Church lit during Alight at Night festival Winter Wonderland

It’s a Winter Wonderland

There is no better time of year to enjoy the picturesque backdrop of the St. Lawrence River than Winter. There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy, and many spots to cosy up by the fireplace afterwards. You can’t ask for a better winter backdrop than the Upper Canada Region.

1. Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village

Alight at Named was named one of Canada’s Top 10 Winter Vacation Experiences by the Globe and Mail. Now with more than one million lights adorning the buildings, fences and trees, laser beam technology lighting is added throughout the Village to give just a bit more magic to your visit. Enjoy a ride on the Ferris wheel, an adventure in the Mistletoe Maze or a horse-drawn wagon ride! 

2. Sleigh Rides

Dashing through the snow has never been made easier than with horse drawn sleigh rides through mountains of snow. Sit back and enjoy the country scenery at McMaze, which offers sleigh and wagon rides throughout the season.

3. Antique Shops

With such a rich history, it’s fitting that the Upper Canada Region has a wide array of antique shops including McHaffie Flea Market -one of largest in Eastern Ontario, Barnfull O’ Goodies or The Encore Shoppe, which will open in a new location in mid-2016. You’re bound to find that one-of-a- kind gem you’ve been searching for!

4. St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage

For the cool tones of Winter, take in an acoustic music show. This intimate theatre experience is now in its ninth season and has featured acts such as Serena Ryder and most recently, the Great Lakes Swimmers

5. Warm Up with Comfort Food

Local Bed & Breakfasts are bursting with character and history. After a restful sleep, you’ll be treated to fresh, home cooked breakfasts prepared by reputed cooks. To find your perfect stay, try Upper Canada Accommodations, Russell Manor B&B, Nightingale House, Elizabeth Manor B&B or 27 Roses B&B. 

6. Snowy Scene

For skiing, snowshoeing or hiking, the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary has plenty of winter trails ready for your outdoor adventure. The Upper Canada Region is also home to endless kilometres of snowmobiling trails and a number of favourite Ice Fishing spots, including Hoople’s Creek in Long Sault.