Monday, February 15, 2016

Snowshoeing In Blue Mountain

hike blue mountain

Planning a winter event is never easy. It can also be hard to get that true "winter" feel in a bustling city like Toronto. But if you have a few days to spare and a lively group who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, Ontario has so much to offer.

 Last weekend my family and I made our way up to Blue Mountain in Collingwood to take an Xtreme Adventures Hummer Tour and Snowshoe hike up into the trails, which were covered in a fresh dusting of snow.


xtreme adventures hummer
Lauren on the Hummer which took us from the village up to the hiking trails

Walking up the hilly paths of Blue Mountain's hiking trails was so much fun. It was a very steady climb, and nothing too difficult. I wasn't paying very close attention to the time, but I'm assuming that the whole thing took around 2-3 hours. There was a beautiful look-out point at the highest elevation of the trail. Our snowshoes were surprisingly comfortable, and had really sturdy picks on the bottom to avoid slips.

blue mountain hummer tour
My new Pistil hat (link) kept my ears nice and toasty during the hike. It has a breathable knit up top, and warm fleece around the bottom.

It's crucial to have really sturdy winter boots for activities like these. I am so happy with my brand new "Minx Omni-Heat Tall Fire Boots" from Columbia. They're currently on sale here.

collingwood outdoors

Here are the details of the Hummer ride up to the hiking trails, along with the 2-hr guided tour:

Cost: $59.00 / person
Time: 10:30 am, 1:00pm, or 3:30 pm
What to wear: Warm clothing ie; hat, mitts, snow pants and boots
No experience necessary, and don't forget your camera!

XtremeAdventures offers: Jet Ski, Wave Runner, and Sea Doo Rentals, Boat Tours, Tubing, WakeBoarding, Water Skiing, Hummer Tours and Snowshoe Adventures. 


Watch the snow falling in a short video that I snapped on the hike:
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apple cider

We were rewarded with a piping hot cup of apple cider once we returned back to the Hummer. It was the perfect morning hike, which left us hungry for lunch.

Pierogies, reuben sandwich and lemon posset
Perogies, reuben sandwich and lemon posset

We stumbled upon the Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill in The Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain hotel, which just so happened to have a Winterlicious special going on. The prix fixe menu was a mere $15 for their three course lunch. Everything was delicious.

blue mountain hike


Whenever you're looking for a winter wonderland activity, check out snowshoeing! It was great fun.

xx
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