye Resort

Bracebridge, Ontario

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At Patterson Kaye Resort there's plenty of fun for the whole family to enjoy, right on the shores of Lake Muskoka! Offering both private cottages and rooms in the main lodge, your stay can be exactly the way you want! The cottages feature wood burning stoves or regular fireplaces and you'll have an unlimited supply of wood to make sure you stay warm and cozy even on the coldest nights!

A stay during the snowy wintertime means that the Lake Muskoka region is your own personal winter wonderland! Activities like cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing are all available. There is a six kilometer trail for snowshoeing and ice skating is an option if the lake is frozen enough! For couples or families alike, there's really no end to the wintertime fun that can be had with a stay at Patterson Kay Resort!

Address

1360 Golden Beach Rd Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 1W8

Highlights

You can plan an all-inclusive stay with Patterson Kaye Resort and the experienced staff will make sure that all of the details are taken care of!

Related Onsite Offerings

Fish right off the dock at Patterson Kaye in Lake Muskoka! Or if you're intent on catching a record breaking walleye, guide services are available as well.

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 . 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.

Address

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

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.

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.

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