The 8 Best Winter Activities to Try in Southwestern Ontario in 2023

You may be inclined to hibernate during the winter season, but living in Southwestern Ontario offers an endless amount of fun winter activities to partake in. Getting outside and enjoying the fresh air is an amazing way to boost your mood and to spend precious time with family and friends. This year, let our Canadian winter signal the start of a season spent seeking adventure and embracing the cold. Bundle up, slip on your snow boots, and get ready to try these fun-filled winter activities.

Become an Adventure Athlete in Elora

If you want to try something new this year, look no further than AXE Pursuits. Just 20 minutes from Cachet Arthur, this Elora-based group has been providing private and group adventures to beginners and advanced adventurers for over 20 years. Try mountaineering, ice climbing, winter zip-lining, cave exploration, and more.

Take the Scenic Route to Luxury at Millcroft Inn & Spa

Located just 10 minutes from Erin Glen by Cachet, Millcroft Inn & Spa in Alton promises a cozy winter escape like no other. The property features 4 hydrotherapy rooms, outdoor pools, a sauna, a steam room, a cozy fireside lounge, and a fully-licensed Spa Cafe, where you can completely immerse yourself in wellness.

Go Geocaching Around Hamilton

Geocaching is the world’s largest scavenger hunt. Hamilton has many geocaching opportunities, so check out the trails and start searching. At the very least, you’ll go on a fun adventure! Located near our Mount Hope and Cachet Binbrook communities, this is a great winter activity to do on your own or with friends and family.

Feel the Thrill of Skiing or Tubing at the Chicopee Tube Park in Kitchener or the Caledon Ski Club in Caledon

No matter which adventure calls to you, both the Chicopee Tube Park in Kitchener and the Caledon Ski Club in Caledon offer fun for the whole family. Chicopee Tube Park features a 250-foot high, 900-foot long tubing hill with six chutes while Caledon Ski Club is home to 55 acres of skiable terrain with 25 slopes and an outdoor skating rink. Chicopee Tube Park is an 18-minute drive from Westwood Village. Caledon Ski Club is conveniently located just nine minutes from our Erin Glen community.

Go Back in Time and Ride an Authentic Steam Engine Locomotive

The Waterloo Central Railway is a non-profit heritage short line railway that operates between Northfield Dr., Waterloo, the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, the Village of St. Jacobs, and the town of Elmira. Conveniently located under 30 minutes from Generations in the Village of Ayr, the Waterloo Central Railway offers a magical experience for the whole family along with a variety of themed train excursions throughout the year.

Explore the Elora Cataract Trailway

Whether you strap on snowshoes, cross country ski, snowmobile, or layer up and go for a hike, the landscape of the Elora Cataract Trailway beckons you to explore. The 47-kilometre stretch of wide and mostly flat trails follows the old Canadian Pacific Railroad and can take you from the village of Elora to the heart of Fergus. The Elora Cataract Trailway is just 15 minutes from Erin Glen and Cachet Arthur, making it a wonderful nature getaway for residents.

Learn How Maple Syrup Is Made at Maple Magic 

Visit the Bradley Museum in Mississauga to learn how maple syrup is made at their annual maple festival Maple Magic. Try a tasting flight of different types and grades of syrup, enjoy a neon light display of local wildlife, enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages at the Barn, and have taffy on snow. Located within 5 minutes of Lorne Park Place, the Maple Syrup Festival runs through the month of March.

Go for a Walk with an Alpaca

For animal lovers, Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life in Bright is a great place to spend a winter’s afternoon. The farm offers various experiences including cuddling goats and learning about farm life, but the real showstopper is the opportunity to take one of the resident alpacas for an hour-long snowy walk. The farm is conveniently located 30 minutes from Westwood Village in Cambridge.

Go Snowshoeing or Tubing at River Valley

A golf course during the summer months, River Valley transforms into a winter playground during the off-season. Strap on your snowshoes and explore over 4 kilometers of picturesque rolling hills across their grounds, or slide into fun on their fast-paced, 800-feet-long tubing slides. And when you’ve had your fill of winter fun, head to their chalet and warm up on delicious homemade goods and hot beverages.

Planning to try one of these winter activities? We’d love to see! Be sure to snap a photo and tag @cachetcommunities on Instagram for the chance to be featured in our stories.

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