Winter in Ontario can be cold and snowy, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting out and enjoying your community! In Simcoe and Norfolk County, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the winter months. Whether you enjoy the outdoors even on the chilliest day, or you’re looking for ways to have fun indoors, there’s something for everyone. These are some of our favourite winter activities in the area:
1. Take a walk in the woods
Simcoe and Norfolk County is surrounded by nature, making it the perfect destination for winter walks. Hay Creek and Backus Woods are beautiful options to explore during family or dog-friendly hikes, and there are walking groups that run through the winter as well.
2. Do the polar bear dip
While not exactly an event for everyone, people who enjoy testing their limits will love the thrill of the annual polar bear dip in Port Dover! This event happens every January 1st and is a great way to kick off the new year — if you dare.
3. Visit the Simcoe Christmas Panorama
Celebrate the holiday season by soaking up the 60th year of the Simcoe Christmas Panorama! Downtown Simcoe’s parks are turned into a winter wonderland with thousands of sparkling lights and themed displays, and are accessible by foot or by horse-drawn carriage! Don’t miss this beautiful event, on display from December 1st through January 6th.
4. Go sledding and skating
Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor winter activities, you can experience both in Simcoe and Norfolk County. There are plenty of hills for sledding throughout the county, and recreational complexes where you can enjoy some indoor skating.
5. Visit the breweries & wineries
Many people don’t realize how many breweries and wineries there are in Norfolk County! If you missed the Spirit of the Season Passport weekends, plan your own visit to one of the many breweries and wineries in the area, including Blue Elephant Craft Brew House, Burning Kiln Winery, New Limburg Brewery and Wooden Bear L Winery.
6. See a show
You don’t need to travel to the big city to see a theatre production! The Simcoe Little Theatre is one of the region’s longest-running community theatres. Every season they put on a wide range of shows, from Broadway favourites to modern gems. Their season runs from September to June, so there’s plenty to see over the winter.
7. Take a trip to the market
If you’re looking for the best in local, seasonal products like produce, baked goods, meat and more, the Simcoe Farmers Market is the place to go this winter. This year-round market has been running for over 30 years and boasts a great selection of vendors, so you can taste all of the best that the region has to offer. With so much to do year-round in Simcoe and Norfolk County, Sinclair Construction’s Westwood Trails community is the perfect place to call home. Learn more about this exciting development! [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]