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Caledon Winter Bucket List: 10+ Activities to Make the Most of Winter

Make the most of winter in Caledon with this epic bucket list to give you inspiration!

1. Skate with friends at Ralph and John’s Rinks

Grab your skates and head on down to these free outdoor community rinks located conveniently beside the Caledon Centre for Recreation & Wellness in Bolton. Chilling equipment at this location ensures that skating opportunities are readily available throughout the winter months.

2. Hike through Upper Credit Conservation Area

Go on scenic hike and connect with nature at this hidden gem in Alton.  Here you enjoy the views of the Credit River that runs through this 400-acre property along with and spot wildlife. The Upper Credit Conservation Area has easy to moderate level hiking trails making this a perfect place for a winter hike for beginners. Parking and admissions are free at this park.

3. Go holiday-shopping at Alton Mill’s Artful Giving Show & Sale

Support local artists while you go holiday-shopping this year by checking out the annual Artful Giving Show and Sale at Alton Mill. The show features 20 local artists showcasing a vast array of unique, original works, in a multitude of mediums including: handcrafted jewelry, pottery, wood carvings, artisan soap, textiles, acrylic, watercolor and oil paintings, and much more. This year the show will run from November 9, 2022 – January 8, 2023. Also be sure to keep an eye out for Christmas Markets at the Alton Mill running from November 9, 2022 – December 31, 2022.

4. Ride a fat bike at Albion Hills Conservation Park

Who says cycling is only for the summer? Enjoy the winter landscape while fat biking at Albion Hills Conservation Park. Situated on the rolling hills of Caledon, this park has more than 50 kilometers of trails designed for riders of all ages and skill levels. If you don’t have your own fat bike, you can rent one at Albion Hills Conservation Park! Visit their website to learn more about admissions, parking, and bike rental fees.

5. Go snowshoeing along the Bruce Trail loop

Soak in the spectacular winter views by snowshoeing along the famous Bruce Trail loop in the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park. A portion of the 900 kilometers Bruce Trail (from Tobermory to Niagara) runs through this park. Along this trail you can enjoy the amazing views of the Credit River. There are also Bruce Trail side trails like the Cataract Trail which you can follow to view the frozen Cataract Falls at the park! Reservations are required at this park, please visit Ontario Parks’ website for more information.

6. Pick your own Christmas tree

Why not pick your own Christmas tree for the holidays? Not only do real Christmas trees look beautiful but they also add a fresh scent to your home. And Christmas tree picking is a great excuse for a daytrip to Caledon with the family and create memories. Check out our article for more information about four farms that sell Christmas trees in Caledon.

7. Enjoy cross-country skiing at Terra Cotta Conservation Area

Terra Cotta Conservation Area is a popular location to enjoy cross-country skiing in Caledon. Terra Cotta has over 6 kilometres of groomed trails for cross-country skiing, suitable for beginner and advanced skiers alike. Terra Cotta offers cross-country skis, boots, and poles for rental and even provides private and group lessons. Visit their CVC’s website for more information.

8. Get warm & cozy at the Millcroft Inn & Spa

Enjoy a relaxing getaway in the country with a warm and cozy stay at the Millcroft Inn & Spa this winter. With wood burning fireplaces, warming fire pits, and year-round outdoor hot spring pools, Millcroft Inn & Spa is the perfect winter destination. Millcroft Inn & Spa also offers a “Warm Up To Winter” promo package available from November 20, 2022 – March 31, 2023.

9. Enjoy winter horse-back riding at Teen Ranch

Caledon’s beautiful landscape makes it a great place to go horse-back riding in all seasons. So why not take a trail ride through the snow with Teen Ranch this winter? To book your trail ride, visit Teen Ranch’s website.

10. Attend the Fire & Ice Festival

Every winter, the Alton Mill Art Centre hosts the Fire & Ice Festival. The event features ice carving, pond hockey & ice skating, food & drink, a super snow slide, art workshops, and a fire sculpture at dusk! You don’t want to miss this family-friendly event taking place on January 28th and 29th.

11. Grab a pint at Caledon Hills' cozy church beer hall

Best way to stay warm? Drink a beer at Caledon Hills’s cozy church beer hall! Caledon Hills is a family-owned brewing company located in Palgrave. In 2020, they opened their very own Brew Pub by converting a small 19th century church into a brewery and restaurant. They always have special events going on, especially during the holiday season. Be sure to visit their website to learn more.

12. Get crafty with Edge of Grey's studio classes

Why not get crafty this winter? Located in the historic Alton Mill Arts Centre, Edge of Grey’s studio offers encaustic painting classes and workshops open to people of all ages, levels, and abilities. The Edge of Grey studio is run by a passionate artist, Kim Kool. Learn more about the artist and how to register for classes by visiting their website.

13. Go glamping at Alabaster Acres

Camping in winter has its perks –  the snowy landscape makes it a tranquil experience and its bug-free! For a more comfortable and cozy winter camping experience, try glamourous camping or glamping at Alabaster Acres. At Alabaster Acres you will receive everything required for an enjoyable stay including daily continental breakfast, king-sized bed with luxurious bedding, comfortable furnishings and décor, working wood stove, bath and shower facilities, Wi-Fi in select common areas, and more.

14. Go on a Heritage Walking Tour

Caledon is home to many historic villages and hamlets. You can get active and explore Caledon’s history at the same time by taking a Heritage Walking Tour this winter. Be sure to stop by a local coffee shop or restaurant to warm up at the end of your walk! Click this link to view the thirteen specially designed walking tours by the Town of Caledon.

15. Enjoy Maple Syrup at Terra Cotta Conservation Area

Near the end of winter be sure to check out the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at the Terra Cotta Conservation Area. You can enjoy pancakes, real maple syrup, taffy and tour their maple syrup demonstrations at the festival. Terra Cotta even offers storybook walks where you can learn from their Indigenous partners. The festival usually takes place in early March every year and reservations are required to attend.

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