|◘ Parks||◘ Scenic Drives||◘ Nature Areas||◘ Island Princess||◘ Winter Fun|
Hardwood Hills, with snowshoe and cross-country ski trails during winter and mountain biking in other months. Hardwood Hills is located in a beautiful natural area with many amenities, so be sure to check them out. You can check the weather conditions at Hardwood Hills by visiting their webcam for conditions, here at this link.
Since Hardwood Hills is only a few minutes from the City of Orillia, the chances are that the weather conditions at Hardwood Hills will be similar to Orillia's. You can also check the weather cam located in Floral Park, Rama (also just outside of Orillia) for current weather conditions in the Orillia area.
Horseshoe Valley Ski Resort is a full-featured resort area and very popular with the downhill crowd, and those who enjoy snow-tubing/boarding etc. Their location is maybe 15 minutes from Orillia, and close to Barrie so it sees a wide-range of visitors. The resort boasts condos, rooms, suites, restaurants and lounges, and has a large variety of meeting rooms. The Adventure Park includes a zip flyer, climbing wall, tubing, mini golf, maze, downhill mountain biking, and a number of other things just waiting for the family to visit. At Horseshoe Valley, you can have a romantic couples-weekend, or a terrific family getaway since they have facilities for just about everyone.
BlueMountain Ski Resort in Collingwood, Ontario has about the same variety of amenities and sports available as Horsheshoe Valley, and includes the opportunity for snowmobiling (groomed trails), as well as summer vacation packages. They too offer family centered activities and special packages, as well as romantic getaways for couples, conference facilities and are located just outside of Collingwood, providing the visitor with good shopping opportunities within the town itself. Although this ski area is a little further out from Orillia (about 40 minutes), it can be an interesting part of any visit to Orillia for winter activities.
Orillia and District Snowmobile Club, but the trails are also used by avid cross-country skiiers, and walkers throughout the winter months, as well. As the trails cross many natural areas within the city, you'll find a variety of wildlife - from birds and fowl, to little critters like squirrel and chipmunks. For information on the state of the snowmobile trails and maps of, visit the ODSN website.
Along with these activities, during February Orillia (like many other towns nearby) has their own version of the Winterfest, "The Orillia Winter Carnival" which often includes snowmobile races on the lake, polar bear dip, on-ice skating rinks for "kids" of all ages, snow sculpting contests, sleigh rides, ice fishing and the Shivers Ice Castle; this year (2012) the lineup appears to include helicopter rides, among other events like an adult dance, midway, zorb racing, skydiving and just a bunch of stuff that'll knock your socks off if you're a fan of outdoor winter events.
Visit their website for an events schedule.