Year-round adventure experiences in Ontario 

Whether the backdrop is summer sunshine, autumn colours or winter snow, the opportunities for outdoor adventure activities in Ontario abound

Ontario’s parks and wildlife reserves, lush green forests, lakes and rivers are geared up for visitors year-round. Autumn presents an explosion of fall colours, spring and summer brings warm weather and outdoor pursuits on the water and winter is the perfect time for snow based adventure.

BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT 

A world of non stop leisure activities and rejuvenation awaits you just 90 minutes north of Toronto at the beautiful Blue Mountain Resort.  Situated on the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere reserve, the resort overlooks the southern shores of Georgian Bay.  Blue Mountain Resort features a variety of accommodation choices, including grand hotels, a boutique hotel and condo style apartments. As well there is the intimate Village at Blue full of boutiques, restaurants and retailers.

Free activities, like movie nights and games for kids and families are always on offer. 

Ready to get outside?  At the activity centre, guests can arrange for any kind of adventure imaginable from hiking to hummer tours, ATV rides, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, mini-golf or 18 holes, ropes and mountain biking or rock climbing.  Make sure to enjoy one of the many sandy beaches in the area. 

 Take an exhilarating ride on Blue Mountain’s RidgeRunner, through the escarpment’s varied terrain and thrilling glades for over a kilometre downhill.  The RidgeRunner is open year-round. And don’t miss the the eco-adventure at Scenic Cave Nature Adventures – it’s hard to decide which part is the highlight, the 600 metre tree top walk on a network of footbridges 18 metres above the ground or the incredible suspension foot bridge. After all this excitement, make a stop at Le Scandinave Spa which brings the rejuvenating benefits of Scandinavian Bathing to Ontario. Pair a relaxing series of hot and cold plunges with a massage for the perfect finish to your day of adventure.

In winter you can enjoy the snow, skiing and snowboarding,  ice skating trails, snowshoeing and tobagganing. No trip is complete without a visit to the local cideries and craft breweries. The iconic Apple Pie Trail leads you on backroads through the orchards. 

ALGONQUIN PARK 

Voyageur Quest designs and operates Algonquin Park’s most authentic, inspiring and unforgettable adventures. They specialise in Algonquin Park Adventures – Canoe Trips, Lodge Based Adventure Trips, and Private Cottage Rentals. Their adventures highlight natural connections with green spaces and people and celebrate being active in the great outdoors. The natural ingredients – exceptional guiding, unique lodging, outstanding local cuisine, and more than 32 years of experience – combine to craft first-class adventures  with unparalleled off-the-grid service at one of Canada’s most iconic destinations.

We celebrate the beauty of Winter! If you love snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, dog-sledding, and late night games of broomball on the frozen lake, you are in the right place. Experience the Park when it is so quiet, you can hear the snow fall.  Rest in the sauna, or with a drink in front of the roaring fireplace. Enjoy the home cooked meals and the cozy cabins. 

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Haliburton Forest 

Immerse yourself in the magical natural forest surroundings during a stay at Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve. Bed down in waterfront cabins or at the leafy campsite, set within 100,000 acres and surrounded by 100 lakes and millions of trees. 

In spring, summer and fall, there are limitless hiking and biking trails, rock climbing venues, or even the chance to take your best shot with a clay target shooting session.  

Of course, it’s very easy to fall in love with the province in the Autumn: take a ‘canopy tour’ among a kaleidoscopic range of brilliant red, orange and gold hues.  

Rent a canoe and paddle the lakes, taking in the scenery the bankside offers, or venturing into deeper waters to appreciate the calmness of the surroundings. There are also culinary and wildlife experiences, learning about the province’s abundant produce and how to prepare food using these natural ingredients. 

The Wolf Centre continues to be one of our best known experiences at Haliburton Forest. Guests can view the wolves behind a one way mirror in their natural habitat.  It is home to a captive wolf pack, observation area, theatre and museum/interpretive centre. The priority with the facility is educating the public about wolves.

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Strap in for a snowmobile ride in winter once snow blankets the ground, or slip on snowshoes for a wintry walk. There’s also an opportunity for a spot of ice fishing – or really challenge yourself with an introductory ice climb. 

No matter what type of adventure you’re looking for, you will find it in Ontario!