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Blue Mountain Resort | 10 Non-Skiing Winter Activities

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If you’ve been in Toronto during wintertime, you probably heard someone mention they’re heading to Blue Mountain for the weekend.

Just an hour and half drive north of Toronto, Blue Mountain is Ontario’s largest mountain village ski resort, nestled between the foothills of the Niagara Escarpment’s scenic Blue Mountains and the rugged shores of Georgian Bay. The main activity is, of course, skiing and snowboarding on one of Blue Mountain’s 42 ski trails. But, if that’s not your forte or you’ve fallen or crashed down the slopes one too many times (like I always do), you don’t need to sit in the chalet and wait for your friends to finish skiing or snowboarding. Instead, you can visit Blue Mountain Village guest services and book an activity. Here is a list of the top 10 winter activities you can do on or nearby Blue Mountain Resort:

  1. Ride a horse

Location: off resort, 302 Grey County Rd 21, The Blue Mountains

You’ve probably horseback ridden before, but did you do it in the snow? Mountain View Stables is located just five minutes from Blue Mountain Resort. The trail ride takes you through a scenic meadow, past streams, where the ski slopes come into view in the distance. The horses are calm and know their way around the trails, that they sometimes take shortcuts. The horse stable has many other animals, like pigs, which you can occupy yourself with, while you wait for the horses to get ready for the trail ride.

Horse Blue Mountain

 


  1. Drive a Snowmobile

Location: off resort, 574751 Rd 57D, Ravenna

My favourite winter activity and it’s fun as hell. If you haven’t been skidooing, Ride on Rentals lets you test your skills in a large, snowy field. Once you gain the hang of it, join a scenic snowmobile ride through a snowy, barren forest. Watch your navigation though, when I went, someone crashed and uprooted a small tree.

Snowmobiling

  1. Go Dog Sledding

Location: off resort, 469358 Grey Rd 31, Singhampton

Whether or not you love dogs (who doesn’t though?!), this activity is the epitome of winter-living. At Rob Roy Farm, stand behind the sled and drive an adorable pack of purebred Siberian huskies as they haul you through the snow. Check out the nearby igloos and enjoy a mug of hot chocolate after

Dog sledding

  1. Hike in Snowshoes

Location: off resort, pick up from Blue Mountain Village

There are multiple snowshoe hikes to pick from: a guided night snowshoe hike, snowshoe and wine tasting tour and a Hummer and snowshoe hike. Whether you’d like to snowshoe along scenic, moonlit trails and discover animal nightlife, tour the Georgian Hills Vineyards to enjoy local wine and cheese, or be driven ‘military style’ up a mountain to enjoy panoramic views of Georgian Bay, snowshoeing provides hours worth of adventure whether solo or with family or friends.

  1. Ice Skate

Location: on resort

A bit easier than skiing or snowboarding, skate along a 1.1 km mountaintop ice skating loop, while enjoying the views of the Niagara Escarpment, or skate on Mill Pond in Blue Mountain Village. Ice skate rentals are available and all skill levels are welcome.

Ice-skating

  1. Explore caves

Location: off resort, pick up from Blue Mountain Village

Snowshoe through the woods to explore some of the Niagara Escarpment’s uniquely formed caves. Once at the caves, you will take off you snowshoes and enter inside. You’ll be climbing and crawling to navigate the caves and it’s a whole different world underground! A great activity for families.

Cave

 


  1. Ride the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster

Location: on resort

Decide your speed on this ride. Alone or with a passenger, cruise along the track’s twists and turns or race up to 42 km/hour with a self-controlled accelerator. And the best thing? Lineups are usually short because multiple people are allowed to ride at a time.

Ridge Runner

 

  1. Visit Blue Mountain Village

Location: on resort

A quaint-looking village with turn-of-the-century Ontario architecture. Its boasts family accommodations, restaurants, cafes and clothing stores. Enjoy the classic Canadian dessert, Beaver Tails, by frozen Mill Pond or while you browse through the shops.

Blue Mountain resort

  1. Connect with Wolves

Guided by a former forest ranger, gain knowledge on how the wolf lives in a functioning ecosystem. Wolves once populated large portions of Canada, but were hunted to near extinction. Wolves are legendary because of their howl, which they use to communicate. You will howl like a wolf and hopefully garner a response.

Location: off resort, pick up from Blue Mountain Village

Wolf

  1. Relax at a Spa

Location: on resort

There is a plethora of spas on and off Blue Mountain Resort, but the Scandinave Spa is popular for a reason. Famous for its Finnish hydrotherapy approach, the Scandinave Spa claims to effectively release tensions in both the mind and the body with its cycle of hot-cold-relax. You’ll leave this spa detoxified and relaxed, with improved blood circulation.

Scandinave Spa

Blue Mountain Resort offers a wonderful way to enjoy snow and engage in Canadian activities that don’t necessarily involve hitting the slopes. What’s your favourite way to spend the winter?

 

Samah
Samah is a Toronto-based freelance writer, digital marketer and former public servant. Needing more creative inspiration, she purchased a camera for motivation to travel and explore. You can catch her hiking or roaming urban landscapes, camera slung over the shoulder, with an iced chai latte in one hand and checking Instagram in the other.
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  • Cassie
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    Wow! I’m totally sold. It looks incredible. I really need to visit blue mountain, I wanna ride with the dogs, have a spa and do the luge thing . I reckon it must be pretty easy to get to Canada from Mexico…

    1. Samah Khan
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      There’s just one country to hurdle over… shouldn’t be too difficult, unless you know who imposes a bad hombre travel ban (eye roll).

  • Dada
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    I don’t ski so this post is perfect for me! Firts of all, at the end of the year and being a stay at home mum the only thing I am craving for right now is a full day with massages! Then I would be ready to tackle some awesome winter activities in the Blue Mountain. I love snowshoeing so that would be already on the list but I have never done it in the night! And another fun thing to do would be the dog sledging!

    1. Samah Khan
      Reply

      I’m glad you found this post helpful! Seems like you have it all planned, now you just need to visit 🙂

  • James
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    This is a very unique post, I haven’t done anything from the 10 activities listed! Well…..maybe I have done the last one, relaxing in a spa! Riding a horse in the snow is something I’ve only seen in the movies – I’m thinking Hateful Eight! Snow walking I nearly had the chance to do but chose snow biking instead. I’d imagine whilst snow walking you would have wonderful photo opportunities. Again connecting with Wolves reminds me of a move – The Grey.

    1. Samah Khan
      Reply

      I need to look into those movies. And snow biking (???)

      (runs to Google)

  • Lisa
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    This is absolutely stunning! I’d really like to experience a Canadian winter one day, and I hate the cold! The Blue Mountain Village is so pretty with all those lights, and I’d love to try dog sledding just once! A really lovely, and wintry resort.

    1. Samah Khan
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      It’s constant battle between wanting cold in the summer and wanting summer during the winter. But if you can’t beat the snow, may as well make the best of it!

  • Ana
    Reply

    Great tips! Nice photos, too!

  • Heather
    Reply

    This place is absolutely gorgeous with so many things to do! I’m ready to pack my bags and head to Canada!!! Pinning and adding to my list of places to travel!

  • Christin
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    Wow! I would love to go there sometimes and do all of things! I don’t know that I would stay at the spa because I get a discount with my employee status at a hotel lol but I would enjoy that spa day! This definitely looks like a weeks trip to me! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Samah Khan
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      No problem, Christin. Hope you visit!

  • Sally
    Reply

    This place looks amazing we will definitely put it on our bucket list hopefully it will be one hour destination in the near future

  • Jen @Jenron-Designs
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    The Scandinave Spa looks divine, and the list has so many great thing to do. I need to pin this list and visit very soon.

  • Lois Alter Mark
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    As someone who would choose a spa session over a ski trip any day of the week, this seems like my kind of mountain resort. Even without a skier in tow, I’d love to visit Blue Mountain for these activities alone. Plus, who wouldn’t want to wander around that beautiful village with a warm cup of hot chocolate in hand?

    1. Samah Khan
      Reply

      The village is really beautiful – especially at night!

  • Payton
    Reply

    Oh My! This looks like an awesome place! I am not a big snow person. But with activities like these, I would totally be happy. I have always wanted to dog sled! And wolves — Count me in. How cool! My friends invited me to go shoe shoeing soon. Now that I am inspired by this snowy post, I just might have to say yes. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Estefania
    Reply

    You had me at ‘explore caves’ this place looks absolutely amazing, you’d need longer than a weekend to explore!

  • Sarah
    Reply

    Oh, wow! I’ve been thinking about visiting Blue Mountain since I’ve moved to Toronto, but I had no idea there is so much to do there!

  • Kate
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    Such beautiful snow!! I’m not usually much of a cold weather person, but I’d make an exception for a gorgeous snowy destination. On Blue Mountain I’d love to go dog sledding, hiking in snowshoes, and see the wolves! And ski, of course. I’d probably skip the roller coaster though–brr!!

  • Suma
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    Wow, the Blue Mountain village and the Spa views are just incredible. The activities sound super fun, perfect for a winter getaway. I have never spent my winter vacation in a place like this, would love visit this during winter. Looks magical!

  • Bhusha
    Reply

    That’s interesting. Not everyone would want to do skiing. Esp in family travels, not everyone can do skiing. Its good to see so many other options too for all fitness levels in the same location. The spa definitely looks inviting…

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