Its hard to imagine the winter snow
scenes that can be found outside your cottage window when you are
sitting in your condo in the city.
In fact where my daughter lives in Toronto they rarely see the same
levels of snow found just a few hours north in Cottage Country.
Winter at the cottage means you are waist deep in snow, road closures
are normal and snow squalls are a way of life.
Scene - thanks to Carol Walberg
But with all the snow means you can take part in winter outdoor
activities like cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and
Many of Ontario's
hiking trails double in the winter as cross country
ski and snowmobile routes. And just east of the Bruce Peninsula you
will find Ontario's ski country centered around Collingwood.
Dog path in
Snow - by Carol Walberg
The 1st day of winter may not be until December 21st but expect most of
cottage country to get some of their first snow falls by November and
be knee deep by December.
When my children were younger we traveled to the cottage each
Christmas to visit with family. We have done everything from clearing a
skating rink on the bay to building a snow slide off the deck.
Winter Scenes - picture taken by Carol Walberg
Spending a week at the cottage in the middle of winter has its
challenges. Your cottage might not have bedding or blankets enough to
keep everyone warm. Or you might need to dig your way to the door to
even get inside!
Aside from that you might not even be able to walk around outside due to
the drifting and blustery snow depicted above. But once everything
calms down you are left to experience a beautifully white winter
Scenes of Winter - picture by Carol Walberg
Nevertheless, experiencing the cottage in the winter is a must for
every family whether it is simply a launching point for some family
skiing or a vacation to slow down from your busy city life.