#1 Ice Skating Trails
Muskoka is the Ice Skating Trail Capital of Canada, with three ice skating trails to lace ’em up on for an unforgettable winter experience!
#2 Big Wheels! Fat Biking through the snowy wilderness
No other winter activity has grown in popularity as much as fat biking in recent years. Fat biking is one of the greatest winter activities you can get into, and it is so simple to do. Liv Outside in Bracebridge has rentals and trails on-site, and Algonquin Outfitters in Huntsville has bikes for rent with trails nearby.
#3 Winter Crafts
Be sure to check out the seasonal beers from our local craft breweries, Lake of Bays Brewing Co, Muskoka Brewery, and Sawdust City Brewing Co. Sampling and tastings are always offered throughout regular business hours.
One way to get your craft beer fix is with Brew Tours, a chartered bus tour that showcases all three of these breweries with a lunch stop at a popular gastropub.
With over 1200 km of exceptionally groomed trails and unlimited touring opportunities, we’ve got your snow! For the inexperienced, guided tours with rentals are available from Backcountry Tours or Muskoka Stay n’ Play Tours. If you have your own sled, Muskoka offers some of the best sled and stay packages you will find!
#5 Mush! The Ultimate Winter Bucket-List Experience
The thrill of the Arctic and one of the great Canadian winter experiences is ready for you to try in Muskoka. Mush through the beautiful Muskoka wilderness behind your team of dogs at North Ridge Ranch.
#6 Skiing Cross Country
Muskoka has 100’s of kms of top notch cross country ski trails, so it is no wonder that skiers flock from all corners of the province to strap on the skis. A number of resorts even boast their own cross country ski trails so you can sleep, eat and play, all in one place: Bayview Wildwood Resort (8km), Cedar Grove Lodge (10km), Deerhurst Resort (5km), Bondi Village Cottage Resort (15km) and Sherwood Inn (1km).
#7 High Adrenaline Adventure! Ice Climbing
This exhilarating adventure takes winter fun to new heights! This guided tour from Liv Outside includes equipment and instruction for a safe, extraordinary experience.
#8 All Things Downhill
Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area is ideal for skiers of all levels with eleven runs, a terrain park, kids camps, childcare, as well as ski & snowboard instruction and rentals. Ski and Stay packages are available from Deerhurst Resort and Hidden Valley Resort, both right next door to the ski hill.
#9 One Horse Open Sleigh Rides
Is there anything more magical than a horse drawn sleigh ride through a winter wonderland? Perfect winter activity for an afternoon with your family or a romantic evening ride with your hunny. Back of Beyond Equine Centre and Twin Maples Farm both offer memorable winter sleigh rides at their farms.
#10 Ice Fishing
The great Canadian winter pastime, ice fishing is tremendously popular in Muskoka. New to the sport? Muskoka Stay n’ Play Tours offers guided ice fishing tours complete with gear, heated hut, bait, and will even prepare your catch out on the ice for lunch!
Honourable Mention: Snowshoeing
It is tough to have a list of Muskoka winter activities and not include snowshoeing. Snowshoeing was quite likely the very first winter activity ever tried in Muskoka, although back then snowshoes were used more for necessity than recreation. Recreational snowshoeing is immensely popular in Muskoka today, featuring hundreds of kms of great trails throughout the region. For the less avid snowshoer that needs to rent snowshoes, Try one of these great trail systems that have rentals on-site: Liv Outside, Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh, Gravenhurst KOA and Arrowhead Provincial Park.
Stay AND Play!