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Everything you need to know about Tobermory, Ontario, in the winter

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Ontario: an ideal spot to reconnect with nature and experience the glory of winter.

As winter trundles on in the Ontario area, you’d be remiss to simply hunker down, hibernate and wait for summer to return.

Our vast province is home to an abundance of phenomenal winter activities, so don’t miss out by staying home. If you’re a long-time Ontario resident, newcomer, or a vacation-goer in the area, consider heading to Tobermory, Ontario: an ideal spot to reconnect with nature and experience the glory of winter.

Tobermory welcomes you
Located under four hours north of the Greater Toronto Area, is Tobermory. Sitting at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, Tobermory is a sightseer’s haven and an adventure-seeker’s paradise. It’s renowned for its crystal blue waters and its intricate cave systems.

During the summer, it’s also famous for breathtaking scuba opportunities: Tobermory is actually known as the ‘Freshwater Scuba diving capital of the world’ due to the abundance of shipwrecks in its waters.

While snorkelling and scuba diving might be out of the question in January, there’s still a ton that Tobermory offers in the winter. Today, booking cottage rentals in Ontario, Canada, is easy to do. So, schedule your stay now and take advantage of some of the following.

Snowshoeing
Tobermory isn’t just for the summertime. You can rent snowshoes — or ice cleats, depending on the conditions — and embark on a guided adventure through the Bruce Peninsula National Park to the famous Tobermory Grotto.

The guide will take you over frozen inland lakes, forest trails and along the cliff-lined coast of Georgian Bay, all while explaining some fascinating points about the native wildlife with tips on how to identify their snowy trails.

If you prefer to adventure alone, the Bruce Peninsula has a multitude of snowshoeing trails for all abilities.

Taking in the night sky
Did you know that the Bruce Peninsula is home to a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve? A Biosphere Reserve is a “learning place for sustainable development.” There are just 701 of these sites in the world, so it’s always worth taking advantage of the opportunity to see one.

The regular bright lights of populated areas are much dimmer here, making star-spotting opportunities plentiful. Cast your eyes upward and take in the twinkling light of 150 billion stars sparkling against a gorgeous sable backdrop.

Cross-country ski
Cross-country skiing is a fantastic form of cardiovascular exercise as it uses a large percentage of your muscle mass. So, it’s not only a lovely way to see an area, it’s a great workout, too.

The Cyprus Lake Trail in Tobermory is perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing alike. With well-maintained trails and ample opportunity to take in the surrounding aquamarine (or frozen!) waters, this one’s a must if you’re in the area.

Relax
Lastly, relax! Load up your car with your favourite foods, drinks and board games and reserve a cozy cottage with a wood-burning stove. Bring that book you’ve been meaning to read and take a moment for yourself.

Winter can, at times, feel never-ending. Break up the monotony by taking a mini break with friends, family or loved ones and see why Tobermory is a beautiful destination — not only in the summer but in the wintertime, too.

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