The first day of winter is upon us and that means the start of my favourite season! Already you probably think I’m crazy, but as much as I love the sunshine and flip flops, winter steals my heart. I love the crisp air and how beautiful everything looks under a blanket of fresh snow. While the days are shorter, I tend to make the most of my winter days to capture as much daylight as I can. Plus there’s so many activities you can only enjoy in the winter! Hence, this list on # activities that’ll make you want embrace the season with open arms!
A seasonal classic! The trails are calling and snowshoeing helps to ensure you enjoy them to their fullest, even with 12 inches of snow. It’s a great activity for beginners and for groups, plus you might even make new friends! Besides, who doesn’t like pretending to be a dinosaur stomping all over the place?!
While yes you can do this in the warmer months too, nothing quite compares to the beauty of a frozen waterfall. The ice formations are absolutely breathtaking – and the best part? It’ll be different every year!!
Had a blast checking another waterfall off my list, the beautiful Tiffany Falls! Want to explore some waterfalls too? Check out the link in my profile & use my map to plan your next adventure! If you do, take a photo & tag @IBBtravel in it so I can share! #OutdoorContest #IveBeenBitTravel
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For the more ambitious guys and gals out there, ice climbing is an awesome winter adventure. Not only do you get to feel like a bad ass wielding what feel like battle axes, it’s an awesome workout for your whole body. You can even scale frozen waterfalls! I’d save that for after you’ve had some practice though.
Have you tried ice climbing? You’ll want to after reading my blog post that’s coming early next week! If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, I’d say go spend some quality time with Ontario’s Highlands… it just might make you step outside your comfort zone! #OutdoorContest #IveBeenBitTravel
Mush, mush! Bundle up under blankets as our four-legged and furry friends tour us around a winter wonderland. While there are many misconceptions about dog sledding, these dogs love to run and enjoy the time out in the wilderness. Just be sure to do your research and ensure that the company you choose an excursion with has a good reputation and treats their dogs as they should be treated!
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Yet again, another classic winter activity. While skating on a rink is fine and dandy, I’m thinking bigger and better – like trails through the forest! Yes, there are provincial parks and nature reserves that are fortunate enough to have beautiful, winding trails that lead you through the parks. On another note, it’s always fun to hit a local outdoor rink and play some pick up hockey too!
Probably the most popular of all winter activities, skiing and snowboarding are bound to keep you entertained throughout the winter months. Be a daredevil and race down those double black diamonds, or be more like me and go cross-country skiing to better enjoy the sights and sounds of winter. Either way, you’ll have a blast on the slopes, no matter what elevation they are.
Great day to dig out your old cross county skis 🎿 and give them a whirl! Even though we don’t have groomed trails, you can’t beat $3.00 to enjoy a winter activity at your leisure for a couple of hours!
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Visit an Ice Hotel
An ephemeral winter beauty that’s not to be missed. The only ice hotel in North America is Québec’s Hôtel de Glace, and it’s definitely worth the trip. Every year a new theme is chosen and the 44 rooms reflect it with intricate ice carvings and structures. Not sure if you’re brave enough to survive the cold overnight like I did? Don’t worry, day visits are available so you can enjoy this icy beauty knowing you’ll return to a toasty warm bed later on.
KW has an extreme cold warning and all I can think of is the beauty of Quebec City’s Hôtel de Glacé. A bucket list item for me, staying there was quite the experience… especially in Canada’s coldest winter in 100 years! My body made me pay later, but it was worth braving -25C for a night! #IveBeenBitTravel
Winter Fat Biking
I’m going to be honest with you… I didn’t know fat biking was a thing until about 3 weeks ago, but as soon as I found out (and survived my first bike tour in over four years – more on that later) about it I added it to my must-do list for this winter. A fairly new trend in cycling, the oversized tires allow you to traverse over soft terrain like snow. It’s a great way to cover more area on your next winter excursion! Just be sure to use it on marked biking trails and respect other winter adventurers.
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Ice Wine Tasting
Last but not least, an activity for those of you that prefer to enjoy winter away from the elements. Ice wine is a winter delicacy that’s produced when the grapes are harvested while they’re still frozen, making the liquid extracted more concentrated. I’m proud to say that my home of Niagara is Canada’s largest producer of ice wine as 75% comes from our vineyards! Many wineries offer tastings and there are even festivals that celebrate it!
What are your plans for the winter season? Do any of these tickle your fancy, or do you have other winter adventures planned? Tell me about them in a comment below!
PS – With Christmas just around the corner, I’d like to wish everyone a safe, healthy & happy holiday season. I hope you all get to enjoy it to the fullest, and thank you for your continued support! Thinking of you all and sending lots of love and good vibes!!