Winter Adventures

Come explore Winter in Wellington County

Bundle up and experience our cozy communities that transform into wonderful winter wonderlands. Here are some things to do this winter.

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Outdoor Winter Adventures 

Climb frozen waterfalls, sip wine by an outdoor fire, or go on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Get outside this winter and explore these and more unique experiences in Wellington County.  

Book ahead – most experiences are weather dependent and require reservations made in advance.  

hand pouring red wine while snowingFire Pit and Tasting at Cox Creek Cellars, Guelph/Eramosa 

Sip wine around a roaring wood fire at Cox Creek Cellars. This idyllic winery offers several outdoor fire tables located throughout the property. They are outfitted with comfortable Muskoka Chairs or handmade benches and are a perfect location for a date or gathering with a small group (up to six).   

 

individual doing yoga in the snow with alpacasSnow Yoga with Alpacas at Brae Ridge Farm and Sanctuary, Puslinch

You won’t find another experience like this - just on the edge of Guelph! An instructor will guide you through an all levels yoga class, lasting approximately 75 minutes, while alpacas quietly wander around you. You will have the opportunity to meet and hand feed alpacas and horses. Embrace the powerful benefits of traditional yoga, nature and animal therapy.

individuals sitting outside around a campfireWinter Campfire Sites at Elliot Tree Farm, Erin 

The magic of Elliot Tree Farm continues beyond the Holiday Season. You can visit this Christmas Tree and Maple Syrup Farm all winter long by booking a private picnic spot. Bring your own picnic and enjoy a private fire pit/grill, walk the trails and explore their gorgeous property and discover many unique treasures that offer a perfect photo opportunity along the way, such as a Vintage 1944 Case Tractor named Ed. Dogs are welcome on a leash. Reservations required 

people on a horse drawn sleigh rideHorse-Drawn Sleigh Ride at Windy Acres Farm, Metz  

For a winter experience like no other, head out to Windy Acres for a horse-drawn sleigh ride across snowy fields. Bring your family or a small group and watch their powerful Clydesdale horses dash through the snow while you are wrapped up nice and cozy in a wool blanket.  

Book your sleigh ride today.  

three people sitting with snowshoesSnowshoeing and Tobogganing at the Wellington County Museum and Archives, Aboyne

The Wellington County Museum and Archives is an exceptional destination year-round but winter opens up new ways to experience the grounds. Bring your sled and hit their well-loved toboggan hill or rent a pair of snowshoes and explore the beautiful trail network.   

individual feeding alpacas outsideAlpaca Winter Experience at Harmony Meadows Alpaca Farm, Belwood 

Get up close and personal with Harmony Meadow’s alpacas! Visit these cool animals on their pasture and learn all about alpacas directly from the farmers. Feed them treats and maybe even let you pet them. Make sure you visit the farm store before heading home and browse the gorgeous yarn, knitted products, gift items, and local foods.

individual climbing ice cliffs in the Elora GorgeIce Climbing with One Axe Pursuits, Elora  

Climb a frozen waterfall in one of Wellington County’s most scenic spots – the Elora Gorge. One Axe’s Ice Climbing experience is one of a kind – the ultimate winter thrill – and completely suitable for beginners. No previous experience is required and the starting point is conveniently located in downtown Elora.   

close up of horse with frosted noseWinter Horseback Trail Rides at JohnMel Stables, Puslinch 

Winter trail riding is a unique way to immerse yourself in nature. Book your private trail ride experience, learn how to groom, tack up your horse, and if a beginner, you’ll receive a short lesson before heading out on the trails.  

Trail Rides | JohnMel Stables Inc.

 

 

individuals snowshoeing in the countrySnowshoe, Hot Chocolate and Campfire at The Fieldstone Barn, Elora

Experience the brisk outdoors. The Fieldstone Barn is a hidden gem within walking distance to the beautiful village of Elora. Enjoy snowshoeing on a picturesque farm, then relax around a toasty fire roasting marshmallows and sipping hot chocolate. Everything is included with limited spots available. This excursion is snow dependent so please call in advance.

Snowshoe and Campfire | The Fieldstone Barn

 


Indoor Activities

two individuals blowing glassBeat the winter blues this season with fun and interactive indoor activities.

Are you a lover of art and entertainment? View an exhibit at the Wellington County Museum and Archives, a National Historic Site, or catch a show at the 1947 Norgan Theatre in Palmerston. The Elora Centre for the Arts is housed in an restored limestone school house and offers ongoing galleries, an artisan shop, classes and other events. If you want more of a hands on experience, try a glass blowing class at Blown Away Glass in Elora.

Sports and recreational activities are available year-round. Sharpen those skates and drop in to a local arena. Many offer free sponsored skating days. Try your hand at a new sport or freshen up your skills at a local curling club (located on our interactive map). Many offer lessons. You can bring your own food and drink, and get ready for summer by practicing your swing at Grip and Rip Indoor Golf in Drayton.

people walking into a local theatreLooking for fun local food and drink experiences? Krisha Indian Cooking School offers hands-on classes at the Puslinch Community Centre, or take a bite off the beaten path and go on a guided tour in Elora with Taste Detours Food Tour. Enjoy an evening of cocktail creation by taking a class at the Elora Distilling Company. The Barrel House in Clifford hosts The Coopers Cart Kitchen where you can fine Pete's baked goods (including butter tarts!) and pickles too, as well as gifts, furniture, and decor. Be sure to grab a friend and visit many of our local hot chocolate spots, located on our interactive map below

 


Open the Winter Adventures Map

Know of another location for winter adventures?Let us know via email.*


Other Events

Visit our online events calendar and see what else is happening throughout Wellington County this winter!


*We do our best to include as many winter adventure locations as possible; however, there is no guarantee a specific location will be included.

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