Families that Play Together, Stay Together!
There is no shortage of winter fun and family memories to be made in our winter wonderland. Bundle up, get active and get outdoors with the whole fam this winter and start make winter memories that will last a lifetime!
Horse Drawn Winter Sleigh Rides
Probably one of our most popular family activities is a horse drawn sleigh or wagon ride through the stunning Muskoka back country. Back of Beyond Equine Centre has a great family package that can accommodate up to 14, and Twin Maples Farm offers wagon rides and carriage rides for up to 16 people at their farm.
Muskoka’s winter carnivals truly epitomize the charm of our small towns. Each offer their own unique twist on this wonderful family tradition.
Fire & Ice Bracebridge: January 27, 2018
Port Carling Winterfest: February 2 – 4, 2018
Dwight Winter Carnival: February 9 – 10, 2018
Gravenhurst Winter Carnival: February 15 – 19, 2018
The Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival: February 16 – 17, 2018
Do away with the tablets and the phones and the Netflix for an afternoon. Bring the family together for a day of ice fishing and quality time. If you are looking for a guided fishing tour, Muskoka Stay n’ Play Tours can get you everything you need, while Muskoka Shores Cottages has ice huts for rent on Three Mile Lake.
Memorial Park Winter Village
The whole family can skate until their heart’s content at this wonderful park-like skating trail located right in the heart of downtown Bracebridge. After your skate, take the family to one of the nearby shops for a round of hot chocolate. The Pasta Shoppe Bakery & Fine Foods is just steps away and is home to Muskoka’s famous Maple buttertarts and a great line-up of hot bevvies!
Winter Tubing and More at Arrowhead Provincial Park
Flying downhill on a tube or toboggan should bring back some nostalgia from your childhood. Arrowhead Provincial Park has a groomed tubing track with tubes on-site, and access to the park also gives you access to their snowshoe trails and the famous ice skating trail. Fun all day!
This is an experience the kids will always remember. North Ridge Ranch in Huntsville offers dog sledding excursions all winter long and there is enough room on the trails for the whole family.
A family game of pond hockey is the quintessential Canadian winter experience. Don’t forget to load your thermos with hot chocolate!
Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh has flooded one of their cranberry beds and created regulation outdoor pond hockey rinks. Give them a call to book the rink.
Cann Lake in Huntsville is a well maintained outdoor rink with hockey nets on the ice.
The Port Sydney Rink on Mary Lake is kept in good shape throughout the winter, has hockey nets and even has lights for a night game.
Snowshoeing is an inclusive activity for all ages and skill levels and one of the easiest ways to bring the entire family together!
If you want a fun and interactive snowshoeing experience, let a local expert take you into Muskoka’s wondrous back-country with a guided snowshoe tour. These expert adventurers will show you the ropes while providing your group with interesting knowledge and facts only a local could know.
Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area
There is only one place to hit the slopes in Muskoka, and families love it here! Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area is a family-friendly hill, challenging enough for the avid skier but plenty of runs for the beginners as well.
A family fat biking adventure might bring back fun memories of teaching your kids how to ride a bike. Now they might be teaching you how to ride a bike … in the snow!
If you are looking for a new family adventure that is a bit off the beaten path, this is it!
Zig Zag Escape Rooms
What better way to connect with each other than to lock yourself in a cabin with your family. Escape rooms are all the rage, and Zig Zag’s escape cabins are the ultimate in family adventure. Families work together, submerging themselves in the story, solving puzzles, codes, clues and problems and discovering hidden secrets. The family games remain challenging but with a twist to ensure all can remain involved and enthusiastic throughout the adventure. Perfect for ages 10 and up.
Looking for some fun indoors? KIDZONE at Muskoka Discovery Centre is an interactive and high energy space designed especially for families with children. Some of the awesome activities in KIDZONE include:
- Advanced Float Plane Simulator
- LEGO building creative centre
- Die Cutter station
- KEVA Plank building zone
- Interactive Water Table
- Giant chalk board wall
- A Muskoka camp site
- Board games and movies
- Much, much more!
As the days get warmer and winter turns into spring, take the family for the generational tradition of visiting the sugar shack. The sweet aroma of boiling sap in the air, rolling syrup in the snow to make taffy, and meeting the maple syrup producer is all a part of the fun. Build your own adventure on the Muskoka Maple Trail, a collection of maple experiences that includes sugar bush tours, pancake breakfasts, maple baked goodies and more!
Yamaha Mini Sled Rides
How cool are these machines? For ages 6 – 14, take your kids on a 30-minute ride at Deerhurst Resort, instruction, gear, and rental are all included. Your kids are going to live this!
Stay and Play