As we await more snow to blanket over Ontario, it’s the perfect time to prepare for all the winter activities we’d love to accomplish these next few months. Sledding, skiing, winter walks, snowboarding, these are all fun to do but what about those low key winter experiences we don’t tend to think about? Believe it or not, there’s a world of fun and at times questionable winter activities we didn’t know occur in Ontario.

Curious to find out more? We’ve compiled a list of 5 winter experiences you didn’t know about in Ontario:

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Igloo building

This winter, you can book an “Intro to Igloo Building” experience in the Haliburton Forest, here in Ontario.

If you’ve never heard of it, the Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve is an outdoor lover’s paradise year-round, but it is also a research facility and an education centre.

Intro to Igloo Building: How to Construct and Camp in an Igloo is available for several dates through December, and every month until March.


This winter activity is a combination of dog sledding and cross-country skiing!

According to Destination Northern Ontario, those with mid-sized dogs, 30 pounds and up, and who love to pull and run, are best suited for this activity.

The site states that during the winter, Algonquin Provincial Park, Arrowhead Provincial Park, and Quetico Provincial Park offer trails perfect for this activity.

Climb a frozen waterfall

This winter activity is one of a kind. Forget rock climbing, take on this thrilling adventure – ice climbing.

Northwestern Ontario is a top destination for ice climbing, and you can do that with Outdoor Skills and Thrills, even if you’re new to the activity. You’ll learn everything you need to know to have a safe and exciting climb.

It’s available from December through March.

Snowshoeing to ice caves

Grab your snowshoes and explore the ice caves along the shores of Lake Superior

Stokely Creek Lodge offers guided tours starting mid to late February. According to the official site, the experience is about 2 to 2.5 hours of snowshoeing along the shore and to the cliffs.

Snowshoes are available to rent and the cost per person for the entire experience is $110 per person plus tax and gratuities. 

Reach the top of a mountain

For the best, panoramic views of Ontario’s winter landscape, you’ll need to reach the top. And you can do so by embarking on a snowy hiking journey to the top of Killarney’s La Cloche Mountains.

According to Destination Northern Ontario, you can catch some of the most stunning vistas atop Killarney Ridge. Another great option is King Mountain in Sault Ste. Marie.

Make sure to do your research before embarking on this journey, especially if you’re new to this. Never go alone and make sure you’re prepared for anything. The winter season can be a harsh one.