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17 Family Winter Getaways in Ontario

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 From skiing, snowboarding and tubing to kid-approved programs and entertainment, Ontario’s winter resorts and playgrounds offer endless fun for everyone in the family including toddlers, tweens, teens, and grown-up ‘kids’ too.

Family-Friendly Resorts 

Stay where you play at one of Ontario’s family-oriented resorts or lodges. Choose from on-site hotel suites, townhouse and condo units or fully equipped cottages to keep your winter warriors close to all the action. 

Blue Mountain, The Blue Mountains 

Avid snowboarders and skiers will want to hit the slopes for adventure at Blue Mountain Resort. Head to the Hike N’ Tube hill for old-fashioned snow tubing fun.

Horseshoe Resort, Barrie 

Horseshoe Resort is home to Ontario’s longest beginner’s carpet lift, a conveyor belt that transports skiers back up to the top of the ski hill. Alternatively, spend the day tubing down Ontario’s longest tubing hill or try fat biking on beautiful trails. Bike rentals are available for adults and kids. 

What we love: Ski ‘n’ stay packages are designed to maximize your time on the slopes with day and night lift tickets. 

Fern Resort, Orillia 

There’s no shortage of kid-friendly activities at Fern Resort, an all-inclusive resort on Lake Couchiching that’s been welcoming families for over a century. Check out the winter packages for Family Day, March Break, or last minute winter getaway specials. Creative programs and outdoor activities are offered for kids of all ages. 

What we love: Fern’s worry-free, all-inclusive packages mean everything’s taken care of so parents get the chance to relax too.

Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville 

Adventurous families will love Deerhurst Resort. Kids aged 6 to 14 year old can learn to ride snowmobiles with guided and outfitted Yamaha Mini-Sled Rides for Kids. Or snowshoe through the trails and solve snow mazes. 

Bayview Wildwood Resort, Severn Bridge 

Experience quintessential winter family fun like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and skating at Bayview Wildwood Resort, a Muskoka landmark. 

Elmhirst’s Resort, Keene 

The resort offers various winter packages all season from ice fishing to February’s Family Day Weekend. Take advantage of all their amazing ‘Always Free’ activities included with overnight visits. 

Pine Vista Resort, Lakefield 

Pine Vista Resort is a four-star resort located near Stony Lake in the lovely Kawarthas area. March Break and Family Day recreation programs. Bring your skates, or rent them to play hockey or skate outdoors. 

What we love: The resort is surrounded by 150 acres of wooded nature trails, perfect for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

Hockley Valley Resort, Mono 

The ski hills are alive with the sound of families having fun at Hockley Valley Resort.

Calabogie Peaks Resort, Calabogie 

Eastern Ontario’s premier winter resort boasts the highest vertical and varied terrain within an hour of Ottawa, with skiing, snowboarding, skating and ice fishing. 

What we love: Inclusive ski lessons from Canadian Adaptive Snowsports certified pros invite guests with special needs to enjoy the slopes.

Searchmont Resort, Searchmont 

Just under an hour north of Sault Ste. Marie, Searchmont Resort takes full advantage of the mountainous landscape of the Canadian Shield with a 214-metre vertical drop, 26 ski runs, four chair lifts and cozy on-site chalets and slope-side villas.

What we love: Enjoy a full seven minutes of one-on-one chairlift time with your budding Olympian. 

Ski Parks & Snow Adventures 

While these winter parks and playgrounds may not have on-site digs, there are plenty of places to stay nearby offering stay-and-play deals and packages.

Snow Valley Ski Resort, Barrie 

If your family is new to skiing and snowboarding, Snow Valley is the perfect destination. The resort offers various flexible programs for newbies of all ages and skills to learn the essentials. There’s even a ski and tube section in the Kidz Zone designed for tots. 

Laurentian Ski Hill, North Bay 

Head to Laurentian Ski Hill for alpine adventure, lessons, rental equipment and comfortable lodge and café facilities conveniently located only minutes from downtown North Bay. 

Mount St. Louis Moonstone, Coldwater 

Improve your skills with ski and snowboard programs at Mount St. Louis Moonstone, located just north of Barrie in Ontario’s famed snowbelt. The resort is one of Ontario’s largest family owned ski parks.

What we love: Conveniently located right off Highway 400 means you can get to the slopes in about an hour from Toronto.

Sir Sam’s Ski/Ride, Haliburton 

Learn to ski with your toddler and take advantage of March Break’s Parent & Tot classes. Kids will find the covered, climate-controlled walk-on walk-off carpet lift an exciting part of the day.

Mount Jamieson Resort, Timmins 

Just west of Timmins, Kamiskotis is a ski, snowboard and tube park located on Mount Jamieson, an extinct volcano. Rentals are available, brush up on your skills with a private ski lesson.

Hardwood Ski & Bike, Oro-Medonte 

Voted the best cross-country ski facility in eastern Ontario by Get Out There Magazine, Hardwood Ski and Bike features kilometres of ski and snowshoe trails for every skill level. Cross-country skiing technique classes are offered for the whole family.

Loch Lomond Ski Area, Thunder Bay 

When it comes to winter, Northern Ontario delivers! Just outside of Thunder Bay, Loch Lomond takes full advantage of splendid winter weather with full and half ski camps in the learning area to black and double black diamond runs for your speed demons.

Last updated: January 24, 2022

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