No need to hibernate at home during winter—it's time to reserve a home-away-from-home for a weekend getaway, whether it’s an off-grid tiny cabin or a well-stocked lodge with all the mod cons. As the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fly, consider these 10 options for when you want to escape city limits and wake up in the wild areas of Ontario from Thunder Bay to Niagara.

   

Elmhirst’s Resort Cottages

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Nestled in the Kawarthas on the shoreline of Rice Lake, this family-owned resort is a welcome balance for couples or families who want a weekend away from it all but require modern amenities. The contemporary-styled cottages have been recently renovated, and guests can skate on the lake, snowshoe the property, have a bonfire or take a horse-drawn sleigh ride.

Location: Keene, ON

Price: $222/night (two-night minimum)

   

Silent Lake Provincial Park Yurts

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Leave modern life behind and head to this park near Bancroft for a stay in one of the seven yurts. Heated by a woodstove (but without electricity) each rustic dwelling has an outdoor firepit for cooking.  Head to nearby trails for cross country skiing or snowshoeing during the day while catching up on stories by the fire in the evenings.

Location: Bancroft, ON

Price: $112/night (two-night minimum, three-night minimum long weekends)

   

Ojibwa Cabin

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One of three cabins at Quetico Provincial Park west of Thunder Bay, visitors will be far from the crowds at this accommodation, accessed by ski or snowshoe two kilometres from the parking lot. Electric heat, propane BBQ and two pairs of snowshoes are included for wandering around this secluded section of the park where there’s also ice fishing and dogsledding.

Location: Atikokan, ON

Price: $98/night (two night minimum)

 

Penny’s Motel

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Bring your bestie for a stay at this updated motel, 15 minutes from the slopes of Blue Mountain in Thornbury. Whether you’re spending the day fat biking, skiing or snowboarding, it’s a welcome place after a day in the outdoors to warm by the firepit, celebrate happy hour at Apres at Penny’s with oysters and make plans for the next day’s adventures near Georgian Bay.

Location: Thornbury, ON

Price: from $225/night

   

Willow Cabin

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Leave the high-rises behind with a stay at this off-the-grid dwelling from Cabinscape on Duck Lake in the Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve. Guests can access this backcountry abode by pre-arranged snowmobile shuttle or use the provided snowshoes and sled. This private winter playground offers cross country skiing, ATVs, ice fishing, ice climbing and snowmobile trails steps from this tiny cabin.

Location: Haliburton, ON

Price: from $231/night (two-night minimum/ three-night minimum long weekend)

   

Woody at Trenanthia Cottage

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Find your space in nature at this three-bedroom cottage in Muskoka with wood-burning fireplace on Wood Lake, located less than two hours from Toronto and a mere 20 minutes from Bracebridge. With a games room including air hockey, billiards, ping pong and darts, and featuring cosy amenities of a lakeside hot tub and a barrel sauna, this spacious cottage will encourage plenty of family time.

Location: Bracebridge, ON

Price: $1,295 (Monday to Friday)

   

Arrowhead Camp Cabin

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Pick from one of 10 rustic cabins, each with propane/electric fireplace and gas barbecue for a winter camping holiday in this provincial park near Huntsville in central Ontario. Visitors can rent tubing equipment, snowshoes, skis and skates, and access the popular 15-kilometre Fire & Ice Skate Trail to perfect your on-ice moves.

Location: Huntsville, ON

Price: $152.55/ night (two-night minimum, three-night minimum long weekends)

  

Mabee Marsh Cabin

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This welcoming wood lodge sleeps 11 and has all the necessities in alpine-style surroundings including two fireplaces. There are 90 kilometres of trails for snowshoeing or fat biking and as part of the Long Point Eco-Adventures site, guests can also arrange to go ice fishing and snowmobiling.

Location: St. Williams, ON

Price: from $499/night (three-night minimum)

  

Nature’s Harmony EcoLodge Glamping

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Winter camping 2.0 can be found at this off-the-grid tent in Ontario’s Laurentian region, including a fully furnished canvas abode with wood stove and shared fire pit (but no electricity). Hike or snowshoe the surrounding 485 acres and reward yourselves a cozy campfire in the evening.

Location: Mattawa, ON

Price: $125/night

  

Jacques Cottage

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Found within Sandbanks Provincial Park in Prince Edward County, the Jacques Cottage sleeps four and includes a propane fireplace, BBQ and fully equipped kitchen. Campground roads provide access for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing as well as six official trails through the forest or along the lakeshore.

Location: Picton, ON

Price: $195/night (three-night minimum)

  

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