Every year Orillia and Lake Country welcome an idyllic Canadian winter wonderland. From exhilarating snow hills and frozen lakes to rejuvenating crisp trails, memorable winter adventures await in all corners of the region.
Take a week off to experience, indulge, and relax into the season like you never have before. We have you covered with a week’s worth of highlights so you can experience winter to the fullest in Orillia and Lake Country.
Day One: Hitting the Slopes
The rolling hills of Oro-Medonte attract visitors year-round to marvel at their colourful beauty, but it’s in winter that they become a thrill lover’s playground. Oro-Medonte boasts two locations to test out your skills, Horseshoe Resort and Mount St. Louis. If you’re brand new to hitting the slopes, both hotspots offer gear rentals and lessons to book in advance.
Day Two: Snowmobiling Thrills
Severn’s expansive cottage-country landscapes are a sight to behold at any time of year, but for an adrenaline rush, flying past rich foliage and historic waterways on a snowmobile makes for an unforgettable experience. Cottage Country Tours offers one to three-hour guided snowmobile tours or up to seven-hour rentals to tour the area’s extensive trail systems. Our advice is, don’t miss out on the quiet moonlight ride where you’ll catch a glimpse of a brightly lit starry sky only the rural lifestyle can offer.
Note: Snowmobiling trails are weather-dependent, check conditions before you head out!
Day Three: A Skate Through the Woods
Cozy up with your loved ones and head out to Ramara to experience Fern Resort’s beloved 1.5 km skating trail through the woods. By day, the trail is well lit by the bright blue sky of lake country Ramara, but by night the trail takes on a whimsical ambiance with a cozy torchlit journey. Though only accessible by guests, Fern offers discounted packages, excellent dining, and barrels of winter fun to make the trip more than worth it.
Day Four: Explore the Trails
There’s nothing quite like feeling the brisk cool air on your cheeks as you surround yourself with the sounds of nature. The CN rail trail begins at the powerful 5000-year-old historic site; the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs, and continues to follow the abandoned rail line through Rama’s countryside. For newbies, the flat 5 km trek is simple to navigate and welcomes you to celebrate reaching your finish line by recovering at nearby Casino Rama Resort to grab some good grub and relax in the Balance of Life Spa.
Day Five: Getting to the Lake
A hub for seasonal activities, Orillia‘s Lake Couchiching attracts adventurers every year to explore its frozen opportunities. Get geared up with the help of local business A Breath of Fresh Air to experience a cozy ice fishing excursion, lace up some skates to try out the natural rink, or try your hand at a relaxing snowshoe across the frozen waterway. Whatever your interests, Lake Couchiching offers a myriad of memorable experiences. Always check conditions before heading out safely and explore downtown Orillia’s cozy cafes to warm you up afterward.
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