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Winter Adventures with Dog Sledding

The best part of travel is finding those “OMG” moments. The ones that surprise, challenge and amaze you so much that they send a tingling down your spine; you know, in those moments, that you’re going to remember them forever.

In Ontario’s Highlands, moments like this are found around every corner. But in the winter time especially, they are made for crossing off a bucket list.

Check out the list below for five chilly experiences that you’ll want to mark off the list, and tell everyone about.

Ice Climbing Adventures

Whether you go by guide or with a gang of friends, this winter ice climbing is the latest activity to get adventure seekers outdoors. For those new to the sport, try a customized guided trip with Yours Outdoors, where you can take on the challenge of climbing a 50ft man-made ice wall with the beauty of #MyHaliburtonHighlands as your backdrop. With experienced instructors on hand and safety equipment provided, nothing but the thrill of adventure will be on your mind. Afterwards, celebrate your icy feat with hot beverages in a warming hut.

If do-it-yourself ice climbing is more your style, head to the Madawaska Highlands or Calabogie areas for some of Ontario’s best and most scenic climbing. Warmer weather and salt run-off from encroaching urban development in southern parts of the province mean adventure seekers increasingly look further north for reliable conditions, meaning the cliffs and crags of Ontario’s Highlands make for the perfect climbing destination year after year.

Dogsledding in Snow Country

Feel crisp snow mixed with soft fur as you become one with the pack and try your hand at mushing with Winterdance Dogsled Tours. Located on the doorstep of Algonquin Park, there’s nothing quite like a ride with 150 purebred Siberian Huskies on 5000 acres of private rugged wilderness. Book a tour with Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve and let their friendly Siberian Huskies share their excitement for the winter season along 300 km of trails before mingling with the dogs during a tour of the kennel.

Winter Yurts and Backcountry Skiing

Ontario’s Highlands’ ample Crown Land territory offers a rare opportunity in crowded southern Ontario – the chance to escape from it all. Visions of city skyscrapers and sprawling suburbs will fade into memory once you’ve arrived at one of our trails, ready to explore uncharted territory. Or choose to survey uninhabited pockets of pristine winter wilderness on a groomed trail by snowshoe or ski at Silent Lake Provincial Park. Here, you’ll find more than 40 km of ready-for-you cross-country ski trails all accessible from the same entry point, including loops for all level of skiers and an 8 km trail groomed especially for skate-skiing. Warm-up huts stocked with stove and firewood dot the trails, welcoming trail-goers seeking a place to rest and exchange adventure stories. When you’re done wandering the great outdoors at Silent Lake, fall fast asleep amidst the wondrous quiet of the woods, in a cozy, classic yurt (the park has 10!)

Roaring Snowmobiles

Recharge your batteries with high-energy adventure, found around every nook and cranny in Ontario’s Highands. Quench your need for speed from the front seat of a roaring snowmobile, weaving the groomed trails of Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve or make fresh tracks riding past frozen lakes, sparkling forests and farmland on the Hastings Highland Tour anticipating each new discovery behind every bend of terrain.

Photo Credit: Winterdance Dogsled Tours


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