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Sunday, November 27, 2016

5 winter resorts for a weekend getaway near Toronto

Winter resorts near Toronto aren’t exclusively about skiing. Chalets and skiing destinations are a whole category unto themselves. Instead, the top resorts to hit up in the winter distinguish themselves with superb ambience, spa facilities, and gourmet food offerings that’ll warm your soul in the midst of the cold Ontario countryside.  

Here are my picks for the top winter resort getaways near Toronto.


Located on Stoney Lake about a half an hour north of Peterborough, Viamede has been hosting vacationers for more than a century. A major renovation a few years ago brought upgraded decor but more importantly an indoor/outdoor pool and sauna that overlooks the lake. Food is the big story here, though. Chef Kevin McKenna serves up a sophisticated farm-to-table menu that’s wildly good.

JW Marriott The Rousseau Muskoka

While tourism drops off significantly in the late fall through the winter, Muskoka is about as pretty as places come when blanketed in snow. The JW Marriot on Lake Rosseau has the look of a modern chateau with cozy but classy rooms (many with fireplaces) and amenities galore. The indoor pool and spa is a major draw here, while there are an array of dining options to suit most tastes.

Oakwood Resort

Grand Bend is best known as one of Ontario’s best beach towns, but Oakwood Resort is at least one reason to visit the area after the leaves fall. The resort is made up of cozy wood-filled rooms and cottages, features top notch spa services through the winter, and there’s the requisite indoor pool and fitness centre for indoor R&R. 

The Briars

One of the closer full service resorts to Toronto, the Briars is a well established destination in both the summer and winter thanks to the variety of activities on offer when the weather turns. Lake Simcoe is a hotbed for ice fishing and cross country skiing. When you’re done outside, there’s both fine and casual dining options, as well as an indoor pool and spa.

Drake Devonshire

Prince Edward County has become an overflowing summer vacation destination, but during the winter things slow down, the tasting rooms at the wineries thin out, and everything just seems far more relaxed. If food and wine are your main priorities, a winter stay at the Drake’s country outpost will be about as relaxing as it comes. 

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