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Posted by Lara Stasiw on December 16, 2021
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6ix Winter Day Trips

6ix Winter Day Trips

If you’re anything like me, you’re a sucker for beautiful winter drives, cozy restaurants, and quaint snowy villages. Even though there’s something magical about Toronto in the winter, getting out of town for the day can be an excellent way to relax and escape the holiday hustle and bustle of the big city. Here’s my list of top 6 winter day trips from the 6ix:

1. Blue Mountain Resort – 2 hours from Toronto

6ix Winter Day Trips Blue Mountain

Whether you’re hoping to hit the slopes or seeking a relaxing day at the spa, Blue Mountain is your hot spot. Get in some skiing, take a snowboard lesson, or even try your hand at snow tubing, all before spending some time roaming the shops and restaurants in Blue Mountain Village.

2. Pretty River Valley Provincial Park – 2 hours from Toronto

Hiking isn’t just for summer fun. With snow and ice-laced trails, winter hikes can be some of the most beautiful. Get on the Bruce Trail at Pretty River Valley Provincial Park to see the Niagara Escarpment like never before.

3. Stratford – 1.5 hours from Toronto

6ix Winter Day Trips Blue Mountain Stratford

Although it’s known for its theatre, Stratford, Ontario, has so much more to explore. From leisurely strolls by the Avon River to delicious culinary delights and quaint small-town vibes, Stratford is a quick and easy getaway from the buzz of the GTA.

4. Niagara-on-the-Lake – 1.5 hours from Toronto

6ix Winter Day Trips Blue Mountain Stratford Niagara On The Lake

Even the newest Torontonian has likely heard of Niagara wine country. Niagara-on-the-Lake boasts some of the best regional wine and is equally as trendy and fun to visit in the winter months as it is in the summer. Plus, it’s home to the Niagara Icewine Festival for three weekends in January—a must-see for all wine and winter lovers alike.

5. Christie Lake Conservation Area – 1 hour from Toronto

Strap on some snowshoes and take to these striking snowy trails, just one hour outside of Toronto. Christie Lake Conservation Area features a variety of trails and loops spanning from 1–10 KM in length, perfect for snowshoe-beginners and seasoned pros.    

6. Sand Lakes Ice Caves – 3.5 hours from Toronto

6ix Winter Day Trips Blue Mountain Stratford Niagara On The Lake Sand Lakes Ice Caves

The Ice Caves along Sand Lake near Kearny, Ontario, are worth the drive – trust me. Rent a snowmobile from Back Country Tours or Sand Lakes Cottages and Inn, and ride out to the extraordinary caves, formed by huge sheets of cascading ice.

Need any other winter day trip ideas? I have plenty more ideas and am always happy to chat Toronto adventures in real estate and beyond.

Lara Stasiw • Real Estate Agent & Home Design Connoisseur

Lara Stasiw West Toronto Real Estate Blog

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