What’s the best way to enjoy fresh snow in Toronto? Leave… and go somewhere you can really have fun! 

Northeastern Ontario is a hidden mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. There are charming small towns, cozy cabins in the woods, and thrilling ski hills to challenge even the most daring riders. 

If the current weather forecast is the moment you’ve been waiting for all season, then don’t waste it on slushy cement and icy sidewalks. 

Get your warmest coat ready for 5 unique winter activities to check out in NE Ontario this month. 

Go Glamping


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Glamping Resort (@otterpointeresort)

Sure, you could seek some R&R at a swanky resort, but why would you do that when you can sleep under the stars in a snow-covered forest?

Otter Pointe Resort in Calvin Ontario offers unparalleled four-season luxury glamping to get out there and seize the winter. Enjoy modern comforts and rustic charm with the option to choose between glamping domes, traditional cabins, or tents (if you’re really feeling outdoorsy).

Try Nordic Skiing & Snowshoeing

Skiing in Northeastern Ontario
Photo via Northeastern Ontario

Slushy parking lots will feel far away after a day spent trekking through an alpine forest. If you love cross-country skiing and snowshoeing – or have always wanted to try it – then check out Porcupine Ski Runners in Timmins. 

With 30km of Nordic ski trails and 11km of snowshoeing paths, you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied. Make a weekend of it at their new chalet that’s over 7 days a week and take advantage of night skiing on illuminated trails. For younger skiers, there’s also a ski playground with a soccer field, slalom, hoops, toboggan run, and a fire pit.

Visit the Polar Bears


You can see polar bears in Northeastern Ontario!? You heard it here first, folks. The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat is the world’s only wildlife centre dedicated solely to polar bears. 

Their mission is to provide exceptional animal care, engage the community through education, and support polar bear conservation. The bears have over 24 acres of sub-arctic terrain, a natural lake, and a boreal forest with ample space to roam, explore, and interact with each other.

Hop On A Dog Sled

If you’ve never been on a Kicksledding – now is your chance! Northbound Huskies in North Bay is a family-run operation that offers dog-powered sports and all kinds of activities in the great outdoors. Try a small guided tour that gives each person the chance to take the reins and travel through stunning snowy forests.

Hit the Slopes

Of course, you can’t go wrong with a classic ski trip! Antoine Mountain in Mattawa is located in the Laurentian Mountains with sensational views, 15 perfectly groomed runs, a true vertical of 630 feet, and the longest run in Ontario!

Grab your skis, snowboard, or snowmobile and experience everything the mountains have to offer. Afterwards, you can always unwind at the chalet with live music every Saturday, classic Canadian cocktails, local draft, and the perfect après ski atmosphere.

Ski trails in Northeastern Ontario
Photo via Northeastern Ontario

If you’re looking for the perfect city escape, then look no further. Northeastern Ontario offers an idyllic winter playground for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers alike. 

Book a relaxing winter getaway, reconnect, and find joy in the slower moments among nature and friends. It doesn’t get any more Canadian than that.