Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring tingle tingling too
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you!
– The Carpenters
When it’s frosty outside and the ground is covered in a soft blanket of fresh snow, gliding through the forest behind a horse (or two) can make you feel like you are flying. Sounds are muffled as you sit cocooned in the magic of the moment, with nothing to break the stillness beyond the soft “whuff” of your horses’ breath as they trot.
Whether your sleigh is drawn by horses or tractor, a sleigh ride in Ontario’s Highlands is an old-fashioned wintry experience that will take you into the region’s untouched forests like no other. This is one of the best ways to experience Ontario’s Highlands diverse landscape, without making you shiver.
Bundle up and head out for these memory-making experiences that will keep you warm when the air turns frosty. The Carpenters would approve.
Location: Pakenham, ON
When: Mid-November to December 24
Time: Mon to Thurs: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat and Sun: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is a two-for-one old fashioned holiday experience for the whole family. Bundle up on a tractor-drawn sleigh or wagon ride over hills and fields to select and cut down your very own Christmas tree at Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm. They even provide the saw! When you arrive back at the farm shop, you can warm up by the fire with a delicious cup of hot cocoa while your tree is wrapped up for the trip home, and watch little ones tobogganing in the twilight.
Location: Beckwith, ON
When: November 23 to December 22
Time: Thurs and Fri: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sat and Sun: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Mon to Wed: Closed
This fun, holiday-themed adventure park is a family tradition in the making! Bring the whole family to Ian’s Christmas Adventure Park for a scenic wagon ride out to Ho Ho Lake, and then cozy up to the campfire with a free cup of hot chocolate. An on-site skating rink and sliding hill offer the perfect winter activities for adrenaline seekers, young and old. Don’t miss Santa’s woodland workshop, or a stroll down Candy Cane Lane to see the night lights, or (and this is the best part!) an old-fashioned frolic in the new hay barn.
Location: Pakenham, ON
When: Saturdays and Sundays, February 15 to April 19, 2020
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Combine a sweet maple experience with the magic of a sleigh ride at Fulton’s Pancake House and explore the rugged terrain of Lanark County’s hardwood maple forests. Savour a pancake breakfast, then bring a blanket and sit back and relax while local sleigh operator, Mitchell’s Sleigh Rides, guides his beautiful draft horses along forested trails. There’s plenty of room to cozy up in these cheery red sleighs. Sleigh rides leave from the playground area at the sugarbush every 15 to 20 minutes, so if you miss one ride don’t panic! There will be another along shortly. There is a minimal charge of $3 per person.
Location: Essonville Line – Tory Hill, ON
When: Bookable December –March, with trips planned December 15, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, February 14
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Climb aboard for this sleighing adventure and listen to the stories of local character Irvin Holland as his horses pull you through forest, field, and a hardwood maple sugar bush before meeting the oh-so-entertaining resident donkey family. We dare you not to feel holly and jolly after this adventure. Cost is $20 per adult; youth are $15 and children are $10.
Location: Bancroft, ON
When: December to April, upon request
When the world is carpeted in a blanket of snow is when Rockfield Farm is just gearing up for the season. Cozy up with a sleigh ride in a sled made for two, for a swoon-worthy romantic winter adventure. Local operator, Cec Andrus and h is team of Belgian horses take guests to a secluded forest glen where couples can warm up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and are left together to bask in the romance of the moment. Couples leave with a gift and photo to remember the romantic bliss. Talk about an #Instaworthy romantic experience! By appointment only.
We couldn’t resist! This may not be a horse-drawn sleigh ride, but it’s still technically a sleigh ride! If you love the romance and magic of a horse-drawn sleigh ride, consider running with the pack on a dogsledding adventure.