The best winter destinations outside of Toronto

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The best winter destinations outside of Toronto

You don’t have to escape Ontario to start enjoying the winter season; here are our favourite spots within driving distance of Toronto.

Winter isn’t over yet but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Rather than fighting it, why not embrace it? The winter season can be a great way to get out and explore some romantic spots outside of Toronto.

Pack your bags, grab your boots and hop in the car. We’ve rounded up our favourite spots for enjoying the snow and fresh air outside of Toronto.

Blue Mountain

Located only two hours outside of the city, Blue Mountain is the perfect spot for snow sport lovers. Modelled after Tremblant and Whistler, you’ll find posh restaurants, great shopping and tons of ski hills to keep you busy all weekend. With the season winding down, you may get some great rates to enjoy that last little bit of snow. Don’t forget to check out Scandinave spa if you’re going to be in the area — their outdoor “hot springs” and relaxing massages will definitely have you forgetting your weekly stresses.


Known for being a great spot in the summer for wineries, Niagara-on-the-Lake is also a fantastic spot in the winter. Many of the wineries are still open and as an added bonus you won’t have to fight the crazy crowds like you often do in the summer months. Make sure to wander around the main strip in Niagara-on-the-lake for some shopping and fine dining. Enjoy afternoon tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel or get pampered at one of the glamorous hotel spas.

Ottawa Valley

Looking to get a little further outside of Toronto? Try the Ottawa Valley. The four-hour drive is worth it once you get there. Blanketed in snow, peacefully quiet and more fresh air than you can handle, the Ottawa Valley is a great trip for those who love the outdoors. A fun activity to try is Nordic skiing at the Opeongo Nordic ski club. This volunteer-run organization is free for everyone to use and absolutely gorgeous. You will also find some gorgeous snowshoeing trails at the Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre. Home to North America’s oldest forest, you may even find some amazing wildlife wandering around.


Let’s face it; some people just hate winter so much they want to escape from it. Where else would be best to go (besides down South of course) but Buffalo? Hiding inside the many different shops and malls in the area will make you forget the horrible weather outside. Plus, we all know that shopping is way more fun in the United States. If you plan your trip right, you may even catch the Leafs playing the Sabres for a good price.

What are you waiting for? Get booking!

Madisyn is a freelance writer and social media obsessed traveller based out of Toronto. Always looking for her next adventure but glued to her phone, you can contact her at or visit her at


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