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Outdoor winter adventures in and around Toronto. You must MUSH!

It’s very easy to cuddle up and stay inside when December fades into January and the cold is nipping at your heels. But this year it’s time to resist hibernation and explore the outdoors! Here are some great options that will get you out from underneath the covers and into the snow!

The Relaxer

Scandinave Spa  Blue Mountain
If you aren’t a winter activity type of girl there is an alternative option for you, the outdoor spa! The Scandinave Spa features a eucalyptus steam room, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, hot bath and relaxation areas. Warning: you must use your “spa voice” at all times.

If you’re going to make the trip out to Blue Mountain we suggest indulging in one of the relaxing spa packages ranging from $72 (all access to the Scandinavian bathes) to $190 (all access to bathes and 60 minute massage). All packages are great for duos so bring your partner, your mom or your best friend. more info

The Fun Seeker

Hike for a Pint  Toronto
It’s easy to go out for a beer, but what if you added a little extra outdoor challenge to your regular Friday night drinking routine? The Toronto Outdoor Club offers the experience of a hike for a pint. This is fun and rewarding! The trek beings at Runnymede and Bloor and travels a 10 KM walk to end up near Union station for a tasty sip of brew.  The cost is based on donations. There are hikes scheduled on January 20th and 27th. Check Toronto Outdoor Club’s calendar for more possible dates. (Also check out Hike for a Keg) more info

The Day Trip

Blue Mountain
Classic winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding can be daunting if you never went on that school trip back in high school, but Blue Mountain offers day trips which include lessons for beginners. Day trips take place on Saturdays and leave from Toronto at 6:30AM. The day includes your choice of snowboarding or skiing, a lesson and scheduled time for lunch, the bar and socializing. You’ll be returned home to your urban layer by 6:30PM. The price ranges depending on if you have your own equipment but the breakdown is;  $57 for the lift ticket, $29 for transportation and $35 for  ski or snowboard rental. more info

The Full Experience

Dog sledding/snowshoeing/skiing packages Huntsville
If you want the full Canadian winter experience than throw caution to the wind and get ready to travel to Huntsville. Outdoor Ontario offers several different winter sampler packages for those of you who want to try out being a true Canadian this winter. The deluxe three days/two nights all around experience is our favourite option. Whether you want to snowshoe in the forest or mush with the dogs this package offers it all. You’ll be provided transportation to and from Huntsville and upon arrival get ready for dog sledding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and a big hot tub soak and sauna at the end of a wonderful winter day. The cost is $525 with lodge, transportation and seven meals provided. Beaver trimmed hat needed. more info

~ Lindsey Peterson

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