3 Winter Weekend Getaways from Toronto

Just because the colder weather is setting in, it doesn't mean we have to confine ourselves to our condos until spring! Torontonians are known for loving the summertime cottage life, but we tend to forget that there are plenty of great ways to escape the city in the winter as well. 

When you get tired of staring at slushy grey streets, why got plan a weekend getaway to one of these country locations where you can enjoy the winter weather in all its natural beauty. 

1. Niagara

Niagara is always a popular summertime spot, but it's got plenty to offer in the winter as well. The streets are quieter, the shops are less crowded, and you're guaranteed to get a dinner reservation at the restaurant of your choice. The streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake are extra pretty when they're lit up with Christmas lights and the Niagara Falls are stunning in the winter with all the snow and ice in the river. Now is the perfect time to plan a trip because the weeks leading up to Christmas offer plenty of special events like the Candlelight Stroll for Christmas Carolers, and the Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls. 

image via sandbanksvacations.com

image via sandbanksvacations.com

2. Prince Edward County

 Also a popular summer spot, Prince Edward County is the perfect place to cocoon in the wintertime. Curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee to watch the snow fall or really dive into the winter weather with cross-country skiing, ice fishing, or snowshoeing. There are also winter festivals and carnivals in both January and February. Prince Edward County is the perfect getaway if you're afraid of losing touch with Toronto nightlife. The Drake and the Dakota both have locations in PEC that offer live music events. 

image via Westin Blue Mountain

image via Westin Blue Mountain

3. Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain is known for its skiing, but it's a great getaway even if you don't plan on hitting the slopes. There are plenty of Spas to help you unwind, or if you're looking for lower-impact ways to enjoy the outdoors you can go skating, snowshoeing, or ride in a horse-drawn sleigh. There's also plenty of restaurant and shopping for when you need to warm up!

I'm definitely going to plan a weekend out of the city this winter since it really is a season best enjoyed around nature. Are you planning any winter getaways?