Remember when a snow day meant hours spent playing outside followed by hot chocolate and cozy afternoons instead of more screen time and less fun time? At Deerhurst Resort, we’re taking back the snow day and making winter fun again. Here is our how-to guide to turn your next snow day into a getaway full of frozen fun, for kids and kids-at-heart alike.

Known as ‘the adventurous spirit of Muskoka,’ Huntsville is particularly well-suited for your northern retreat. There is so much to enjoy across 760 acres of winter wonderland in our slice of Muskoka countryside and even more local spots nearby. We’re making things easy by breaking it down into a Top 10 list of must-do’s.


  1. Snowshoeing through snowy woods
  2. Snowmobiling on 2000km of OFSC trails
  3. Cross country skiing in Arrowhead or Algonquin provincial parks
  4. Try something new! Ever heard of kick sleds?
  5. Skating through the woods on the famous Arrowhead Park Ice Skating Trail
  6. Downhill skiing at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski area
  7. Winter cycling on a fat tire e-bike
  8. Experiencing the wonder of Eclipse Walk With Light
  9. Warming up fireside sipping hot chocolate
  10.  Learning about local wildlife through animal tracks and bird watching

If you cross even just a few of these activities off your list we guarantee you’ll feel truly Canadian with your time spent in this great white north and while we can’t help it, you might just leave with the urge to buy a toque and a flannel shirt to go home in.

For ultimate winter magic, head outside in the evening and enjoy a snowy trek through thousands of sparkling lights. Huntsville’s newest attraction, Eclipse Walk With Light features an interactive sound-to-light night walk through the forest at Rotary Village and is a must-see this winter. Once you’re bit by the night-light-bug, you’ll want to experience the Starlight Snowshoe Trail along the waterfront of Peninsula Lake at Deerhurst, and on the next night head to Arrowhead Provincial Park and skate through their famous torch-light forest trail on a Fire and Ice night.


In the daylight it’s the perfect time to try something new. Ever heard of kick sledding? Tested your grace gliding on cross country skis? What about fat biking, winter’s latest craze? All of this and so much more can be enjoyed on your winter getaway and at Deerhurst, your skates, skis, sleds and snowshoes are all included in your resort fee, so you can try it all!


If you have more of a need for speed, book a guided snowmobile tour complete with outerwear and training, Yamaha Adventure Tours even have pint-sized sleds for the kids! Keep the adrenaline going with a visit to Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area with lessons, rental equipment and terrain for all abilities at this family friendly hill.

Cut to the best part of frozen fun (for some), the warm up afterwards! Whether this means cuddling up by the fire, or sipping on a decadent hot chocolate, we know this is what many are looking forward to at the end of the day. At Deerhurst, all of the Resort Home accommodations include a fireplace for just that. Extend your après with a trip to the spa or a soak in the hot tub while the kids play in the indoor pool.  All this adventure will bring a well deserved rest, and plenty of unforgettable moments to remember. 

Take a snow day for yourself and for your family, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Next time it snows, turn your oh no into an oh woah and soak up all of the fun winter has to offer at Deerhurst Resort. Experience all this and more throughout the winter season! Book Now for Snow Wonder Weekend, our Family Winter Celebration January 21-23, 2022 with activities for the whole family.

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