5 Exhilarating Winter Excursions In Grey County

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Canadian winters can be brutally cold with lots of blowing snow and frigid wind chill. While many head for warmer climates, I much prefer to stay close to home and enjoy the fluffy white stuff. Call me crazy, but winter’s my favourite season… hence why I was psyched when Grey County Tourism asked me to come and partake in some winter activities!

Grey County is an Ontario gem about two hours north of Toronto. Leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind and enter into this beautiful winter wonderland. With so much to offer, here’s my list of exhilarating excursions to get you excited about winter in Grey County!

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Delve Into the Depths of the Niagara Escarpment with Free Spirit Tours

If you’re looking for a memorable winter adventure, winter caving is the place to start. Free Spirit Tours runs an amazing guided tour at Metcalfe Rock in the Kolapore Uplands. Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before – I hadn’t either! Free Spirit Tours will teach you everything you need to know as one of their stellar guides (like Jim!) leads you underground into the crevices of the Niagara Escarpment.

The fissures you’ll be exploring were formed at the end of the ice age. In the winter, water sneaks through the crevices to create beautiful icicle formations. Also, if you’re worried about the rocks moving on you – stop right now. They haven’t budged in over 14,000 years, so there’s nothing to worry about! Just take a tumble down the rabbit hole and discover a whole new world. While this excursion is great for any skill set, a certain level of physical fitness is required.

 

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Power Through Some Snowy Trails on a Fat Bike with Ride Guides

Cycling? In the winter? Yes it’s possible on a ‘Moose’ fat bike with Ride Guides! A perfect activity for the wandering souls, cycle enthusiasts and winter lovers, you’ll be taken on a winter adventure as you weave through the Grey County forest. Tim is a fantastic guide who will take you along the Bruce Trail’s Len Gertler Side Trail. If you’re looking for good workout that’s lots of fun, you’ve definitely come to the right place! Also, don’t be afraid to fall – it’ll happen at least once if not 9 times (true story).

Ride Guides has a variety of trail offers to choose from like their night tour and their brewhouse tour where you finish with a flight of beer! Depending on the weather I’d suggest wearing gear that’s breathable and a bit lighter as it gets pretty toasty pedalling. And for those of you wondering… no actual moose are harmed at any point during the tours.

 

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Wander the Trails at Scenic Caves

Strap on the snowshoes and hit the trails at Scenic Caves! Known for their treetop excursions and the Thunderbird Zipline, they have numerous adventures in the winter – making them a great destination year round!  Scenic Caves offer approximately 10km of snowshoe trails of various skill levels, a few of which have fantastic lookout points. I highly suggest checking out the Lookout Trail (who would of guessed? I love lookouts!) as this will take you to the area close to where Ekarenniondi is! Despite how fantastic the million dollar view from the suspension bridge is, I think this is my favourite spot to look out over Georgian Bay!

If you’re thinking of venturing to Scenic Caves, I’d suggest coming a little bit before sunset. This way you can enjoy the colours as they dance across the sky… and then go for a snowshoe tour in the moonlight! I have yet to experience this for myself, but I can just imagine how breathtaking the sky would be as you can see so many stars!

 

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Rip Through the Powder at Blue Mountain

While I’m not an avid skiier/snowboarder myself, Blue Mountain is a great spot to hit the hills in Southern Ontario. Celebrating 75 years, they offer over 40 trails for all skill sets. Many of our olympians have come from roots in Blue Mountain! With deals midweek as well as night skiing, there’s lots to do to keep you racing down the hills.

Or if you’re looking for something a little different, give their Ridge Runner a shot! This all-season coaster can be a nice tour through the terrain… or you can rip through and reach speeds of over 40km/hr! Either way, you’ll want to hold on to your toques ’cause it’s a wild ride!

 

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Chase Waterfalls Across Grey County

Saved the best for last (no I’m not biased…), chasing waterfalls in Grey County!! As the temperature drops, my desire to hunt for these majestic beauties grows. Winter is hands down the best time of year to check out waterfalls. Why? They become these ephemeral works of art as icicles form around them. In some cases the water freezes quickly, building up to create gorgeous crystallized waves as they cascade down the rock face.

I highly suggest visiting Hoggs Falls in the Grey Highlands (close to Flesherton) and Inglis Falls in Owen Sound, but they’re all beautiful and worth a visit! Be sure to bring proper winter gear as the snow around these areas can be quite deep. It’s not uncommon to be up to your knees in the fluffy white stuff! Also, only 7 of their 10 waterfalls are accessible in the winter, so plan accordingly!

 

Now it’s time to plan an adventure! While all of these excursions are doable in a weekend, I suggest spreading it out. One for your body’s sake, and two – there’s no rush! Each time you come to Grey County, you’ll discover new beauty and hidden gems you missed before. I’m just scratching the surface of how much this amazing area has to offer. So, what are you waiting for? Break out the snow gear, get outside and #ColourItYourWay! Don’t forget to use my hashtag #IveBeenBitTravel on any Instagram photos so I can see your adventures!

DISCLAIMER:
A HUGE thank you to Grey County Tourism for inviting me up to enjoy a crazy weekend of snow, laughter, and sore muscles. The most of the activities listed were complimentary thanks to the generosity of Grey County and the aforementioned tour operators. All reviews and opinions are my own.

 

17 Comments

  1. Lauren

    February 24, 2017

    I want to do ALL of these activities! So much fun in the snow to be had! I feel like I might fall even more than you off the fat bike hahah!

    • Lindz author

      February 24, 2017

      Hahaha it’s so much fun!! You know I’m always game for a Grey County adventure 😉 And when we fall we can do snow angels!

  2. We love Grey County as well. It’s become one of our go-to spots for adventures. Everything from Metcalfe Rock/Kolapore Uplands, the section of the Bruce Trail through the Len Gertler Side Trail, Blue Mountain Village. I don’t know how many times we hiked to the all the waterfalls throughout Grey County. Don’t know if you have, but at Inglis Falls follow the Bruce Trail west from the viewing area. As you approach the roadway(Inglis Falls Rd. i think), you’ll see a trail that requires a bit of bushwhacking, but it takes you below the cliffs to the base of the falls. Very cool!

    • Lindz author

      March 3, 2017

      I’ve been DYING to know how to get to the base of Inglis Falls! You just made my day Glen, thank you! Grey County is such a fantastic place for adventure!

  3. C-Ludik

    March 11, 2017

    Haha, you have so much fun !! I would love to do snowshoe to a Frozen Waterfall :-), brave the suspension bridge and explore Ice Caves ! additionally, I guess I would also like to ride the Groomed Snowmobile Trails… Grey County seems to be such a fantastic place for adventure :-)

    • Lindz author

      March 11, 2017

      There’s always lots to do in Grey County!! I haven’t done the snowmobile trails myself, but I’ve heard lots of good things. :)

  4. Samantha

    March 11, 2017

    I’m dying to get to Canada in the winter! These seem like awesome things to do. Where the cave crevices narrow where it might induce claustrophobia?

    • Lindz author

      March 11, 2017

      Canada’s such a beautiful winter wonderland! Some of the crevices were really narrow – while I don’t have full on claustrophobia, I’m not a fan of tight spaces and I was okay. However the guides are amazing and super accommodating, I’m sure they’d take you a less tight route to make sure you’re comfortable! :)

  5. Rosi C.

    March 11, 2017

    love waterfalls. love winter too but winter sports not really you are very adventurous and cool. nice pics :-)

    • Lindz author

      March 11, 2017

      Thanks so much! Even if you’re not the winter sport type – checking out waterfalls in the winter is fantastic! 😊

  6. Wow, as a Canadian I didn’t even know what Grey Country was! This sounds super cool and I’ll definitely think about checking it out if I find myself on the East :)

    • Lindz author

      March 13, 2017

      You definitely should!! Grey County has lots to offer all year round – one of my favourite places in the province to go! 😊

  7. Brianne

    March 12, 2017

    Living in Boston, I’m a fan of cold-weather adventures as well! Unfortunately I’ve never been to Ontario, but it seems like Grey Country has a lot to offer in winter. I’d be a fan of the fat biking and snowshoeing – the winter caving actually seems slightly terrifying to me 😉

    • Lindz author

      March 13, 2017

      Haha I thought the caving would be scary too but I was really surprised with myself! The older I get the more I realize how many awesome things Ontario has to offer! 😊

  8. Rimsha

    March 13, 2017

    These look like SO much fun! I really enjoyed all your photos. I hope I get to experience some of these some day. I’ve never even seen real snow hehe

    • Lindz author

      March 13, 2017

      I hope you do too!! It may be chilly here in Canada at times but there’s always lots of fun to be had 😊

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