Epic Events & Family Fun: Winter Adventures Just North of Toronto

Discover new adventures and make fantastic memories at plenty of heartwarming events taking place in rural communities just north of Toronto this winter! So much to see and do with family and friends to celebrate the most Canadian of seasons.

Winter Carnivals

Nothing is more charming than a rural community’s celebration of winter. Annual carnivals – some still going decades and generations on – are the place to gather for fun activities, exceptional food and entertainment, plenty of laughs, and outdoor fires too.

Here is just a partial list of winter carnivals happening in this neck of the Ontario woods this winter – not to be missed!

Skokie from the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival will greet visitors and celebrate his big birthday! (He’s old!!)

Burk’s Falls Winterfest January 20-21
Bracebridge Fire & Ice Festival January 27
Port Carling Winterfest February 2-4
Severn Winterfest February 9-10
Gravenhurst Winter Carnival February 15-18
Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival February 16-17

Parry Sound Snowfest February 16-19
Dwight Winter Carnival
February 23-24

Family-Friendly Events

In addition to carnivals, many events are taking place that provide awesome opportunities for the family to connect with the Canadian landscape in winter. Here are just a few:

Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Guided Tours Weekends throughout the winter months
SSASO South River Race January 20-21
Frozen in Time January 27
Winter Wildlife Snowshoe January 28
Muskoka Loppet January 28
Sounder Ski Tour February 10
Kearney Dog Sled Races February 10-11
Algonquin Park’s Winter in the Wild Festival February 17
Great Muskoka Snowshoe Experience February 17
Family Day Weekend in Magnetawan February 17
Family Fishing Weekend February 17-19
Seguin Sled Dog Mail Run February 24
Gourmet Marché Snowshoe Tour February 24
SnowFest February 24
Hockey Day in Parry Sound March 30

Year-Round Attractions

Far from being shuttered after the summer ends, plenty of attractions are open and ready to welcome you! Choose from indoor and outdoor activities.

Algonquin Adventure Tours Algonquin Park
Algonquin Visitors Centre Algonquin Park
Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Rosseau
Back of Beyond Equine Centre Huntsville
Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Huntsville
Crystal Cave Mineral Exhibit & Crystal Shoppe South River
Find Your Wild Huntsville
Georgian Lanes Entertainment Parry Sound
Georgian Nordic Outdoor Activity Centre McDougall
Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area Huntsville
Huntsville Bowl Huntsville
Liv Outside Bracebridge
Muskoka Discovery Centre Gravenhurst
Muskoka Heritage Place Museum Huntsville
Muskoka Stay n’ Play Tours Bala
North Ridge Ranch Huntsville
Outdoor Adventures ATV South River
Riverbowl Burk’s Falls
The Tom Thomson Mystery Experience Huntsville
West Parry Sound District Museum Parry Sound
Yamaha Motor Adventures Huntsville
Zig Zag Escape Rooms Huntsville

Outdoor Adventures

In a place we call the ‘great Canadian wilderness just north of Toronto’, you’ll definitely find a lot of opportunities to have some epic fun in the great outdoors. From skating to skiing, from glamping to fat biking, kids young and old will have a blast on as many adventures as you can fit in.

Want to learn more about outdoor adventures you’ll find here? Check out our Top 12 Things to Do this Winter in the region.

Head to a Resort

The view of the outdoor rink at Cedar Grove Lodge

This region is home to some of nation’s most iconic resorts (many of them open year-round), and winter getaways with family are the perfect way to celebrate the season together in total comfort. The real beauty of a resort stay in winter? Everything is at your finger tips for all the adventuring, relaxing and dining you can hope to do. Inquire about special packages & events when you call to book.

This winter, treat the whole family to a getaway full of unforgettable adventures in the wilderness just north of Toronto.

To plan your stay, click here.

Winter Turns Up The Fun!