With the temperatures dropping, Ontario winter events are gearing up for their debut. Across the province, many magical and exciting events are being set up to entertain people of all ages! Even if you prefer the warm comfort of your home, one of these events is sure to be a draw. Best of all, as they are many days (or even weeks long), you won’t need to contend with the crowds. So put on your parka, pull up the warm socks and throw on a toque and head out to enjoy one of these Ontario winter events.

NIAGARA FALLS’ FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS – NOVEMBER 18 TO JANUARY 31

An 8km long route is fully illuminated with lights and sounds of the holiday season. It includes a three-dimensional wildlife display, the world’s largest Canadian-American flag, Noah’s Ark and a light show. There is also a laser light show, weekly fireworks, concerts, and much more! Best of all, the experience is free (but, donations are accepted.) You can even double up and attend the Icewine Festival (January 12-28) at the same time. Now that’s truly something for everyone! Learn more about the Festival of Lights here.

BLUE MOUNTAIN’S CELEBRATE WINTER – JANUARY 20 TO 21

One of Ontario’s best ski resorts runs a special event in January they call Celebrate Winter. The event is a mix of activities for two days that cover everything you could enjoy! There’s skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. You can go snowshoeing, check out snow sculptures and sample delicious foods and drinks. There are even a maple sugar shacks and wine for the adults. And best of all, the evening will feature a large firework show! One of the Ontario Winter events worth attending.

OTTAWA’S WINTERLUDE – FEBRUARY 2 TO 19

Winterlude is by far one of the best Ontario winter events! The three-weekend event is back to dazzle and amaze locals and those driving in from around Ontario. You’ll get to check out the Ice Dragon Boats race down the frozen Rideau Canal. The International Ice-Carving competition will impress and delight. And the Snowflake Kingdom, a GIANT winter playground for all ages will be built again! It’s an amazing event that you’ll fall in love with.

CANADIAN POND HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP – JANUARY 26 TO FEBRUARY 4

Return to hockey’s roots by playing it on a frozen lake! The 2018 Canadian Pond Hockey Championship sees over 1000 players join up on teams to compete for a variety of prizes. Weekend One is all about open play for men and women (24+), along with corporate teams (19+). Weekend Two focuses on the competitive play in the 35+, and 50+ groups. A massive lake in Haliburton is turned into several playing areas. Not only that, but there’s obviously adult beverages, entertainment, and opportunities to enjoy some time off the ice.

BRONTE CREEK MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL – MARCH 3 TO APRIL 1

When the maple syrup starts flowing, the Festival gets going! Maple Syrup is by far one of Canada’s best treats, and getting it straight from the source is a treat every Canadian needs to experience. Bronte Creek Provincial Park is home to a Maple Syrup Festival that pulls in the masses. You can see how maple syrup is extracted, try it fresh, and enjoy maple taffy. There’s animals, an activity centre and games for the kids. Then hit up the food area for some pancakes and sausages before grabbing a bottle to go and calling it a day. Don’t miss one of the sweetest Ontario Winter events!

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