Midland / Penetanguishene

Winter is cause for celebration for these two waterfront communities! Located on the shores of Georgian Bay, Midland and Penetanguishene are transformed into a winter wonderland during the colder months of the year.  They’re a natural magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, with cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, snowmobile trails and small-town charm.
 
Known as the “Gateway to Georgian Bay”, Penetanguishene has lots to keep you entertained this winter. Awenda Provincial Park offers an adventurous backcountry style experience for cross-country skiers and snowshoers.  Trails start at the warm and toasty Trail Centre, with 17 kilometres of ski trail and trail-breaking opportunities for snowshoers.   Snowmobile tours and rentals are available at Diverse Rentals, with the Discovery Harbour Skate Trail open January to March (weather permitting) for a true Canadian outdoor skating experience.  Circle Family Day weekend on your calendar for the annual Winterama.  Take a breather from your outdoor activities to peruse the collection at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives, a treasure trove of local history.
 
Midland is certainly no slouch when it comes to winter activities, either.  Wye Marsh, open all year, not only has trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, they offer snowshoe ecotours (lessons included – a great way to see “behind-the-scenes” at this awesome nature facility.  Equipment rentals are available.  Off the trails, visit Birds of Prey area and the reptiles and amphibians in the interpretive centre.  
 
One of the most magical events of the season, First Light, happens at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons. The historic site glows in the light of over 5,000 candles, with demonstrations and hands-on activities part of the festivities.  The event runs on Thursday to Saturday evenings from November 22ndto December 8th.  And, on the first weekend in February, join in the fun at Midland’s annual Winterfest – a fun time for everyone in the family.
 
If you’re visiting Midland during the week, be sure to tour the Huronia Museum and check out the live performances coming up at the Midland Cultural Centre.
 
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