People hiking along sandy and snowy Bruce County shoreline

Do Winter the Right Way

While many people love to hygge it up or even escape to the tropics in winter, we dare you to fully embracing the snowy days, icy rinks, and cool temps.

The peace and serenity of the fresh fallen snow, your choice of outdoor activities, no bugs and fewer people to contend with means Bruce County is a perfect winter getaway destination.

With 12 unique towns and dozens of hamlets in between, a huge diversity of natural landscapes and a very long list of ways to have fun outdoors, you just have to come this way and be an explorer.

When the snow flies, head for a winter hike with rewarding views or ice skate on an outdoor skating loop beneath snow-frosted trees.

Adventure is calling. Add these activities to your itinerary.

Snowshoe Bruce County in winter scene

SNOWSHOEING

Explore one of the many trails, rated for all levels. Enjoy free and incredibly scenic day hikes.

Prepare for snow and ice, know what to expect and stay hydrated.

Download our Trails Map to see some of the best hiking trails and how to access them.

Person riding fat bike in winter landscape

FAT BIKING

A fat bike is a bicycle with over-sized tires, which allows you to ride on soft, unstable terrain such as snow.

Rent a fat bike at Martin’s Bicycle Shop, located at 235 High Street in Southampton.

People cross country skiing in winter

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

With so many cross-country ski trails across Bruce County, you can choose your preferred length and level of difficulty. Even choose your scenic vista!

Afterwards, head into the nearest downtown and enjoy a hot lunch.

Download our Trails Map to see some of the best ski trails and how to access them.

Two people hiking in winter

HIKING

With endless natural beauty to enjoy, hiking is a must-do on your itinerary. But please make sure you’re prepared for winter hiking – it can quickly get very cold when the temp drops and wind chill sets in.

Download our Trails Map to see all the best hiking trails and how to access them.

Cozy Winter Retreats to Help You Hibernate in Style

After a long day of play, cozy up by the fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa, surrounded by those who matter most. These cozy boutique hotels and lodges are exactly what you need. 

Two people wearing robes at Beach Motel, entering sauna.

The Beach Motel in Southampton

Where’s the Fun on Family Day Weekend?

Discover one or all of our local parks and conservation areas with your crew on Family Day weekend.

Not sure where to go? Here’s some highlights to help you decide on your destination:

Stoney Island Conservation Area is located along the shores of Lake Huron, north of the town of Kincardine. Cross-country ski and snowshoe up to 6 km of trails an enjoy breathtaking views of the lake.

Discover nature at its finest. The white limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment melt into the blue clear water of Georgian Bay at Lion’s Head Provincial Park. Take the family on an adventurous hike, but be well prepared with snacks and water as this park is not serviced. Trails are rugged and be prepared to take your garbage with you. Don’t forget to stop in the town of Lion’s Head for a delicious lunch and more sightseeing.

Experience winter camping, ice skating, cross-country skiing and winter hiking on over 20 km of trails through this wooded and picturesque Provincial Park.

Visit a Sugar Bush

Seeing real maple syrup production is a truly Canadian experience. Treat yourself and the whole family to the sweet freshness of maple syrup. Many family-run maple syrup producers, who make small, craft batches of syrup, offer experiences for you and your family.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO. Maple season runs from early March to mid to late April.