The holiday season is about making memories that last. Instead of feeling cooped up with the kids during the break, head out and experience the charm of Orillia and Lake Country during the winter season. Hit the slopes, snowshoe under a forested canopy of snow, and indulge in all the getaway fun you could ask for.
Just 90 minutes north of Toronto, you don’t need to travel far for your next getaway.
For the adrenaline seekers
Downhill Ski & Snowboard: Hit the slopes for some classic winter fun with the entire family! Beginners and downhill experts alike are in luck when visiting Oro-Medonte. Two winter hotspots are open for exploration, Mount St. Louis Moonstone and Horseshoe Resort, with both locations offering thrilling hill rides that accommodate all skill levels. Rent your gear, book a lesson, and enjoy the thrills!
Snowtubing: All thrill and no skill, snow tubing is a favourite pastime for young and old in Orillia and Lake Country. Visit Horseshoe Resort to experience Ontario’s longest snowtubing hill for bundles of fun.
Snowmobiling: Ever wanted to ride a snowmobile, but you’re not sure how to get the gear or training? SMART Adventures has you and the kids covered with safe training and guided tours for 6 and up. Speed through the trails and take in the sights, this experience will leave you wanting more. Weather conditions apply, call ahead to book your spot.
Fun on the trails
Winter biking, cross-country skiing, & snowshoeing: The renowned Hardwood Ski & Bike can get you and the kids ready to explore a winter wonderland in the woods. Cross country ski, snowshoe, fat bike, or book a groomer ride and experience the season to the fullest. Gear rentals are available along with lessons when booked in advance. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for special events.
Explore the sights: Orillia’s Millennium Trail is a flat, paved, and simple waterfront trail that is plowed all winter long. Let the kids have some fun in the snow while you stay dry on the trails. This route boasts a self-guided free walking tour on the Tripvia Tours app and features a variety of heritage sites, storytelling plaques, and public art. As a bonus, the trail’s midway mark is the Port of Orillia, just steps away from downtown Orillia, where you can shop, dine, and warm up at a cozy cafe.
Fun on the farm: A cozy walk through the woods with an alpaca to keep you company, what could be better? Davidson Estate Alpacas offers pre-booked adventure walks and guided tours of their cozy alpaca farm. These furry friends are well loved and offer a great opportunity for kids to learn about caring for farm animals. Head to their website to book your visit.
Board games & good times: Hundreds of board games, niche merchandise, and sweet treats await at Orillia’s favourite board game cafe, Cards and Coasters. For just $5 a person, you can have access to endless hours of old-fashioned fun with your choice in games. Check out the exciting drink menu, inspired by your favourite movies and video games, and order some delicious snacks for the table, made fresh and inhouse.
Bowling & Roller Skating: Orillia Bowl, the City’s longstanding 5 pin bowling alley, is home to glow in the dark bowling and a delicious snack bar. If you’re looking to fill up an entire afternoon of fun, Orillia Bowl has you covered. On the outskirts of the City, within the Township of Severn, The Roller Skating Place invites you to lace up and hit the rink for some classic family fun. Skate rentals are available, along with a snack bar.
Indoor play: If you’re looking for some educational and gentle fun for the little ones, drop into Heartworks Children’s Studio and Paper Planes Play Cafe. Heartworks inspires kids to discover their creativity with a variety of themed-rooms to explore, crafts and art exercises, and plenty of playtime. Paper Planes Play Cafe makes play time fun for both kids and adults. Let the little ones explore the cafe’s toys while you sit back in the lounge and sip on a beverage of your choice.
Places to Stay
Cozy up by the fire in your lakeside lodging, stay warm and comfortable under the stars with a luxury camping experience, and find great deals on high quality hotels. Visit our Stay webpage to explore available packages and nearby accommodations during your trip.Places to Stay
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