Escape Up North: Booking a Winter Getaway is Cost-Effective, Easy, & Awesome

Mid-week specials, vast wilderness, and snow, snow, snow—winter doesn't have to mean an end to your travels.

Winter doesn't have to mean the end of your travel plans and, in fact, there are a few reasons why you might choose to travel in this season specifically. Cost savings, less crowds, and quicker travel times are among them. Lucky for you, Northeastern Ontario is home to many businesses that operate in the Great Outdoors in all four seasons.

Whether you're a couple searching for a cozy weekend away, a family looking for a new and exciting way to spend the March Break, or sledders looking for the best accommodations off the trails, you're sure to find a match among the operators listed below. 

Timmins, Cochrane, & Area

Photo: Goh Iromoto

The northern Boreal forest is well-adapted to handle our blustery Canadian winters, and the same could be said of the region's locals! Known for phenomenal snowshoeing, skiing, sledding, and ice fishing opportunities, the region is ready to welcome winter with open arms. 

Flood's Landing Camp

Perfect for: Outdoor Enthusiasts, Sledders
Highlights: New cabins, the Frederick House River, Welcome Snowmobilers

Flood's Landing Camp provides travellers with housekeeping cabins, access to multi-purpose winter trail systems, and did we mention the super-cool location on the Frederick House River? The camp sits on 130 acres of northern wilderness and wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant.

Horwood Lake Lodge

Perfect for: Sledders, family getaways
Highlights: Heated teepee glamping & cabins, on-site gas, Welcome Snowmobilers

This lodge celebrates outdoor adventure in all four seasons. Drop a line through the ice in search of a monster pike, or explore the surrounding boreal forest on snowshoes or skis. Sledders rejoice because you have access to over 150 km of trails right from the resort and on-site gas to keep you moving.

Mattawa, North Bay & Lake Nipissing Area

Photo: Rob Stimpson

Enjoy the magic of the winter forest from North Bay to Mattawa and beyond. What is a green, luscious, playground in summer turns into a magical winter wonderland. You'll love the region's rolling hills, beautiful river views, and heaps of fluffy snow.    

Camp Conewango

Perfect for: Snowmobilers, Anglers
Highlights: Excellent ice fishing, winterized cottages, on-site fuel, Sledders Packages

Located on the north shore of Lake Talon and within the Mattawa River Provincial Park, you could say that Camp Conewango occupies some fantastic real estate. With gas on-site and groomed trails right to your doorstep, snowmobilers especially will want to check out this location.

Mattawa River Resort

Perfect for: Family & Couples' Getaways, Sledders
Highlights: Stunning views and renovated facilities, private snowmobile trips

You'll be in the thick of historic voyageur country at Mattawa's wilderness resort on the banks of the Ottawa River. The resort offers visitors 12 comfortable cottages to choose from, with the capacity to accommodate groups large and small. There are 147 acres of land to explore onsite, with easy access to local trail systems for ATV, snowmobiling, and hiking!

Greater Sudbury & Area, Killarney & the North Shore

Photo: Goh Iromoto

The rugged and rocky terrain of this area is no less majestic when blanketed with snow. Strap on a pair of snowshoes, grab a fishing rod, or hop on the sled—the opportunities to explore here are endless. 

Sportsman's Inn Resort & Marina

Perfect for: Couples' getaways
Highlights: Three restaurants to choose from, views of the North Channel

Located in the village of Killarney, with sweeping views of the North Channel, choose from a well-appointed suite, motel rooms, or your own private cabin. Killarney Provincial Park is right next door, with extensive skiing and snowshoeing trails available for visitor use all winter long.   

Temagami, Marten River & Elk Lake

Some lodges offer their guests on-site saunas, like this one at Elk Lake Wilderness Resort.
Photo: Elk Lake Wilderness Resort

An esteemed paddling destination in the summer, this region turns is a prime area for winter exploration as well. With its unlogged old-growth pine forests and extensive lake systems, Temagami is an outdoor enthusiast's mecca. 

Elk Lake Wilderness Resort

Perfect for: Sledders
Highlights: Sledders package, premium fuel, great food

Enjoy modern cabins, hot food, and premium gas right off of the snowmobile trail. The resort is well-situated to take advantage of hundreds of kilometres of groomed snowmobile trails right outside your cabin and a sledder's package is available. Relax and unwind at the end of the day in the sauna, before heading out to do it all again the next day.

For more ideas of things to do this winter, you'll want to read the Winter To Do Guide next!

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