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Simcoe County

With three downhill resorts, groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, groomed snowmobile trails, winter is an adventure just waiting to happen in stunning Simcoe County.  Add in spectacular ice fishing on Lake Simcoe, winter festivals, resorts and hotels, cultural attractions and shopping experiences, and it’s pretty close to the perfect getaway destination. 
 
Three ski resorts equal three different experiences!!  Stay and ski at Horseshoe Resort and off the slopes enjoy the resort’s other winter activities, visit the spa or dine at one of the restaurants.  Ski for a day or evening at Mount St. Louis Moonstone and Snow Valley Ski Resort, have dinner at a local restaurant and stay overnight to get up and do it all over again!  Both resorts offer stay and ski packages with local accommodators.  Downhill is more than skis and boards!  Take the gang snow tubing at Horseshoe and Snow Valley. 
 
If flatter terrain is more your speed, try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at Hardwood Ski & Bike, the Wasaga Beach Nordic Centre, Horseshoe Resort or through the Wye Marsh.  Day passes and season memberships are available.  There are lots of hiking opportunities in Simcoe, too – the Wye Marsh, community waterfront trails, the Ganaraska Trail and many others.  And, if you love to mountain bike, check out Hardwood for fat biking – mountain biking on snowy trails - with Ride Guides offering tours and programs at Horseshoe.  Or, perhaps skimming along the snowy surface behind a dogsled team from Windrift Kennels is your ideal winter adventure.
 
Close to 560 kilometres of groomed trails, the Mid Ontario Snowmobile Trails (MOST) run through Simcoe.  Also known as District 8, these beautiful trails are maintained by volunteers in five clubs.  For anglers, Lake Simcoe is the preferred hard water fishing spot in Ontario with whitefish, perch and trout popular catches.  If you’re new to the sport or lack equipment, outfitters can help you out with hut rentals and set you up with everything you need.

 
Take a break from the outdoors by shopping in one of Simcoe’s downtowns or explore the art galleries, studios and museums.  The Simcoe County Museum houses the area’s history, with an impressive collection of over 30,000 artifacts and fun programming.  Take in live entertainment at Casino Rama, the Orillia Opera House or at one of Barrie’s live music “hot spots”.  Try your luck at the OLG Slots at Georgian Downs or play your favourite games at Rama.   
 
And what’s a visit without great food? Visit a farmers’ market or sample the local cuisine at Simcoe’s many restaurants.  Sample the flavours of five craft breweries at local eateries or tour and sample the brew at Barrie’s Flying Monkeys’ new tap room and Creemore SpringsNorthwinds Brewhouse & Kitchen in Collingwood and Barnstorm Brewing Company in Barrie each combine the best of both worlds serving good food and good beer.  Pick up a copy of the Saints & Sinners pocket map, a useful tool for finding your favourite local craft beverage!  Starting annually in early March, travel the sweetest trail of all, Tap into Maple.
 
Enjoy a winter festival, shop, dine or simply relax on a weekend away from home.  Many of Simcoe’s accommodators, including Bayview Wildwood Resort, Carriage Ridge and Fern Resort, have awesome winter getaway packages including over Christmas, New Year’s Eve and into the new year.
 
What are you waiting for?  Start packing now for your winter visit to Simcoe!
 
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