Winter is here and mother nature is transforming before our eyes into a cozy winter wonderland! Embrace the beautiful winter months with a visit to Muskoka Lakes farm and winery, home of the Johnston Cranberries. Located in the Muskoka region, known for its pristine lakes and lush forestry, this famous fall destination is bursting with things to do and plenty of fun waiting to be had – here are 5 of the best!
**Due to COVID-19 all activities must be pre-booked and pre-paid. Drop-ins cannot be accommodated. Bookings open on a rolling basis starting Mondays for the following Saturday – Friday.**
1. Skate the Ice Trail
If your ideal winter activity includes a visit to the local ice rink, take it to the next level this year! At Muskoka Lake farm and winery, skate a fantastic 1.2 kilometre circuit surrounded by a unique setting: 12 kilometres of cranberries! Pause for a moment at the waterfall and finish off with a tender glass of mulled wine! If you cannot make it during the day, try night skating!
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2. Enjoy Winter Scenery
Choose between 5 spectacular trails, uniquely varied in difficulty and length. Snowshoeing is the perfect winter activity: immerse yourself in stunning snowy scenery while getting some exercise! Grab your friends and explore 10 km of groomed trails. Rentals are available.
3. Play Bog Hockey
What’s more Canadian than a classic game of hockey?! Add the game to the great outdoors and you have a dreamy Canadian moment! By creating a one-acre pond on a cranberry bog, then adding boards and goals you and your friends can experience the nation’s favourite game in an unparalleled environment.
4. Try a Canadian Signature Experience
Bog to Bottle, certified “Canadian Signature Experience” by the Canadian Tourism Commission is a novel experience that will expand your knowledge on Canada’s native fruit: the cranberry. Enjoy an intimate tour followed by a wine tasting with the Muskoka Lakes farm and winery fine wines!
5. Taste the seasonal goodies
Muskoka Lakes farm and winery loves to experiment with the wonderful taste of cranberries, especially through winter offerings. Choose a tasty mulled wine, concocted out of Cranberry Blueberry Wine and Mrs. J’s mulled spice mix, guaranteed will warm up your soul. Or opt for a classic hot apple cider, americano, espresso or cappuccino! Indulge in the desserts, cheese choices or a hot bowl of soup.
Plan Your Trip – Winter at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh:
Always call, or check their web/social media pages to see whether conditions are ideal/trails open if you are going to try outdoor activities.
Snowshoe: Open when there is sufficient snow on the ground, but conditions on the ground can vary from powder fresh snow to hard-packed, icy patches.
Trail Hours (once operational) & Weather Permitting:
DAILY: 10 am to 5 pm
Closes 4 pm: Dec 31
Opens 11 am: Jan 1
open 7 days/week (weather permitting)
Light the Night: Torchlight skating 2020-21 season – TBA Mid January onwards
Skate Pass – Adult (2 hrs): $12 to $18
Skate Pass – Kids 12 & under (2 hrs): $10 to $15
Snowshoe Pass – Adult (2 hrs): $8 to $12
Snowshoe Pass – Kids 12 & under (2 hrs): $6 to $9
Trail Fire Pit – Skate or Snowshoe (2 hrs): $195 to $245
1/4 Acre Rink Rental (2 hrs): $245 to $295
Rentals – skate or snowshoe (2 hrs)/Skate sharpening: $10
Bog to Bottle Tour: $25
Address & Directions:
Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh
1074 Cranberry Road, Bala