A cozy cabin in the woods covered in snow. A wooded trail that will take you on your own icy adventure. Gliding through the forest on a skate or ski.
Does it sound like something out of a fairy tale? It’s not; It’s winter in Ontario parks!
Thirty-one provincial parks are open in winter for your romantic adventure. Beautiful landscapes are waiting to be explored. With a winter trip to a park, you can reconnect with nature and your loved one.
If you want to extend your stay, we have fourteen parks that offer winter camping or heated lodging.
Silent Lake Provincial Park
Local ski clubs help keep hundreds of miles of park trails groomed or prepared for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Try skating through the woods on a fresh ice trail at MacGregor Point Provincial Park or skate on the rink at Algonquin Provincial Park.
Algonquin Provincial Park
And don’t worry – our covered getaways have all the facilities you need to prepare a romantic candlelit dinner for two. Holiday and New Year’s Eve events, ski skating, snowshoe racing and other events are planned every winter.
Here’s a sampling of winter adventures worth traveling for:
Avoid the weekend crowds at Arrowhead Provincial Park and book a midweek stay in one of their beautiful cabins in the park. You’ll have to ski, snowshoe, or walk to the camp loop where the camp’s ten cabins are located, but it’s worth it!
Each cabin is beautifully appointed with a comfortable queen-size bed, two bunk beds, and a fireplace. The kitchenette features a microwave, mini-fridge, and coffee maker, as well as a dining table and chairs.
Outside, you will find a gas barbecue, picnic table, and fire pit. A heated comfort station is just a few steps away.
Winter activities in Arrowhead are endless. Skate through the forest on the 1.5 km ice rink or explore the groomed ski slopes and designated snowshoe route.
If you love stunning sunsets and long walks on the beach, head to Pinery Provincial Park on Lake Huron. This popular park is much quieter in winter than summer, especially during the week.
Rustic one-bedroom cabins are available for overnight stays. They have all the amenities you need for a cozy winter vacation. All you need to bring is linens, food, pots and pans, plates, cutlery, and other personal items.
Here, thirty-eight kilometers of trails wind through the Oak Savannah Forest, so bring your snowshoes or skis, too.
Prince Edward County is a culinary paradise, two hours east of Toronto. The compact Lake Ontario island is the perfect winter destination for food and wine lovers, and Sandbanks Provincial Park’s indoor accommodation makes it affordable, too.
The four-bedroom Maplerest Heritage House and two-bedroom Jacques Cottage are fully equipped.
Maple Rest Heritage House – dining room
Explore the county’s back roads or its four-season Millennium Trail in search of culinary finds before creating your own delicious dinner for two with county wine.
Jacques Cabin – Living Room
End the evening with stargazing in the countryside.
Speaking of snow, if you love snow, head north! An ideal spot in northeastern Ontario is Windy Lake Provincial Park, about an hour west of Sudbury.
You’ll find amazing cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, beautifully maintained by the local Onaping ski club. Without skis? No problem! You can rent skis in the park.
You’ll find four Windy Lake yurts along the trails that are warm and comfortable. Each yurt sleeps six people in two sets of double bunk beds. They have electric heating, table and chairs and lighting.
Outside, you have your own large deck, propane barbecue, picnic table, and fire pit. A heated toilet is nearby. You can also rent one of the two lakeside cabins.
Windy Lake also offers an ice fishing kit, complete with its own ice auger and pop-up canopy. Be sure to ask about winter fishing limits and ice conditions before you arrive. Don’t forget to check the fishing regulations before you go!
Choose Quetico Provincial Park in northwestern Ontario for the ultimate winter adventure.
This natural park is two hours west of Thunder Bay. Heading north and fancy a shortcut? Take a flight to Thunder Bay from Toronto via Porter, WestJet or Air Canada.
Quetico is a huge winter wonderland with three winter cabins for rent at its Dawson Trail Campground.
One is quintessentially Canadian: a rustic, hand-carved log cabin beautifully decorated with wooden furniture. Comes complete with high efficiency wood stove and electric heating.
Thirty miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails begin right outside your cabin door and are well maintained. Better yet, the cabin rental price includes a pair of snowshoes.
See our full description of covered housing options here.
Ready for an adventure?
Plan a winter camping trip to the countryside!
Frontenac Provincial Park, north of Kingston, and Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, north of Peterborough, are wonderful winter getaways for nature enthusiasts.
Do you feel the chill?
Make time to snuggle up with your loved one on a mid-winter getaway!