An Ontario Winter Adventure Dream List

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Satisfy your outdoor adventure needs this season with Ontario's best winter experiences.

There is no doubt that winter has arrived in full force in Ontario. Tourism suppliers are ecstatic about the early, and sometimes unrelenting, snow that has been falling. With all the snow, conditions are prime to enjoy a plethora of winter adventures in Ontario this season. The trails are groomed, the slopes open and the sled dogs are hitched up and ready run. Here is just a small sample of some of the experiences to be had in Ontario's winter playground.

Winter Snowshoeing Ecotours at the Wye Marsh - With winter comes a new set of rules for animal survival and new ways to experience the excitement of nature. Enjoy a 3 to 4 KM snowshoe trek into the world of woodland and wetland research. One of the Wye Marsh's qualified and knowledgeable staff will lead participants deep into the wooded 3600 acre Wye Marsh. Cost: $50.00 per person, every Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (running from December 22nd to Beginning of March)

Agawa Canyon Snow Train - Take a train into the gorgeous northern Ontario landscape to experience a side of winter only a few witness each year. This winter experience begins in downtown Sault Ste. Marie where passengers will board the newly renovated cars of the Algoma Central Railway's Snow Train. Marvel at the pristine winter landscape as the train winds its way passed lakes and vistas on its way to the Agawa Canyon. Once at the canyon disembark and take a hike up the stairs to the top of the canyon wall. The reward will be an unobstructed view of the vast wilderness. The Snow Train package costs $169 per person and includes one Snow Train admission, 2 nights accommodations and 2 continental breakfasts.

Introduction to Ice Climbing - Imagine climbing the Khumba Icefall on Mount Everest? Luckily, it's not necessary to go to Nepal for some excellent ice climbing. Only an hour from Toronto, is some of the most astounding ice in southern Ontario. Hack up an icefall with ice axes and dig crampons into the blue ice. On this course participants will learn to tie into the rope, belay, proper uses of crampons and ice axes, and ice climbing technique. No experience is necessary for this beginner program. The cost is $160 per person.

Algonquin Log Cabin Winter Adventure - Algonquin Park's northwest corner is home to world-class dog sledding and snowmobiling! Indeed South River, Ontario hosts one of the largest concentrations of commercial dogsled operators in Canada. This is authentic dog sledding. One-hour lesson, hooking up sleds, learning how to harness and real mush driving a team. In terms of Snowmobiling, the Ontario Federation Snowmobile trails are located just west of the Park boundary and offer groomed routes that traverse lakes and run through unspoiled winter wonderland. Relax at night in a private chalet suite. This package is ideal for couples or small groups of friends looking for authentic adventure. Three nights accommodation (one night hotel, 2 nights private chalet suite), guided dog sledding with packed lunch, snowmobiling (1 sled per couple), torch lit skating, post snowmobile snack and hot drink, use of snowshoes. Cost is $725 per person based on 4 people or $896 per person based on 2 people.

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