Torontonians love to ski. They really do. And with the Rockies being so far away, they seek more local slopes and ski resorts to satisfy their passion for winter fun in the snow. Ontario’s Winter Wonderland has incredible resorts and facilities for skiers no matter what age, ability, or interest. And one haven in particular that is perfect for a frosty winter holiday is Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood.
Situated just two hours north of Toronto, Blue Mountain has everything a devoted skier, a family, a couple, a tour, or a solo traveller could possibly want. Take it easy on a bunny slope or test your ability on a black diamond run with 14 lifts, elevation of up to 720 feet, and more than 364 acres of terrain ready to be explored. Blue Mountain has you covered for a wonderful holiday from start to finish with not only one-of-a-kind attractions but also a wide variety of accommodations no matter what your budget within and near the village. Here are a few Blue Mountain hotels and resorts to consider:
Blue Mountain Inn
After an extensive renovation, the Blue Mountain Inn brings a touch of luxury combined with ultimate comfort to its guests. A dog-friendly environment, this family-oriented resort has amenities suiting all guests, roomy and comfortable suites with upgraded amenities, and beautiful views of the Blue Mountains.
Guests can enjoy fine dining, top-notch spa treatments, and if not wanting to head out to the cold, some very tempting room service options including eggs benedict, waffles, and burgers to name a few.Rooms start at $119 »
Want to stay conveniently close to the village? Then Cachet Crossing is for you. Not only is it perfect for skiers wishing for a close spot to change and recharge between runs, but it also offers on-site hot tubs, saunas, an indoor pool, and other complementing amenities.
Stay in multi-bedroom villas, or in a cozy romantic suite. Depending on the lodging you choose, suites are offered with a variety of options including fireplaces, soaker tubs, and mountain views.Rooms start at $149 »
Embarc Blue Mountain
This spacious accommodation, on the periphery of the village, is perfect for larger groups of skiers. After a full day out on the slopes, head back to your room, toss those mittens and socks into the dryer and have a dip in the adult pool and hot tub. Rooms have varied amenities, some with soaker tubs and fireplaces.Rooms start at $224 »
Living Water Resort
This beautiful accommodation located approximately six kilometres from the heart of Blue Mountain Village brings luxury for less to its customers. Enjoy condo-style suites with kitchenettes, washing facilities, multiple bedrooms and ample amenities for a holiday.Rooms start at $179 »
The Westin Trillium House
Want to feel like royalty within Ontario’s Winter Wonderland? Westin Trillium House is for you. A posh resort upon the Niagara Escarpment, indulgence and relaxation awaits with comfortable spacious accommodations, first-class amenities and gorgeous outdoor spa facilities. Expect picturesque mountain views for the ideal holiday backdrop and gourmet dining, all topped with a touch of luxury.Suites start at $207 »
Fun Activities Around the Village
What makes Blue Mountain the all-around perfect winter destination is the variety of activities and attractions offered to guests. If you are not a skier or snowboarder, don’t worry. There’s tons to do! Enjoy an evening sipping hot chocolate or savouring comfort food at one of the many village restaurants. One restaurant in particular that offers great Canadian fare is Kaytoo Restaurant and Bar. They have great burgers, fish ‘n’ Chips, and deep-fried pickles. Want to get adventurous? Why not try their signature cocktail- the Bacon Caesar? Enjoy the usual Caesar mix, but with a twist. Kaytoo’s creation includes maple vodka, a touch of syrup, and Worcestershire sauce, rimmed and garnished with maple bacon. If that doesn’t scream Canadian, I don’t know what does!
After a great meal, check out some of the incredible nightlife to sing karaoke or dance up a storm. Want a more relaxing alternative? Enjoy a cappuccino or specialty coffee watching the snowfall by one of the many communal fireplaces. After a great sleep in your suite, wake up bright and early to enjoy a day of winter activities including cross-country skiing nearby, snowshoeing through the many acres of wilderness, or ice skating on the new Woodview Mountaintop Skating Rink. Feeling like a more leisurely activity? Why not browse through the many exclusive artisan shops? Find that special one-of-a-kind necklace, hand-knit scarf, or piece of home décor suiting your mantle perfectly.
You’re on holiday! Why not get a little pampered and indulge in a few spa treatments? Head to the Scandinave Spa, the outdoor tranquil extravaganza of heated pools, infrared saunas, Finnish saunas, and steam rooms. Splurge with a Swedish massage before enjoying a hearty bowl of the café’s daily soup. For the yogis, why not head to IWA Spa and enjoy a revolutionary Yin class upon their volcanic rock, infrared ray infused floor. The combination of this stretching and muscle release class and your skiing/physical activities proves to be the perfect blend for an all-around soul-rejuvenating holiday. Finally, try one of the spa treatments inspired by nature at Kalola Spa.
As you can see Blue Mountain is the quintessential holiday destination thanks to its beautiful scenery, landmarks, unmatched amenities, and comfortable spacious accommodations for all budgets. Get ready to enjoy restaurants suiting all styles and palates, exclusive shops, and night entertainment sure to fill your weekend or multi-day agenda with fond and special memories. As heading out West can be expensive and sometimes difficult, those of us craving a winter holiday complete with a variety of winter sports, exclusive restaurants, and unique experiences, should definitely consider Ontario’s Blue Mountain as the answer for the perfect winter holiday.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head up to Blue!