It is finally March, and as much as we may be looking forward to turning in our snow–pants and ice-scrapers for shorts and suntan lotion, there is no reason not to enjoy the last few weeks of winter! Before you store away the ice skates and parkas – pack an overnight bag and create some winter memories at one of these fabulous Ontario parks:
Sandbanks Provincial Park – Up for a little road trip through Prince Edward County? This area is the perfect destination for the wine and food lover inside all of us. Explore beautiful wineries and dine at exquisite restaurants before checking into your comfortable accommodations right in the park. Cottages boast beautiful fireplaces and fully-equipped kitchens with options large enough to sleep eight.
MacGregor Point Provincial Park – Ever considered spending the night in a yurt? MacGregor Point offers visitors the unique opportunity to sleep in one of sixteen heated yurts equipped with electricity, large bunk beds, a table, chairs and outdoor barbeque. Your romantic yurt getaway will be complete with a skate through the woods on a lit-up ice trail. Take in the views and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa as you skate under the stars.
Killarney Provincial Park – If you are the adventurous type, Killarney park might just be worth the drive. The wild Georgian Bay landscape, mountains and dark skies are the perfect setting for the park’s various trails (33 kilometres-worth!). These trails are only accessible in the winter months and are perfect for skiing or snowshoeing. Spend the night in one of two camp cabins or one of six yurts.
Windy Lake Provincial Park – If you want to catch some snow before winter ends – Northern Ontario is where you need to go. Windy Lake has exceptionally groomed trails and the area is often the first to see snow in Ontario, lasting right through early spring. There are yurts available that provide cozy overnight accommodations. Grab some skis or snowshoes and do some exploring in the snow.
If overnight adventuring in the cold is not your cup of tea – consider these winter-friendly activities happening close to home:
Winter Activities in Toronto
Outdoor Skating Rinks – rinks are plentiful in the GTA – nothing beats a cup of hot cocoa and an evening of skating on the stars. List of outdoor rinks in the GTA.
Evergreen Brick Works – Evergreen is a Canadian charity that transforms public landscapes into community spaces. They offer lots of family-friendly activities and events year-round. Looking for March Break activities for the kids? Check out their winter events listing.
The Beach Winter Stations – Back for its third year, Winter Stations is inviting Torontonians to explore the city’s winter waterfront. Check out the public art exhibition with six new lifeguard stands. Check out their website for locations and more information.
Ice Fishing – This one may not be in Toronto, but if you ever wanted to try out ice fishing there are some surprisingly close destinations (as close as Hamilton). If you are ready to bundle up and try your luck fishing, check out this list of ice fishing spots close to home.
Do you have any fun winter activities planned for March? Let us know what you are doing!