If you’re anything like me, then winter is something to be survived, rather than a time to thrive. I bare winter because I have to, not because I have some burning desire to endure chilling temperatures and take pleasure in shovelling the driveway.
Nevertheless, there are certain activities that make winter more enjoyable and may just help you embrace the season after all. If you’re looking for winter activities in Prince Edward County, then look no further than this blog post.
Prince Edward County happens to be a hub for winter activities. Try one (or all!) of these activities this chilly season and see if it changes your outlook on winter.
1. Go snowshoeing
There are endless snowshoeing opportunities in Prince Edward County. If you have your own pair and want to head out solo or with some friends, try going to the Millennium Trail or Sandbanks Provincial Park. Both offer great trails, but you’ll have to share the road with other activists, like cross country skiers, or even snowmobilers on the Millennium Trail.
If you’re looking to rent snowshoes, there are a couple of wineries in the county that rent them and have trails accessible right from their properties. Check out Sugarbush and Three Dog Winery. This is an excellent family-friendly activity that also allows the adults in the group to sip on something a little warmer than your average cup of hot cocoa.
Another good spot to mix adult beverages and family fun is Apple Falls Cider Co., located at Campbell’s Orchard on the Rednersville Road. That means you can enjoy a nice glass of cider while indulging in all the delicious home-baked treats available for purchase at the farm store.
The orchard paths are open to walkers all year and are a modest two kilometres long. Weather permitting you can head out for a snowshoe instead. Bring your own or borrow some from the orchard. (All that’s required is a piece of ID.)
Don’t forget your thermos – you’ll want to fill it up with steamy hot apple cider from the farm store before you head out on your adventure! This is a fun winter activity that the whole family can enjoy, even Fido! Leashed pets are welcome on the trail, as are well-behaved children.
Personally speaking, snowshoeing really helped me get through last year’s winter, so I would suggest giving it a try. For the first time in my adult years, I look forward to a good snowfall so I can break out my snowshoes.
2. Go cross country skiing
There’s something so incredibly peaceful about cross country skiing at Sandbanks Provincial Park. This is an activity my family enjoyed often last winter, and I’m looking forward to doing it again.
Not only is cross country skiing an excellent workout, but it’s also a chance to enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful scenery that the winter season brings. If you’re familiar with the park in the nice weather, prepare to be taken aback. The snow seems to transform the area, as if it’s a world of its own among the snow-covered trees.
This is one activity not to be missed! (The park isn’t officially open and does not provide any ski rentals, so you’ll have to bring your own and enjoy the landscape at your own risk.)
3. Visit a winery, brewery, cidery, or spirit house
I mentioned a couple of wineries in the Snowshoeing section above (Sugarbush and Three Dog), but did you know many of the wineries, breweries, cideries, and spirit houses in PEC are open all year round? There are many benefits to visiting this time of year. Chances are you won’t have to battle the crowds you’re familiar with in the summer, and your experience may feel even more unique and special if you’re getting one-on-one attention from the staff.
Midtown Brewing Company in Wellington has a skating rink (weather permitting) that’s great for anything from a free skate to a game of pick-up hockey.
Kinsip House of Fine Spirits is also open all year long and not a place to be missed in the winter season!
4. Hit the beach
I mentioned this briefly above, but Sandbanks Provincial Park is truly a sight to be seen in the winter time. Some years it’s easy to imagine the ice and snow buildup on the water as glaciers, so transformed it is from the blazing summer days. Walking the beach is a great way to take in these sights and experience a place in a different way than you may have done before. One word of advice: Bundle up and pack a thermos of cocoa, the wind can be fierce here on a winter’s day.
5. Go skating
Skating is a great activity that the entire family can enjoy. There are two arenas in Prince Edward County: The Prince Edward Community Centre at 375 Main Street in Picton and the Wellington and District Community Centre at 111 Belleville Street in Wellington.
If you’re looking for an outdoor experience, Midtown Brewery in Wellington has an outdoor rink that’s open when the weather permits. They also offer skate rentals if you can’t bring your own!
When I’m not writing, you can find me biking, paddle boarding, or snowshoeing in the Great White North, Canada.