5 ideas for a day trip or a weekend getaway for this third weekend of January in Ontario: Weekend of Jan 18 to 20.
An Epic Winter Weekend Getaway to Rice Lake
Try snowkiting this weekend. Open to newcomers and experienced enthusiasts alike, the weekend includes demos, lessons and a swap meet. You can get hand on lessons and sharing tips on the ice from Stephen Elmhirst.
All winter long, you can try ice fishing at Rice Lake, one of the best lakes for ice fishing in Eastern Ontario. Top up your weekend with a round of hockey, outdoor skating, and Clydesdales drawn sleigh rides.
A Taste of Windsor Essex
Visit Windsor Essex County this week with the whole family. Adventure Bay indoor waterpark is celebrating its 5th birthday this weekend with a grand party. If the waterpark doesn’t cut it, then visit Colsanti’s Tropical Garden in Kingsville where you can enjoy gardens, animals, mini golf, rides, arcade and more inside a greenhouse.
If you are looking for outdoor adventure, hike or cross-country ski (if there is snow) Chrysler Canada Greenway, a 50km trail that that joins 25 natural areas, including regional environmentally significant areas, birding areas and three watersheds. In between your adventure indulge in delicious meals from only $13 at the Winter Bites Restaurant Week establishments.
Escape to Caledon
Rediscover the joys of the winter season and great Canadian outdoors with friends and family at the historic Alton Mill Arts Centre in Caledon during Fire & Ice Festival. Highlights of the festival include a spectacular after-dusk fire sculpture by local artist Brian Oates, food and drink, skating and curling on the Millpond, and art workshops by the Mill’s resident studio artists.
If the giant fire sculpture at Alton Mills isn’t enough, book a stay at Millcroft Inn & Spa, and take a plunge at the hot spring pool to soothe your cares away. If you want that extra special pampering, plan a spa treatment complete with dipping into the polar plunge pool.
If you want to add hockey action to your weekend, cheer the participants of Millpond Hockey Classic. Catch the action outside or from the warmth of the beautiful Paul Morin Gallery overlooking the millpond.
Trek longest Suspension Bridge in Southern Ontario
Experience beautiful trails that wind through a mature forest of 100 foot tall trees, sparkling views of the countryside at the Suspension Bridge and breathtaking lookouts from the top of the Niagara Escarpment at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures.
The Suspension Bridge at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre is the longest in Southern Ontario at 420 ft. The panoramic 10,000 sq. km. views of S. Georgian region are extraordinary. If you are x-skiing, take your skis off and walk down to it. Or on snowshoes, one of the trails crosses over it.
If you choose, strap on your snowshoes for a guided night-time hike, where stars and shadows create a dramatic setting for adventure.
The third Sunday in January is usually celebrated as World Snow Day, an international annual snow festival promoting the recreational activities snow offers to all ages. Scenic Caves Nordic Centre is participating in helping to make this the “biggest day on snow, all year” with a special offer: Free Youth day trail pass and equipment rental with purchase of one adult day trail pass.
Getaway to Thunder Bay
From snowkiting, endless loops of trails for snowmobiling, car racing on ice, three great provincial parks in its backyard, Thunder Bay provides visitors with a warm hospitality, appealing scenery, and exciting winter adventures to remember for a lifetime!