Winter weekend getaways near Barrie

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There are two kinds of people in this world: people who count down the days until Spring, and people who make the most of all that white stuff! Either way, if you want to spend more time in the snow or maybe take a little break from it, you don’t have to travel far to find some amazing Winter weekend getaways!

Blue Mountain Resort

The moment anyone talks about Winter weekend getaways, one of the first places to come up is always Blue Mountain, and for good reason. With 365 acres of skiable terrain, 7 glade runs, 3 terrain parks, and over 600 snow guns, they are always ready for everyone, from fresh novices to seasoned veterans. When you’re finished, you’ll have just as much to do off the hill as you did on it. Walk the pedestrian village, check out the shops, grab some food and drinks at over 50 different bars and restaurants, or plan your stay during one of their awesome Winter festivals. All while staying at one of their beautiful and comfortable accommodations. Yes, please.

Scandinave Spa

While you’re up in Blue Mountain, if you want to absolutely melt the stress from your body you really need to check this place out; Scandinave Spa! It offers you relaxation in the heart of nature with forest bathing, hot springs, and a few different massage techniques to choose from. All massage reservations also come with free access to the baths and if you want to go all out, they even have overnight spa gateways and couples packages.

Horseshoe Resort

Located only a short drive north of Barrie, Horseshoe Resort has everything you’d expect from a fantastic Winter resort and so much more! Yes, they have the usual alpine and cross-county skiing (both of which are amazing), but if you somehow get bored with that you can try snow tubing, fat biking, snowshoeing, Yamaha adventures, or even a little slopeside skating! If you get hungry (or thirsty) be sure to take a trip inside for a delicious meal and a cold beer at The Crazy Horse! We think you’ve earned it.

Hardwood Ski and Bike

With over 40 km of pristine trails through hardwood and pine forests, Hardwood Ski and Bike is an awesome way to spend a few hours, a day, or a whole weekend. There are 8 different trails ranging in length from 3 km to 22 km and all of them are perfectly groomed for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking. They also have lots of ways to learn with lessons and programs and a café serving fresh and delicious meals, so even if you haven’t tried it before, Hardwood is a perfect family getaway!

Fern Resort

Fern Resort is the place to be if you want all the Winter fun that cottage country has to offer at the tip of your fingers. Whether you want to go ice fishing, skating, snowshoeing, curling, or just about anything else, it’s all a lot better when you end the day at a beautiful cottage nestled along the lake. They also have tons of family, group, and couples packages to choose from and did we mention it’s only a stone’s throw from Casino Rama? Well, it certainly is!

Scenic Caves Nordic Adventure

Don’t have your own snowshoes? No problem! This winter season, you can rent snowshoes from us before you take off and…

Posted by Scenic Caves Nature Adventures on Monday, March 22, 2021

If you’re looking for some outdoor adventure this Winter, you will be blown away by the absolutely stunning views offered at Scenic Caves Nordic Adventure. Along the 27 km of cross-country trails atop its unique location on the Niagara Escarpment, you will find Southern Ontario’s longest suspension footbridge and lots of warm-up huts serving fresh, hot food to keep you going on your journey!

Friday Harbour

If there’s any place near Barrie where every day feels like Friday, how could it be anywhere else than Friday Harbour? While it’s an amazing place all year round, Friday Harbour really is something special in the Winter. Take in the sights while gliding through their beautiful skate trail, listen to music at the rink, or grab a drink at the Chill Ice Lounge, all after eating a delicious dinner at one of Friday Harbour’s fantastic restaurants.

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