In Muskoka’s Winter Wonderland

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 in Muskoka’s Winter Wonderland. 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 bike
  8. Lace up your skates for a game of hockey on Deerhurst’s own ice rink
  9. Warming up fireside sipping hot chocolate
  10.  Dip into a warm pot of cheese fondue

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 Muskoka-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 and explore. Here at Deerhurst you’ll find a perfect skating rink overlooking a snow covered lake by day and lit by the stars and twinkle lights at night – talk about winter wonderland. Our new refrigerated ice surface comes complete with skate rentals if you need them and blazing fire pits to warm up beside. Add a hot chocolate (Bailey’s optional)  from close-by Maple Pub and you’ve got the recipe for one enchanted winter evening. 

Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail

More Muskoka magic nearby: Just 10 minutes from Deerhurst, Arrowhead Provincial Park’s 1.3km ice skating trail has become a famous Ontario winter destination with good reason.  Gliding through the woods in the day time is exhilarating, but skating by torchlight during one of their “Fire & Ice” nights is downright dreamlike. Advance reservations are required at

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, there’s no freer feeling than riding through a snowy landscape by snowmobile! Booking a guided snowmobile tour with Yamaha Adventure Tours comes complete with outerwear and training, they even have pint-sized sleds for the kids! Keep the adrenaline going with a visit to our neighbours at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area with lessons, rental equipment and terrain for all abilities at this family friendly hill.

Two people sitting on a patio in winter cheersing their cups

Cut to the well deserved winter warm up after all that frozen fun! Whether this means cuddling up by the fire and sipping on hot chocolate, or finding out just how many different foods taste good dipped in warm cheese fondue, we know this is what many are looking forward to at the end of the day. At Deerhurst, Resort Home accommodations even include a fireplace for ultimate relaxation. Extend your après with a trip to Amba 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. 

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Muskoka Holiday Magic

Two weeks of festive season fun!

Make Muskoka home for the holidays and enjoy two weeks of unlimited family fun! From December 22, 2023 – January 7, 2024 enjoy daily activities, sleigh-loads of winter fun, festive feasts, live entertainment and more. Learn more about Christmas & New Year’s Holidays at Deerhurst and book early to secure your spot on Santa’s nice list!

Take a snow day for yourself and for your family, and make winter fun again in Muskoka’s Winter Wonderland. 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!