Valentine’s Day is all about spending time together and what better way to do that then to get active and outdoors. Orillia & Lake Country boasts some of Ontario’s best known recreational hotspots.
Find a cozy place to grab a bite, enjoy one of the many outdoor activities, or indulge in some of the region’s cultural attractions. Not sure what to do and where to go? Try some of these visitor favourites across the region.
Cross-country skiing: With many trails throughout the region you will want to check out Hardwood Ski & Bike and Horseshoe Resort. Both offer trails for all ability levels surrounded by unspoiled natural scenery, along with all your necessary gear rentals.
Downhill skiing and snowboarding: Mount St Louis Moonstone and Horseshoe Resort are amongst the best when it comes to downhill skiing in Ontario. Get active and relax in the chalet afterwards for some après-ski unwinding.
Explore the trails: The region offers a vast array of trails that could be used for many different purposes such as snowshoeing and fat biking. Try the trails at Copeland Forest, Simcoe County Forest or at Grant’s Woods to name a few.
Skating for Two: Take skating to the next level with a romantic meander through Fern Resort’s Skate Trail available for resort guests or enjoy a day package with a meal! Celebrate on the weekend by heading over to the outdoor rink at Quayle’s Brewery and enjoy an après-skate brew by the fire.
Rest and Relaxation: Oro-Medonte’s newest attraction, Vetta Nordic Spa, offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of busy life. Did you know? The Finnish celebrate Friendship Day on February 14th. Cherish love of all kinds, book a getaway with your friends or significant other with your choice of massage, outdoor pools, and Finnish-inspired sauna.
Get Cultural: Explore a historic love story like you’ve never seen before, The Leacock Museum‘s newest exhibit A Leacock Love Story opens February 10, just in time for a romantic cultural date. This exhibit explores the enduring love the famed literary humorist held for his wife Beatrix and the subsequent inspiration for building their beloved Orillia summer home.
Curtains Up: Pay it forward and give the gift of theatre and live events as they return to Orillia & Lake Country. Tickets are on sale for shows at the Orillia Opera House and Casino Rama’s Entertainment Centre.
Dinner for Two: Valentine’s Day won’t be complete until you try some of the culinary delicates that you will find throughout the region. Try a special Valentine’s menu at FARE Restaurant in Orillia, a 6-course, prixe-fixe menu at Tent Kitchen & Bar, a cozy small-town experience at Riverside Hideaway, fine-dining at The Ktchn, or visit a date-night classic at St. Germain’s. Looking to bring a winter wonderland to the table? Book a cozy outdoor dining dome at Tammies Place. The region isn’t short of great places to eat. Find more here.
A Perfect Getaway
Luxury Camping: Glen Oro Farm is a perfect couple’s retreat to nature with trail rides and fireside chef-catered dining available. Sleep under the starts in a Stargazer Dome or enjoy the rustic hospitality of an Explorer’s Tent. With reservations 3+ months out, pay it forward by booking a reservation for a future romantic getaway.
Couples Packages: Take the stress away from trying to plan the perfect getaway. Many of Orillia & Lake Country’s all inclusive resorts offer packages featuring fun-filled activities, private dining and beautiful accommodations. Find out more here.
Casino Rama Resort is your one stop for everything you need for a great Valentine’s Day Weekend. Try the Balance in Life Spa, one of its many restaurants, and try your luck at the casino for a memorable weekend with your significant other. Complete your weekend with a stay at their top-notch hotel!
Extend your stay: After a day enjoying the many activities available through the region, rest your head at a cozy Orillia accommodation.
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