Did someone say winter road trip? Toronto always has something going on, but sometimes it’s nice to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and plan a getaway (if only for a day). Even better, some of the best places to see in Ontario in winter are only just a couple hours outside the city.
Ready for a new adventure? These are some of the best places to see in Ontario in winter this year…
6. Dundas, Ontario
Travel Time: 1 hour
Nestled just outside of Hamilton, the community of Dundas (also known as “The Valley Town”) sits at the foot of the beautiful Niagara Escarpment. Dundas makes for a perfect winter getaway thanks to Dundas Peak, which surveys all of Hamilton. Thanks to the lack of foliage, the city has the perfect opportunity to shine in winter (literally and figuratively). Admire the historic downtown, traverse the waterfalls, and explore Dundurn Castle.
5. Paris, Ontario
Travel Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Often regarded as one of the prettiest towns in Ontario, Paris is known for its distinct European charm (which goes well beyond just its name). You’ll see it everywhere, especially in the cobblestone houses and homes that sit on the edge of the Grand River. The small-town charm of Paris is a great way to escape the concrete jungle in the winter.
4. Niagara Falls, Ontario
Travel Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Who could forget about Niagara Falls? During the wintertime, you can enjoy the frozen grandeur of the falls, the naturally-occurring ice “sculptures” that form on walls, lampposts, trees, and buildings (thanks to the mist of the falls), and the annual Winter Festival of Lights that is held until the end of January. There are also great opportunities to enjoy indoor fun, like the wax museum and the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, all downtown.
3. Elora, Ontario
Travel Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Elora is another charming small town that relies on the natural beauty surrounding it. While most come in the summer to cool off at the Elora Quarry, the colder months are perfect for those who love a little bit of adventure. Bundle up and enjoy the trails, peer out over the Elora Gorge, and grab a warm drink at Desert Rose Café or the Lost and Found Café.
2. Stratford, Ontario
Travel Time: 2 hours
Regardless of the season, Stratford is always a perfect getaway. Featuring historic buildings, Victorian-style architecture, amazing restaurants, and the iconic Shakespeare Festival, Stratford’s charm is rooted in its combination of hip locales and cozy neighbourhood energy. It’s easily worth the trip.
1. Collingwood, Ontario
Travel Time: 2 hours
The downtown strip is charming, the area is picturesque, and the skiing is plentiful! Collingwood is home to the Blue Mountain ski resort, which has an array of delightful chalets and cottages tucked away in the snow. When we think of winter in Ontario, there’s no doubt that Collingwood comes to mind!
The next time you’re looking for something to do, try charting a new adventure outside of the city. Until then, learn more about what goes on in your own backyard with our handy neighbourhood guides of Toronto’s most exciting areas.