Winter Activities in Southern Ontario

Make the most of our winter by getting outside and being active. Here are some of our favourite activities!

1. Snowshoeing

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Snowshoeing is a great way to get some fresh air without too much exertion. Our top recommendation is Scenic Caves Nature Adventures located at the top of Blue Mountain in Collingwood. They have a great suspension bridge that you can snowshoe across. The facility also offers great cross-country skiing trails.

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2. Cross-Country Skiing
Hilton Falls offers 16km of trails just a short drive outside of the city. The trails are suitable for all levels and they offer half day and full day rentals. For more information visit Conservation Halton. Note that they have not been open this season due to minimal snowfall so make sure you call them before you arrive to avoid disappointment!

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If you are willing to drive slightly further and north of the city then Horseshoe Resort which offers 40km of groomed tracks is our top pick! Since they are north of Barrie they have had great snowfall this season. If you are an experienced cross-country skier then make sure to do the Achey Breaky trail!

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3. Skating at Arrowhead Park
The Ice Trail at Arrowhead Park offers 1.3km of incredible skating. This is a great activity for all ages and makes a great winter memory!

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Doggie Favorites For The Winter

When it is cold outside it is essential to take care of your pet! We love our princess Perla and always want to make sure she is comfortable, happy and protected when she goes outdoors.

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Here are a few of our favourite items for keeping your furry friend warm this winter!

1. Doggie Boots
Dogs are just like humans, their feet get cold in the winter!

Make sure to protect your pets paws with boots. It is a fact that dogs paws can get frostbitten. At first you might think that it will look silly on your pet but the truth is your dog will really appreciate it. Ensure that you purchase the correct size of boots so that they can walk normally once they get used to wearing them. They should fit snuggly while allowing your dog to spread out their paws. We suggest booties that have reflective markings on them if you are taking your dog out when it is dark.

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We have tried many different types of boots for Perla and have found that she consistently prefers boots with structure rather than the rubber disposable dog boots. Doggie School makes great dog boots!

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2. Dog Coat
A warm insulated dog coat can do wonders for your pet. Perla favours her Bobby made fleece lined dog coat as it is super soft for her and very warm. Not all dogs need coats. If you have a dog with thick fur such as a Golden Retriever or a Husky their fur provides natural insulation for them. If your dog does not like the cold or has light fur then a coat is a must have for your pet!

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TIP: Make sure the dog coat is water-resistant and easy to put on and take off!

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3. Dog Sweater
If you have a short haired dog a sweater is a great idea to keep your furry friend warm indoors. Sweaters are also great for when it is a mild day outside and you want to keep your dog warm. Make sure when you buy a sweater that it fits properly and your pet is comfortable wearing it.

4. Pet Care Ice Melt
When it snows outside and you need to put down an ice melter salt can be very harmful to your pets paws. We recommend using a pet safe product that is veterinarian recommended. Safe-T-Pet is a salt-free ice melter that we use when it snows, it is both salt and chloride free.

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5. Sunshine
Dogs love being in the warm sun. If you can move their dog bed by a window on a sunny day many furry friends love this!

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TIP For Sizing: If you are not bringing your furry friend along with you to the pet store don’t forget to measure your dog with a cloth measuring tape. Two measurements we find helpful are the circumference around the middle of your pets stomach and a measurement along your pets back from the neck to the start of the tail.

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