Ontario Resorts You'll Want To Book For Your Next Snowmobile Vacation

Ontario Resorts You'll Want To Book For Your Next Snowmobile Vacation

[caption id="attachment_1262" align="alignnone" ]Snowmobiles at Elk Lake Eco Centre. Photo: Casey Cordeiro Snowmobiles at Elk Lake Eco Centre. Photo: Casey Cordeiro[/caption] Snow lovers rejoice! If you're looking for cold days and warm nights; hot meals and cool events and attractions—look no further. Sledding country in Ontario is also resort country, and what that means is that your rides can be rugged (or not) but you can wind down in comfort—luxury, even. Local wine lists? Check. Hot tubs? Yes. Looking for rentals, dealers, or repairs? Vacation packages for families, couples, groups, and solo travellers? Yes, yes, and....  you get the picture (yes). The worst part of loving snowmobiling is waiting for the trails to open. And the worst part of being a resort-goer is the research. We can't make the snow fall, but we can promise you it will. In the meantime, we've done the resort research for you. (All-season thrill seekers may find some summer favourites on the list, as many are also motorcycle friendly and/or welcome ATVers and personal watercrafts.) Here are 24 resorts across the province that welcome sledders through the winter season: we've included the area you'll find each resort in, other winter fun while you're there, nearby trails and snowmobile clubs, and some extra pearls of wisdom we've picked up along the (well-groomed, well-marked) way.

1 - Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville, ON

Deerhurst is one of Ontario’s premiere resorts year-round, and for good reason. Sledders already flock to Muskoka, and Deerhurst offers a luxurious way to do that. Stay and play, or stop in while you’re in the area—it’s right on TOP D102B. The reasons to choose Deerhurst for your snowmobile trip are plenty. Did someone say drive-up pub? They sure did. Given sledders staying at the resort have access to 2,000 kilometres of trails, the additional sled parking (not locked) and onsite fuel are just added perks. Yamaha Riding Adventures offers instruction, gear, and guided tours for those who are interested—and mini sled rides for kids, making your snowmobile trip a family affair. They use “eco-friendly, whisper quiet” 2016 sleds. Tip: Look for deals on accommodation when booking your guided tour, or when you’re visiting with your own sled. Snowmobile vacation packages are often available, too. Region: Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound

2 - Spectacle Lake Lodge, Barry’s Bay, ON

Are you ready to ride the RAP? Spectacle Lake Lodge is a much recommended spot for sledders keen on the Round Algonquin Park (RAP) Tour. You can’t get much better than this breathtaking circle tour of Algonquin Park—ice caves and all, we’re serious—and the offerings at Spectacle Lake. The lodge is popular as a dining establishment, even making some “best of” lists. There’s parking (and we mean drive right up to your cabin parking) and on-site fuel available, whether you’re staying in the lodge itself or have booked a cottage for your getaway. The Spectacle Lake Lodge folks are sledders themselves, making the stay that much more sledder-friendly—they were even part of founding the RAP Tour! Worth mentioning: there are hot tubs. A fine way to end a day out on the snow. Tip: Take advantage of the direct trail access (Club Trail 159). Region: Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley 

Spectacle Lake Lodge Cabins - Virgil Knapp.jpegThe cabins at Spectacle Lake Lodge. Photo: Virgil Knapp

3 - Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre, Haliburton, ON

This cottage country resort is top-notch, offering golf getaways in the summer and spa services year-round—a bonus if not all of your party is interested in hitting the trails, or if you’re looking for some ultimate post-sledding relaxation. Set in the popular Haliburton Highlands, Pinestone offers secure sled parking and is right on Haliburton County Snowmobile Association’s Trail 7. Tip: The area is home to one of Ontario’s longest established snowmobile trail systems. Region: Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley 

4 - Blue Mountain Resort, The Blue Mountains, ON

This Collingwood-area resort is a one stop shop for getaways year-round. Come winter, snow lovers head over in droves to enjoy the popular ski and snowboarding offerings. Make your way to Blue Mountain Village’s shops, restaurants, and entertainment when your sledding day is through—or cozy up by the fireplace, the choice is yours. Ride On Rentals offers snowmobile rentals and tours, and you’re near both District 8 and District 9 of the OFSC trails. Tip: Check out the hashtag #LiveItOutside on social media to see outdoor enthusiasts in action at Blue Mountain. Region: Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe 

5 - Sportsman’s Inn Resort & Marina, Killarney, ON

A lake resort with many repeat visitors, Sportsman’s Inn is situated against a gorgeous backdrop, right at the entrance to the North Channel on the shores of Georgian Bay, also offering a view of the Lacloche Mountains. The team behind the resort are outdoor motorsports enthusiasts, dedicated to their patrons enjoying their stay. Check out the The Chiniguchi Tour Loops during your stay. Tip: Breakfast and dinners are included in all packages, so no need to do that extra bit of coordinating. Region: Northeastern Ontario

6 - Bonnie View Inn, Haliburton, ON

Having been around since 1924, the Bonnie View Inn has had some time to get it right! Out in beautiful nature, yet less than ten minutes in the car will get you to all the amenities you need. A true oasis in wintertime, the inn gives you the option of ice skating on its frozen lake, which is even lit up for nighttime skating, tobogganing, and lots more. Snowmobilers can look forward to 300 kilometres of trails. Rent a snowmobile for your trip through Back Country Tours. Tip: Looking for something different? Try dog sledding at Bonnie View this winter. Region: Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley 

7 - Couples Resort, Whitney, ON

A five-star resort for couples only, this is a prime choice for those looking to get away from it all. You can bring a sled on your romantic trip away, or rent from Back Country Tours. Fine dining, fine wine, hot tubs, wood burning fireplaces…Combined with sledding, you’ve got adventure and luxury—what more could you really ask for? Tip: Back Country frequently runs specials on rentals, and can provide fuel, oil, and riding gear. Region: Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound

8 - Elmhirst's Resort, Keene, ON

The Elmhirst is a great place to stay for travellers looking to check out the TransCanada Trail this winter. This resort is a snow lover’s paradise, whether you’re looking to ski, skate, or snowkite (yes, there’s snowkiting!) The resort’s website features a whole section on “Free Spirit Adventures,” which should tell you a thing or two about their commitment to fun. Tip: Elmhirst offers an array of air adventures, including pilot training. Look into its unique line-up of available activities before you book. Region: Kawarthas Northumberland

JW Marriot The Rosseau Resort and Spa - Minett Ontario - Virgil Knapp .jpgJW Marriott—The Rosseau Resort & Spa in Minett, Ontario. Photo: Virgil Knapp

9 - JW Marriott—The Rosseau Resort & Spa, Minett, ON

Ranked one of the top resorts in Canada, The Rosseau is a great getaway that doesn’t require you venture too far out of the city (the drive is 2.5 hours from Toronto). Not only a sledder’s choice, this resort is also known for its wine, steakhouse, and Italian cuisine. The Rosseau offers activities for the whole family in a beautiful Muskoka setting. The extensive trails won’t disappoint. Tip: Skates and snowshoes are available on site. Region: Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound

10 - Bayview Wildwood Resort, Port Stanton, ON

Welcome to the heart of the Canadian Shield and your ultimate Canadian winter getaway. Family-friendly and adult activities run at Bayview Wildwood year-round. Get your layers on for winter fun in the form of skating, snowshoeing, tobogganing, cross-country skiing and, of course, snowmobiling. Snowmobile rentals are available, as are—wait for it—horse-drawn wagon rides. If that’s not something for everyone, no matter what their preferred winter speed, we’re not sure what is. Tip: You can often find deals for your getaway at Bayview Wildwood: look for long weekend specials, or search for “Resort to Fun Weekends” for packages. Region: Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe

11 - Sandy Lane Resort, Hall’s Lake, ON

A number of companies rent snowmobiles to patrons of Sandy Lane, though it’s worth noting that Back Country provides delivery and discounted rates. The resort has direct trail access, and the trails are plentiful in the area. You’re nice and close to the RAP Tour, and nearby Haliburton Forest is home to the world’s largest private snowmobile system. Bonus: Transportation is available to local restaurants. Tip: Look for weekday snowmobile tour packages. Region: Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley 

Snowmobiles on the RAP Tour Ontario - Martin Lortz.jpgRide the RAP. Photo: Martin Lortz

12 - Elk Lake Eco Centre, Elk Lake, ON

Make this Northeastern Ontario spot your landing spot for your next snowmobile trip and you won’t regret it. Elk Lake Eco Centre’s focus is eco adventure, and their 6-person cottages are great for groups. The food is not to be missed, the service is fantastic, and the lodging is clean and comfortable. Check out the Gold Rush Tour on your trip. Tip: Check out TripAdvisor for rave reviews from snowmobilers who’ve stayed at Elk Lake Eco Centre before. Region: Northeastern Ontario

13 - Shamrock Lodge, Port Carling, ON

Muskoka is calling and it’s calling you to Shamrock Lodge. With lots to do at the lodge and nearby, the whole family will be well entertained and well rested during your all-inclusive stay. This full-service spot is a staple in the area, with a focus on excitement. Back Country Tours rents snowmobiles for resort goers. Contact the Muskoka Snowmobile Region for more info about snowmobiling in the area and heck out the Park to Park Trail when you’re there. Tip: The Park to Park Trail is popular for ATV riders, dirt bikers, and other summer activities. The Shamrock Lodge just may be your go-to place to stay year round. Region: Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound

14 - Beauview Cottage Resort, Huntsville, ON

Whether you’re booking a romantic weekend away, or looking for a family vacation spot, Beauview Cottage Resort can meet your needs. Stay in one of the resort’s cottages and enjoy ice hockey on the lake and snowshoeing. Taking a snowmobile trip from your cottage is easy, with access to D102B  and hundreds of miles of well-marked groomed trails are accessible from the resort. Tip: Keep an eye out for wildlife, as deer are known to trek across the lake too. Region: Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound

15 - Ahmic Lake Resort, Ahmic Harbour, ON

Only 2.5 hours north of Toronto, this resort has a 5 out of 5 rating on Trip Advisor. A wilderness getaway, but with much-appreciated luxuries like an on-site restaurant. From Ahmic Lake Resort, you have direct access to trail C104D and are only minutes from the official trail. Near North Recreation rents sleds in the area. Snowshoeing, dog sledding, and sleigh rides are also available at the resort. Tip: The Dun-Ahmic Snowriders Snowmobile Club can provide updates on trail conditions and tips to plan your day trips. Region: Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound 

RAP Snowmobile Tour Algonquin Park - Martin LortzThe RAP snowmobile tour in Algonquin Provincial Park. Photo: Martin Lortz

16 - Bondi Village Resort, Dwight, ON

You know the Bondi Village Resort is serious about being all-seasons given they have ski and snowshoe trails, toboggan hills, skating, and fireplaces available. There’s good trail access, and fuel and parking are available on site. Back Country Tours can arrange rentals in the area. Park at the resort to enjoy the RAP Tour, or an easy connection to hundreds of kilometres of OFSC maintained trails in the area. There are wonderful restaurants nearby, some of which you can sled right up to! Check out the Algonquin Snowmobile Club’s website for trail conditions. Tip: This resort is a choice spot for ice-fishing—they even have a four-person ice hut available to rent. Region: Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound

17 - Clearview Cottages, Huntsville, ON

Take your pick of winter activities: dog sledding, snowboarding, or skiing, to start. Snowmobilers are well on their way when they stay at Clearview, with OFSC trail #95 right there. The Highland Rovers Snowmobile Club is your go-to for trail conditions. Tip: Bring your skates and head over to Arrowhead lake, where roads are turned to ice for a different than usual skating experience. Region: Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound

18 - Heather Lodge, Minden, ON

Looking for something that isn’t family-friendly? You deserve an adults-only vacation and Heather Lodge is just the place to unwind. Each of the resort’s 12 all-season studios is well-equipped with conveniences such as Keurig coffee makers. The on-site dining is not to be missed: fixed price meals focus on local and seasonal ingredients and a full Ontario wine list. Snowshoe, cross country ski, skate on the lake, or arrange a dogsledding outing. The Haliburton County Snowmobile Association is your best bet for finding up-to-date info about the 1500 kilometres of nearby trails—there’s lots of variety to experience. Tip: Haliburton Forest also offers great trails. Region: Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley 

19 - Ogopogo Resort, Minden, ON

Between the on-site options and others nearby, Ogopogo is a top choice for those who love the snow. Along with snowmobiling, the resort offers skating, ice-fishing, and cross-country skiing. Not far from the resort, you can dogsled, luge, and downhill ski.  From the resort, 600 kilometres of trails can be accessed. Contact Back Country Tours or Ogopogo directly to arrange sled rentals. Tip: If you’re looking for hills, look to Sir Sam’s Ski/Ride. Ogopogo offers discounted lift tickets and deals on introductory packages. Region: Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley 

20 - Sherwood Inn, Port Carling, ON

This charming inn on Lake Joseph is complete with fine dining, fine wine, and special holiday menus. Fuel up at Suny’s Gas Bar, or treat yourself to some new gear at Gordon Bay Marine. Tip: If you love to skate, you won’t want to miss the Cranberry Ice Trail, a 1.2 kilometre loop that surrounds 12 acres of cranberries. Stay for a hot cider or wine tasting post-skate. Region: Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound

21 - Sir Sam's Inn & Spa, Haliburton, ON

Experience true luxury in this adults-only environment, complete with a water spa and breathtaking scenery. Sophisticated suites will make it tempting to stay put in your room, but you won’t want to miss the full-service spa or healthy candlelit dinners (the inn prides itself on “treating food like art” and it’s truly an experience). Next door you’ll find ski hills, Back Country Tours can set you up with sled rentals and guided tours. Tip: Know you’re starting your day with a full belly when you stay at Sir Sam’s, as full breakfasts are available and the best way to start your sledding day. Region: Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley 

22 - Trillium Resort & Spa, Port Sydney, ON

Located on a stunning 150-kilometre groomed trail system, the Trillium Resort & Spa lets you choose between staying in one of their gorgeous cottages or chalets. Ski, snowshoe, or skate through the winter wonderland that is Muskoka. Warm up in a hot tub or by the fire. Packages include breakfast and dinner.  Make use of Muskoka’s OFSC trails: the resort is located just off TOP Trail D103B on HGR 55.  Tip: Trillium is pet-friendly, no need to arrange for pet-care at home Region: Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound

23 - Norsemen Resort and Restaurant on Walker Lake, Huntsville, ON

Set in the Algonquin Snowmobile Region, this resort and restaurant is a family-friendly slice of heaven. Known for its “Old Muskoka charm,” the resort is only two minutes—by snowmobile—to OFSC Trails 77 & 78 near D101B and D102B. Tip: The Norsemen Restaurant introduces their new menu in December 2017—be one of the first to taste what’s in store. Region: Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound

24 - Westwind Inn, Buckhorn, ON

This Kawartha resort is a must-visit for the nature lover that likes a bit of a personal touch to their surroundings. The lodge and chalet accommodations offer rustic charm with the intention of making guests feel at home. The resort offers skating, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. There is easy access to OFSC trails, and the Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club is close by. Tip: Right next door to the inn, you’ll find Gallery on the Lake, one of the largest retail galleries in Canada. Add to your collection while on your sledding vacation! Region: Kawarthas Northumberland