Best of Toronto 2013: Winter Attractions

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

Our readers have spoken! We have our winner for the Best Winter Attraction in Ontario... with some close honourable mentions. Thank you to everyone who voted! These are your top 5 Winter Attractions.

1st Place and Winner of Best Winter Attraction in Ontario:

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
16160 Highway 12 East, Midland, ON L4R 4K6 | 705-526-7809
Midland’s #1 nature exploration location! Escape, explore, experience! Situated on 3,000 acres of National Wildlife Area in the beautiful Wye Valley (Georgian Bay), it is that perfect place for a family or group outing. With over 25 km of hiking/biking/skiing trails, canoe/kayak routes, an observation tower, and boardwalks, visitors can get closer to nature. There is a lot to see and do at the Wye Marsh in all seasons. The nature centre is open year round, and Winter activities include snowshoeing, birds of prey demonstrations, cross country skiing, and chickadee feeding. Winter is the best time of year to see the magnificent Trumpeter Swans in their natural habitat. Seasonal Camps are offered for kids throughout the year, and look out for their Sweetwater Harvest Festival March 29th and 30th.

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in Midland

Snowshoeing at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

Honourable Mentions

2nd Place - Horseshoe Resort
101 Horseshoe Valley Road, Barrie, ON L4M 4Y8 | 1-855-835-2790
Adventures await you at Horseshoe Resort, only one hour north of Toronto. Whether you’re here for family fun, an inspired meeting at our Conference Centre or a romantic getaway, there’s a whole world of things to do. Imagine 26 Alpine ski and snowboard runs, 35 kms of groomed track set Nordic trails, terrain park with over 20 features. There's also snowtubing at Horseshoe's Adventure Park! The Horseshoe Resort Snow School offers an extensive variety of ski and snowboard lessons and programs for all ages and abilities. Whether you are looking to refine your skills on a variety of terrain or just looking to learn a new sport with your family, our Snow School has the program for you.

Horseshoe Resort in Barrie

3rd Place - Ski Dagmar
1220 Lake Ridge Road, Uxbridge, ON L0B 1A0 | 905-649-2002
Located minutes east of Toronto, North of Pickering and Ajax, Dagmar Resort is located in the beautiful Oak Ridge’s Moraine. As the Number 1 family resort, Dagmar provides a fun and friendly skiing experience for the whole family. Open 7 days and 6 nights weekly. With fully lit hills, nighttime skiing, or boarding is a wonderfully classic experience! A beautiful chalet offers a warm, welcoming setting where you can enjoy the beautiful views overlooking the slopes. Dagmar Ski Resort also offers Winter and March Break camps for kids.

Ski Dagmar in Uxbridge

4th Place -  Humber Arboretum
205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto, ON M9W 5L7 | 416-675-5009
Located behind Humber College's North campus, the Humber Arboretum consists of botanical gardens and natural areas surrounding the Humber River. This unique site is home to the Carolinian bioregion, the most diverse ecosystem in Canada, and boasts over 1,700 species of plants and animals. The Humber Arboretum covers approximately 250 acres (101 ha) of the West Humber River Valley between Highway 27 and the 427 and is easily accessed from Humber College Blvd. It includes over six kilometers of walking trails. The trails and gardens are free and accessible to the general public. Winter activities include: snowshoeing, tobogganing, and nature walks. The Centre also offers Winter and March Break camps for kids.

Humber Arboretum in Toronto

5th Place -  Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
260/280 Scenic Caves Road, Blue Mountains, ON | 705-446-0256
This spectacular Winter playground at the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment is set in one of Canada’s six UNESCO biosphere reserves. The suspension bridge features panoramic view of Georgian Bay and the varied, picturesque nature trails range from gentle rolling slopes to steep climbs. Winter activities include groomed cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and traversing 420 feet over Southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge. Inspired by nature, the trails wind through a 200 year old forest rich with wildlife.

Scenic Caves in Collingwood

Congratulations again to all the winners and thank you to everyone who participated!

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