*When wandering in Ontario’s Highlands, please be aware of any local travel restrictions and guidelines. Vaccine passports accompanied by photo identification are currently required to enter some businesses.
If you’ve been dreaming about hitting the slopes and carving some fresh snow this winter, the time is now. Downhill skiing is an adrenalin-filled winter sport we wait for all year long, but no longer. Push off and begin your breathtaking descent beneath towering snow-covered trees, without travelling far from home.
From the highest vertical drop in Ontario to family-friendly skiing and snowboarding, or nighttime thrills, you can still have it all this winter at these three hills.
*Keep in mind that this year skiing will look a little different and each ski hill will have their own rules. Please take a moment to check their websites before heading out to the hill and book any tickets in advance if that is their policy.
Calabogie Peaks Resort welcomes snow-seekers of all calibers. At 238 metres, Calabogie’s Dickson Mountain has the highest skiable vertical drop in Ontario, and 24 trails that range from beginner to advanced. Beyond that, they also have multiple terrain parks and a ski/snowboard cross track so you can start practicing for the next Olympics. An added bonus: You can take a break to warm up and soak in some awesome views of the Ottawa Valley with a warm beverage or meal at the local favourite, Canthooks, located right at the base of the hill.
Mount Pakenham is situated just minutes from the charming village of Pakenham in Lanark County. This is a great family-friendly ski hill which has the added benefits of a snow tubing run and well-lit night skiing. It’s a great day trip spot, or you can continue the fun by booking an overnight stay and enjoying the cuisine of nearby Almonte. It’s also a rite of passage for those who travel to Pakenham to indulge in one of 1840s Pakenham General Store & Bakery’s homebaked treats. You’ve earned it after all!
In the rolling hills of the Haliburton Highlands you’ll find Sir Sam’s, only 15 minutes north of the town of Haliburton. This picture-perfect location makes for a stunning view from the top, overlooking a frozen Eagle Lake. Unique to Sir Sam’s is a covered magic carpet lift, so you can find your way to the top without facing the wind’s harsh sting. Sir Sam’s has launched an online reservation system where skiers will need to reserve their spot ahead of time. Tickets will only be sold online, and there will be an outdoor heated area and grab-and-go counter.