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. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or complete beginner, these must-try winter activities will accommodate any skill level so that you can get the most out of the season in Orillia and Lake Country.
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 with epic slopes at Horseshoe Resort and Mount St. Louis Moonstone. If you’re brand new to snowboarding or downhill skiing, both hotspots offer gear rentals and lessons to book in advance. At nearby luxury accommodation, Carriage Ridge Resort, you can even set out on the ski hill right from your suite!
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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!
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Discover the Trails
There’s nothing quite like feeling the brisk cool air on your cheeks as you surround yourself with the sounds of nature, and luckily enough, forested trails are in abundance in Orillia and Lake Country. For a beginner experience with some remarkable sites included along the way, head out to the CN rail trail, which begins at the powerful 5000-year-old historic site; the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs. This flat, 5 km trek is simple to navigate as it follows the abandoned rail line through Rama’s countryside. The best part? You can celebrate reaching the finish line with some rest, relaxation, and endless entertainment at nearby Casino Rama Resort. Fill up with some good grub and relax in the Balance of Life Spa before heading out to the gaming floor.
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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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