How to Enjoy Winter in South East Ontario


Across Ontario, regional tourism organizations are packaging winter experiences that are safe, fun and accessible. Check out what’s happening in South Eastern Ontario to make this winter and oasis of adventure!

Frontenac County

Firefly Adventures offers winter adventures including Winter Camping in heated tents or in a Quinzee snow shelter! Equipment is provided for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Winter nature hikes during the day are exhilarating, while guided night sky viewing with laser pointers and telescope is enthralling. Snowshoes can also be renting at Frontenac Outfitters just outside of Frontenac Provincial Park, rent a pair of snowshoes and head into the park for a winter adventure!

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Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Counties

Countryside Adventures boasts a 3km trail through the forest that outdoors-lovers can experience by skating, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing to take in everything beautiful Canadian Winters have to offer. Before or after the forest trails, sit by the bonfire with a hot chocolate and warm comfort food and drinks from their pop-up food truck. At Summerstown Trails 20km of ski and 12km of snowshoe trails are ours to explore from first snowfall to the last trace of snow. Experience the quietude of unspoiled nature by visiting the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary. Walk, ski or snowshoe, and even feed the birds. Equipment rentals are all available at the Visitor Centre.

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Bay of Quinte

In the heart of Eastern Ontario and the city of Quinte West, the Batawa Ski Hill is a unique place for people and families of any age to enjoy outdoor activities year-round. A whole range of activities are available for visitors to ski, snowboard, hike or fat-bike on the trails! A calm and peaceful getaway awaits in a variety of ecosystems and landscapes we can discover through the trail systems at Quinte Conservation/Lower Trent Conservation.

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Prince Edward County

Flashback February is an exploration of the history and heritage of Prince Edward County. Flashback February explores the history and heritage of Prince Edward County through a week-long collection of workshops, talks, performances and more, all showcasing The County’s past. Stay tuned for Flashback February 2021: The Living Room Edition! Another inventive way to experience Flashback February/Family Day weekend is through enhanced escape room experiences from Escape Camp Picton. Dine on wartime food, and enjoy spy training and hour-long games.

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Did you know Kingston is home to two renowned escape rooms and a board game cafe? Get out of the cold and enjoy a themed escape room. Play detective and solve crimes with Sherlock’s Escapes, unlock your way through family-friendly or frightening rooms at Improbable Escapes—including live online video escape rooms with themes from Zombies to Snow White, and the fun family-favourite, The Hot Chocolate Incident–or experience a whimsical mission at Wonderland. If you’re not up for an escape room, Kingston’s newest board game cafe and escape room, Wonderland is inspired by fairy tales and features over 450 board games, delicious snacks and drinks.

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