Official Tourism Website of Bruce County, Ontario, Canada

Our Favourite Activities to do this Winter

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Winter at its finest!

Fresh, crisp air, bright sunshine, snow covered escarpments and incredible landscapes; just because the ground is covered by three feet of snow, it’s more reason to visit the Bruce. Some might even say it’s the best time to visit - no crowds! You’ll have incredible places like the Grotto all to yourself. And it’s arguably even more beautiful wrapped in ice and snow. Whether you’re looking for a thrilling snowmobile ride or a relaxing Sunday drive, winter is for you in Bruce County.

Snowshoeing

Over the past few years, snowshoeing has been one of the fastest growing winter sports in Canada. And for good reason too, nobody can do it. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. You can buy snowshoes at just about any sporting store these days, but if you just want to try it out, head over to Suntrail Outfitters in Hepworth or Thorncrest Outfitters in Southampton. Once you’ve got those snowshoes, Bruce County is all yours. The Bruce Trail is a great place to start exploring. It travels the entire length of the Peninsula (and beyond) with lots of incredibly scenic day hikes.

Cross Country Skiing

If you’re looking for a great workout, or a fun day out with the kids, then cross country skiing is the perfect outing. Sliding through the forest in the quiet of winter is such an exhilarating way to experience the winter. You won’t be cold for long as this is an awesome workout. There are numerous places to get out there including Colpoy’s Bay and Sawmill Nordic. Both Thorncrest Outfitters and Suntrail Outfitters offer XC ski rental packages and the XC ski community is known for creating great programming, lessons and guiding for kids and adults alike. Check out the Jackrabbits programing if you want to get your kids involved.

Ice Skating

MacGregor Point Provincial Park on the shore of Lake Huron has one of the coolest (pun intended) attractions around: an ice skating loop in the middle of the forest. 400 metres long, the Park staff also light up the loop at night for a winter night time experience like no other. They have a change hut here too for warming up and putting your skates on.

Camping

Camping? In the winter? Sounds crazy doesn’t it? It isn’t. The yurts at MacGregor Point Provincial Park provide an easy camping experience. The yurts are warm, cozy and dry and sleep up to six people. Electric heat warms the yurts, and a cooking shelter with barbecue, plus a fire pit are perfect for an epic weekend away. And with the incredible dark skies of Bruce County, you’ll get amazing view of the stars to create memories for a lifetime.

The Grotto

Bruce Peninsula National Park is a popular hot spot all summer long, it’s even better in the winter. Which makes for an awesome experience. Depending on the snow pack, you can hike, snowshoe or cross country ski all the regular trails there. The only accessible parking lot is a bit further from the Grotto than usual, but the hike in is pretty easy and the view is easily worth the effort.