9 Winter Activities That’ll Have You Embracing The Season

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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 are so many activities you can only enjoy in the winter! Hence, this list of winter activities will make you embrace the season with open arms!

Snowshoeing

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?!

Visit Waterfalls

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!!

Ice Climbing

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.

Dog Sledding

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!

Ice Skating

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!

Skiing/Snowboarding

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.

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.

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.

Ice Wine Tasting

Last but not least, this winter 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!

#lateharvest

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What are your plans for the winter season? Do any of these tickle your fancy, or do you have other winter activities planned? I’d love to see your winter photos – just use my hashtag #IveBeenBitTravel! Or check out which of these you MUST do while in Grey County!

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!!

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10 Comments

  1. Megan | Red Around The World

    February 25, 2017

    I love ice skating and snowshoeing! I’ve always wanted to go dog sledding and see an ice hotel, though! I did go to an ice bar in New Zealand though, that was pretty cool.

    • Lindz author

      February 25, 2017

      Ice bars are super cool! There’s one not too far away in Toronto, but the Ice Hotel also has one. I love winter so much, there’s tons of fun to be had!! Thanks for commenting! 😸

  2. Getty

    February 25, 2017

    To be honest, i really dislike winter, but this list does sound fun. Ice climbing sounds too adventurous for me so I’ll maybe try snowshoeing, and visiting waterfalls for sure!! My biggest struggle for winter fun is that I get cold with anything under 20C 😩😩 lol. I’m a wine lover so I’ll definitely have to try it from frozen grapes! I never thought of Canada as a wine country but I’m excited to be wrong!!

    • Lindz author

      February 26, 2017

      Canada’s really well known for our ice wine!! It’s quite sweet but super delicious. And I totally understand – winter can be so chilly, especially here! But layers are your best friend 😸😸 and when you’re out hiking and snowshoeing it really warms you up too!!

  3. Christina from Happy to Wander

    February 27, 2017

    Reading this list made me realize what a terrible Canadian I am LOL. I’ve only done a small handful of these, and even those ones, I was SOO bad at!! I can’t skate to save my life, and I remember the one time I tried skiing (when I was younger), I couldn’t figure out how to do the pizza stop, so anytime I was going down a hill, I just sat down and let my butt slow me to a stop lol. I haaave done dog sledding though (successfully), although all I needed to do was sit there haha. Really fun list though! (for those who aren’t as useless as me)

    • Lindz author

      February 27, 2017

      Haha the only reason I’m half decent at skating is because my parents started me early. My mom had me in lessons when I was 3 – but I hated it at first. I’d stand there on the ice crying LOL. Eventually I figured out my mom wasn’t giving up and I’d better start skating to keep warm… then I played ringette & hockey so the skills developed from there 😉😹

      I really want to do dog sledding!! It looks like so much fun, but I want to save it for when I’m somewhere like the Rockies so I can really take in the view!! 😸

  4. Cali

    March 1, 2017

    I love this! I have spent my whole life being a big baby and staying inside come winter. This year I’ve escaped to South America. I will pin this as a reminder for next winter!!! I have one year to suck it up :)

    • Lindz author

      March 1, 2017

      Haha I don’t blame you, sometimes winter can be a bit much for me too but I hope you’ll come to enjoy it at least a little bit with these activities! 😸

  5. Rebecca

    March 3, 2017

    My goodness! So many winter activities to do. Canada sure is well set up for such activities. Even though they all look fun, I’d love to go dog sledding and visit an ice hotel…something so unusual.

    • Lindz author

      March 3, 2017

      The ice hotel is so majestic!! And the design changes every year since they have to build it from scratch. I really want to go dog sledding too!! It’s on my bucket list!

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