Don't let the dropping temperatures stop you from enjoying the many pleasures Ontario's Greenbelt has to offer. Winter can be a spectacular time to plan a "staycation" and the Greenbelt provides a wealth of options, from cozy, warm indoor activities to refreshing outdoor adventures.
From the Bruce Trail to the Niagara wineries and spas, from Lake Simcoe to Rice Lake, there's something for you. Here are just a few examples we've come across recently, all within a short drive of the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
Bruce County calls itself "Ontario's Natural Retreat" and it's no wonder why! Take your pick of snow-shoeing, sleigh rides and cross country skiing - 280 kilometres of the 885 kilometre-long spectacular Bruce Trail runs through Bruce County. Check out www.explorethebruce.com for more information on winter outdoor and indoor activities for you, your friends and family to enjoy.
While the vines may rest under a blanket of snow, Niagara wineries are still busy doing what they do best: making remarkable, award-winning wines. Tourism Niagara has built a great web itinerary planner to help you plan your trip, map out your wine route, add in other interesting sites and find accommodations. Check outwww.niagaragreenbelt.com. Just be sure when you visit to prefer VQA wine, the only wine guaranteed to be made with 100% Ontario grapes.
The Briars is an historic resort run by innkeepers John and Barbara Sibbald. It is located in Jackson's Point, on the south shore of Lake Simcoe, and only one hour from downtown Toronto. A four season destination, visitors can enjoy guided hikes, horse-drawn sleigh rides, skiing, snow-shoeing, and after, a spa treatment and a candlelight dinner. Check out their Winter Magic and January Super Save holiday packages online at www.briars.ca.
The hamlet of Gore's Landing, located on the south shore of Rice Lake in Ontario's Kawartha region, is home to the century-old Victoria Inn. It's a perfect home base to explore some of the region's year-round pursuits, such as antiquing, art tours, concerts and literary events. For those who want to brave the cold, the Inn can arrange for you to try out a winter sport increasing in popularity throughout the province: dogsledding. For more on what you can do in and around Gore's Landing check out the Victoria's Inn website at www.eagle.ca/VictoriaInn/activities.html