Epic Winter Adventures in BruceGreySimcoe

Jan 13, 2022
Winter in BruceGreySimcoe is a magical season of outdoor adventure, cozy inn stays and relaxing spa getaways. Whether you want to snowshoe a suspension bridge with stunning views of Georgian Bay, immerse yourself in the stunning light displays at Blue Mountain Village’s Blumination, or de-stress at our newest spa Vetta Spa, we’ve got something for everyone this winter. Read on for a snapshot of some of our favourite winter activities and events then head over to our Winter page to find even more epic experiences at your fingertips.

Outdoor Fun


Snowshoeing Across Suspension Bridge at The Scenic Caves

When: Daily from 9 to 5 p.m. Last trail passes sold at 3:30 p.m. each day
Where: Collingwood
More Info: https://sceniccaves.com/collections/winter-season-nature-adventures/products/suspension-bridge-winter

Did you know you can snowshoe across a 420-foot suspension bridge with amazing views of Georgian Bay? Thanks to Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, you can add this epic adventure to your winter bucket list. On a clear day, you can see for 10,000 square kilometres—all the way across Georgian Bay. Be sure to check their Nordic Trail Conditions Report before heading out.

Lace up your skates and hit an outdoor skating rink or trail


Outdoor fun is where it’s at this winter and BruceGreySimcoe is lucky to have some great outdoor skating rinks and trails. Ice is a finicky thing and is definitely weather dependant so be sure to call ahead and make sure the ice is good to go. Owen Sound’s Harrison Park has the Good Cheer outdoor rink which relies on the H.O.S.E schedule of hockey on odd days, skating on even.  South Georgian Bay Tourism gives a good round up of outdoor skating options around Collingwood right here. Blue Mountain’s Woodview Mountaintop Skating trail is a stunning experience complete with lights during nighttime hours. Click here for the details. The Simcoe County Museum has a lovely skate trail for the whole family. Check on opening hours and ticket details. MacGregor Point Provincial Park in Saugeen Shores offers a skate trail that winds through the woods and campground areas. Horseshoe Resort also offers slopeside skating and Fern Resort has a 1.5 kilometre skating trail on the property. 

Hire a local guide and enjoy an outdoor winter experience

Getting outdoors is great for your mental and physical health and this winter that’s more important than ever. Thankfully BruceGreySimcoe is home to some amazing guides who can help lead you on an some exciting winter experiences. Free Spirit Tours offers several great winter outings from their Apple Pie Trail Snowshoeing Tour that includes a stop at local winery Georgian Hills to their Shoe and Brew Tour that pairs snowshoes with craft beer at Sidelaunch Brewing Company and/or The Collingwood Brewery.
Blue Mountain & Collingwood Adventure Tours offers an Orchard Trek and Tasting that pairs snowshoeing in a local orchard with a visit to a local cidery. Their Snowshoe, Waterfalls and Wine Tour includes a snowshoe trek to a waterfall and stops at The Ravenna Country Market, a local winery and a local cidery.
Eco Adventures offers outings on the Bruce Peninsula with all proceeds going to the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association. Their Snowshoe the Grotto tour and  Ski Lion’s Head tour both offer truly unique experiences with knowledgeable guides in stunning landscapes.
Eagle Adventures also offers custom snowshoe tours in the Beaver Valley. Learn more right here.

Download Tourism Barrie’s Winter Fun Pass


Tourism Barrie has put together a great savings bundle with their Winter Fun Pass. The pass offers incredible deals, promotions and discounts on winter experiences in the Barrie area. From skiing to snowboarding, tubing and snowshoeing, the Winter Fun Pass can even help you save on local hotels as a basecamp for your adventure. Start planning your Barrie winter adventure today!

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Après has gone outdoors


With indoor dining on pause, many local restaurants, breweries, cideries and wineries have added heaters and campfires to allow for some après ski activities in the great outdoors. Follow our Instagram stories and posts for up to date info. Check out Georgian Hills Vineyard, Thornbury Cider and Brew House, Sidelaunch Brewing Company, Black Bellows Brewing Company, The Collingwood Brewery and our Local Fare page for more takeout and heated patio options.      

Festivals and Events

Blumination Fire, Ice and Lights 

When: January 3 to February 28, 2022. Daily from dusk to 10 p.m.
Where: Blue Mountain Village
More info: https://bluemountainvillage.ca/blumination

The award-winning Blumination Dream Trail is back for 2022.  Every evening from dusk until 10 p.m. stroll through the interactive light displays, snap some great family photos and enjoy choreographed musical light shows on the hour. Start your journey at the Visitor’s Information Centre and pick up a map that guides you through the light trail. Looking for another magical experience? Head to the top and skate the Woodview Mountaintop Skating Trail under the lights. Be sure to check online that the loop is open. 

Catch some high-flying action with Snowcross at Sauble Speedway

The Canadian Snowcross Racing Association is bringing 3 days of high-flying race action to Sauble Speedway over the Family Day long weekend. Racing runs February 19, 20 and 21 and is sure to be a family favourite. Get your tickets online.


Rainbow Ski Weekend at Blue, Village at Blue Mountain

When: March 25 to 27, 2022
Where: Blue Mountain Village
More Info: https://www.bluemountain.ca/things-to-do/events/rainbow-ski-weekend

DJs, parties, drag performances and aprés excitement in Blue Mountain Village meet bluebird days on the ski slopes at Blue Mountain in this weekend of LGBTQ celebration. Plan your weekend getaway now!

Tune in to a virtual winter festival

We were all hoping to be outside enjoying winter festivals this year, but organizers have had to pivot again and are putting on some great virtual festivals for families to enjoy.

Barrie Winterfest has shifted to the Hello Winter festival this February and March with a mix of indoor and outdoor events to enjoy. Keep following the page for event details as they are released.
The Wiarton Willie Festival is going virtual again for 2022. Get all the details for watching Willie’s prediction at 8:07 a.m. on February 2nd right here.
Sunnidale Winterama will be running a Snow Sculpture Photo Contest, Best Beard Growing Contest and the Poster/Colouring Sheet Contest virtually to keep the spirit of Winterama alive this year. Get all the details right here.


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