Written by: Felicia Mangiardi
With December being a crazy month for us all sometimes it is nice to escape. We may not have the time to take a week long vacation or go far, so here are getaways just 90 minutes from Toronto you and your loved ones can enjoy even if it’s just for a weekend!
Just 90 minutes outside of Toronto, Niagara Falls has your perfect winter escape. You can journey behind the falls and get close to the thundering icy waters that freeze around the crest of the falls and make it look like the falls have completely frozen over. We can’t forget about the Winter Festival of Lights Canada’s largest illumination festival. More than 2 million sparkling lights will illuminate the Niagara parkway and more! Enjoy the festive decorations in and around the Fall as well. With plenty of accommodations and the Casino near by this is an epic winter escape.
Blue Mountain located about 2 hours from Toronto is the perfect winter getaway for friends and family. Blue Mountain Resort has the province’s largest skiable terrain. From kid friendly ski mountains with instructors, to large ski mountains for the experts, Blue Mountain allows you to enjoy winter rather than try and escape it. Enjoy the majestic views from up top the hill or enjoy the out door hot tubs in the Blue Mountain Village. You can ‘shop ‘till you drop,’ or enjoy the endless dining options including the popular Beaver Tale dessert. Blue Mountain Village also has exciting nightlife and entertainment options. When all is said and done enjoy some hot cocoa and the warmth of a fireplace in a nice cozy cabin with some friends and family!
Located less than an hour from Toronto, Simcoe County is home to St. Louis Moonstone, one of the largest family owned ski resorts in Ontario. It has 36 slopes, 9 chairlifts and 3 carpets. You can snowboard, snowtube, snowmobile or snowshoe through beautiful trails. But wait there’s more! You can ice fish on Lake Simcoe or enjoy a relaxing spa packages.
Kawartha Lake is located just 90 minutes North of Toronto and is the perfect escape from the city life. Kawartha Lakes embraces the winter months providing you with endless outdoor adventures from snowmobiling to ice fishing.
Ste. Anne’s Spa
If you just want to relax this winter holiday than Ste. Anne’s Spa, located just 90 minutes from Toronto, is the perfect spot for you. Ste. Anne’s is transformed into an enchanted castle during the winter months. Enjoy the soothing winter warming activities in the eucalyptus steam room, or the outdoor hot tub, cold plunge and current pool. Warm your taste buds with a private-in cottage chef experience while enjoying a glass of wine. Now this sounds like the perfect winter retreat.