Epic Winter Adventures in BruceGreySimcoe

Nov 14, 2022
(Updated November 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
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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.  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! 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.

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Après has gone outdoors


During last year's restrictions many local restaurants, breweries, cideries and wineries added heaters and campfires to allow for some après ski activities in the great outdoors. They quickly learned that folks love these outdoor spaces for apres after their winter adventures! Check out Georgian Hills Vineyard, Thornbury Cider and Brew House, Sidelaunch Brewing Company, Black Bellows Brewing Company, The Collingwood Brewery, Still Fields Brewery and our Local Fare page for more options.      

Festivals and Events

Blue Mountain Village Holiday Magic 

When: November 18 to January 8 
Where: Blue Mountain Village
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By day the Village sparkles with festive décor, holiday music and fires to warm by.  Evenings, starting at dusk, follow the one kilometer Holiday Light Trail through the Village to discover enchanting and interactive light displays. On weekends, enjoy live holiday music, street performers, warming stations and a horse drawn carriage with Santa roaming the Village. Saturday evenings end with fireworks over the Mill Pond from November 19th until December 24th. 

Rainbow Ski Weekend at Blue, Village at Blue Mountain


When: March 24 to 26, 2023 
Where: Blue Mountain Village
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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!

Hello Winter in Barrie


When: February 1 to March 31, 2023
Where: The City of Barrie
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After shifting to Hello Winter from Barrie Winterfest back in 2022, The City of Barrie is following the same extended winter fun format. Visit the website for more details as they are released. 

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