Everyone was just beginning to get a taste of normalcy again before this most recent COVID-19 wave and variant popped up and travel has begun to be put on the backburner again. During the winter we often feel as though we need an escape and even more so living through a pandemic. Just because you can’t travel internationally, does not mean that you can’t experience some rest and relaxation.
We have found some fun spots in Ontario that allow you to still have a bit of an escape from reality with some rest and relaxation. It might not be laying on a beach with a piña colada in hand but at least it is a getaway!
Niagara Falls is an iconic landmark that is a spectacular sight all year round, but the falls turn into a magical winter paradise. Expect to see massive icicles hanging from the cliff, chunks of ice floating on the surface, and three impressive cascades dropping down from 50 m. Niagara Falls is typically a hustling and bustling place but during the winter you will get to experience the peacefulness of the calming water sound and the cool mist that fills the air without a large ground. Get a hotel room with a view and watch the falls from the warmth and comfort of your room as well!
Blue Mountains Resort
The Blue Mountains Resort is located roughly 2 hours north of Toronto and is the perfect place for a winter weekend getaway. It is known to have the best ski village in Ontario. With over 42 tracks and 16 chairlifts, this ski resort is the hub of all winter activities: from skiing and snowboarding to sledding and snow tubing. Blue Mountains Village is absolutely stunning with only pedestrian access to small boutiques, cafes, and restaurants.
Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve
Torrance Barrens Conservation Area is the world’s first Dark Sky Preserve. Located far away from large cities and their bright light, Torrance Barrens can retain the natural darkness of the night. The lack of tall trees and hills also helps to provide an unobstructed view of the entire sky and horizon. Torrance Barrens is one of the best places to watch the night sky in Ontario. Although you can visit it year-round, the long cold nights of winter are ideal for stargazing. You can see the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way could with your naked eyes. You can spot the different planets in the Solar System and with the aid of a telescope, you can even see the rings of Saturn.
Don’t let the lack of travel get you down, look around and find a local getaway!
Published by HOLR Magazine.