Winter Activities for Reluctant Winter Lovers

Dec 20, 2019
Winter is officially upon us: Colder temperatures, crisp white snow and endless outdoor activities. But what if you’re not a winter lover? What if while your family are waxing their snowboards, you’re secretly wishing you could wrap up in a quilt with a tall mug of tea? Don’t worry—whether you’re smiling about winter or buckling down and wondering how to survive—there’s an adventure waiting for you in BruceGreySimcoe. We put together this handy blog packed with local experiences for the reluctant winter lovers in your crew.


This 1-kilometre trail of amazing festive light displays is a great winter activity that will have you snapping selfies and enjoying winter before you know it. Short but sweet, you can reward yourself with a hot chocolate and a treat at Royal Majesty right after or head to one of the Blue Mountain Village’s many aprés spots for a beverage and an appetizer. The village is a great place to fall in love with winter. Find out more.

Work on your golf game … inside

If you’ve been silently sobbing since the greens closed down, BruceGreySimcoe has some great indoor opportunities for you. Both Cobble Beach and Whispering Hills Golf Club in Hanover have golf simulators you can use hourly, with or without instruction.  Currently under construction, The Golf Club in Collingwood will be a great destination for golfers in the winter and on rainy days. With a putting green inside and several simulators, you can even grab a drink between rounds. Find out more about this new business.  

Sip cider in an igloo—it’s warmer than it sounds

This is an outdoor experience with indoor qualities. Thornbury Village Cider has installed two clear plastic igloos on their patio. Stop in for a flight of cider, wine or beer and enjoy it on the patio inside this unique enclosure. Snap some pics and be sure to tag @brucegreysimcoe in your adventure.  


Tour a brewery, winery or cider house

Warm up from the inside out with a tour of one of our local breweries, wineries or cideries. Get the full list here or book a tour with The Beer Bus, Free Spirit Tours or Ace Transportation. Nothing says a relaxing winter afternoon like a flight of cider with local charcuterie.

Warm up at Kokoro Salt Cave

There’s no better place to escape the wind chill than Kokoro Salt Cave. This unique experience located in downtown Owen Sound will warm you up and relax you completely. Spend some time in the salt cave, experience the float tank or if you want to combine their spa ambience with outdoor adventure, check out At Last Adventures’ partnered experiences Snowshoe and Float or Rock and Salt Cave tour.

Hit the spa


Our region is home to many amazing spa experiences and no matter where your visit winter brings you, you can find a place to unwind and relax. Visit our Relaxation and Wellness page to find a location near you. Relax in the baths at Scandinave Spa, visit IWA Spa or find an indoor waterfall at Living Shore Spa.

Visit a Museum or Art Gallery


Plan a visit to a local museum or art gallery and expand your horizons while skipping the snow. Whether you visit the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound or step back in time at the Huronia Museum in Penetanguishene, there’s so much to learn about the local area and it’s artists. Get all the info you need here.

Catch a Concert or a Live Theatre show


Another great indoor option, BruceGreySimcoe is home to a great array of venues for live theatre and music. From Owen Sound’s Roxy Theatre to Collingwood’s Gayety Theatre and the Midland Cultural Centre and Heartwood Hall, you’ll find a great night out here. For more information click here.

Throw Some Axes

Challenge yourself as you try hit the bullseye at on our local axe throwing venues from Axed Throwing Club in Thornbury, Bare Axe Throwing in Collingwood,   Bullseye and Iron Nation in Barrie and the Owen Sound Bowling Alley.

Visit our Soft Adventure page for more fun winter activities!