Skiing In Ontario
Although this province does not have the Rockies or the Laurentians there is a wide array of winter sports options, thanks to ski resorts located near the provincial capital city of Toronto, Canada’s capital of Ottawa and even as far as northern Ontario.
Ontario Snow Resorts Association has a complete listing available on their website of all the areas around the province. Last count their was 53 options to choose from. Where to start when looking for an option?
The top ski areas in and around Ottawa are Calabogies Peaks and Camp Fortune.
Calabogies Peaks has 70 skiable acres serviced by 11 lifts. There is a vertical of around 760 feet and 18 runs. It’s located less than an hour from Ottawa. Calabogie Peaks is celebrating its’ 41st year and is eastern Canada’s biggest skisport resort. Lots to do in and around the area in both winter and summer.
Camp Fortune is 15 minutes drive from downtown Ottawa in the beautiful hills of the Gatineau’s. Camp Fortune is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year. Camp Fortune ski resort has a long-standing reputation as one of the finest ski hills near Ottawa. They offer the highest vertical in the area, 23 runs, terrain park and 7 lifts. They have 12 lit runs for night skiing and boarding with full snowmaking capacity.
Ontario’s largest ski resort Blue Mountain and Mount St. Louise Moonstone are a quick two-hour trip north from Toronto. There are also some smaller ski resorts located just outside of the city such as Hidden Valley and Horseshoe Resort.
Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest ski resort located in Collingwood offers a wide array of activities both on and off the hill. Blue Mountain has a lot to offer: five terrain parks, 13 lifts, more than 34 trails, and some of the highest vertical drops in Ontario: 216 metres. If you’re a fan of night skiing, Blue Mountain has 11 lifts and 25 trails under the lights.
Blue Mountain resort is also very popular for the abundance of activities you can do when visiting the Village. Apart from skiing and snowboarding, the favourite winter activities are skating, snow-tubing, winter caving, night tours, snowmobiling, and snow shoeing. There are five unique hotels surrounding the Blue Mountain Village.
Mount St. Louis, Moonstone – is one of the largest family owned ski resorts in Ontario offering great ski hills for skiing and snowboarding. Celebrating its 49th year, the resort is located just north of Barrie right in the snow belt. The resort has 36 slopes, 9 chairlifts and 3 carpets.
Snow Valley, located near Barrie was name “best Ontario hill for kids” by Ski Canada Magazine. Snow Valley is a ski resort was established in 1952. Apart from skiing there is Snow tubing and Snow shoeing. There is a half-pipe and a terrain park.
Horseshoe Resort, located about 1 hour north of Toronto, northeast of Barrie boasts 29 ski runs with 5 chairlifts and 2 carpet lifts, 45km of Cross Country trails and snowshoeing.
If you are thinking skiing farther north of the province, there are many options as well. Loch Loman is located in Thunder Bay, 10 minutes from the airport. They have skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing with night skiing and snowmaking. They have 1 Quad Lift and 2 Double Lifts. They have 2 large quarter pipes on the upper Maple with a 15 foot table top jump at the bottom.
Searchmount Ski Resort is located in the community 45 minutes outside of Sault Ste. Marie. The area has a 700 vertical foot drop, featuring 18 runs and four chair lifts (one quad, one triple, one double, and one beginner poma lift).
In this article we’ve only listed those public resorts. There are many other areas in the province that are private area. Might be worth looking into these resort as they are usually open to the public during Xmas or March Break.
Happy skiing and snowboarding as you navigate yourself around the vast province of Ontario. Give skiing in Ontario a try!