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6 Winter Sleigh Rides in Ontario You Can Visit Right Now

Can you hear those sleigh bells jingling? Celebrate everything that the season has to offer with horse-drawn sleigh rides that’ll bring the magic of winter alive.

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St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours

Dash through open fields and the sugar bush on a scenic 45-minute ride with St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours in Woolwich. A small sleigh holds up to four adults and the big sleigh accommodates up to fifteen adults—the more, the merrier after all. Once the sleigh comes to a stop, hop off and spend a relaxing afternoon in the rustic sugar shack. Huddle up around the wood stove and sip on hot apple cider while catching up with your loved ones. When the day’s done, head over to the nearby St. Jacobs Farmers Market in Waterloo to stock up on an assortment of goodies from local vendors and artisans.

Note: Before you go, don’t forget to check in with the operators for booking availability and latest COVID-19 safety protocols.

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Armstrong’s Thunder Ridge Farm

Explore the beauty of the Almaguin Highlands from the back of a horse-drawn sleigh at Armstrong’s Thunder Ridge Farm. The property boasts 54 acres of groomed trails for daytime jaunts and evening rides under festive lights for a mesmerizing adventure. You can choose from several packages, ranging from quick 30-minute rides that’ll have you home in time for dinner or a leisurely one-and-a-half hour, which includes a bonfire and steaming hot chocolate. Don’t be afraid to bring the whole family—each sleigh can fit up to 15 people (with masks on, when social distancing isn’t possible).

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Fairytale Horse and Carriage

You’ll want to keep your camera within arm’s reach for picture perfect photo opp at Fairytale Horse and Carriage. Spend a sunny afternoon at the farm located a few minutes outside of Orangeville on a relaxing 40-minute sleigh ride for groups of up to 10. After taking in the sights in style, warm up by the fire pit and cap off the day with the sweetest of cold weather treats—delightfully gooey s’mores and hot chocolate. Don’t leave without a warm greeting for the miniature animals!

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Gammondale Farm

Make this a holiday season you won’t soon forget with a sleigh ride at Gammondale Farm in Thunder Bay. Take your annual holiday soiree to new heights with their sleigh ride party packages for up to a group of 20. The all-inclusive includes travels around the fields at the foot of Candy Mountain, time to warm up in the cozy log house and a visit to the various animals on the farm including sheep and rabbits. Bring your own sleds, snowshoes and cross country skis to make the most of the wintery landscape. All visitors to the farm must show proof of vaccination.

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Merrylynd Farms

Start a new tradition at Merrylynd Farms this holiday by taking part in one of theirs. Since 1825, horse-drawn sleigh rides have been part of life here. Book a moonlit ride for an intimate group of eight or invite the entire crew for a day of pure winter fun. In addition to outdoor campfire, ice skating and tobogganing, they also offer farm tours for an inside look at traditional food production in Ontario. It’s BYOHD—bring your own hot dogs—for the outdoor barbecue.

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Dual Acres Wagon and Sleigh Rides

Put Dual Acres Wagon and Sleigh Rides as a stop on your next weekend road trip. Immerse yourself in nature on Durk and Alma DeVries’ family farm, about 15 minutes away from Sauble Beach. For over 20 years, the DeVries have been offering sleigh rides through self-made trails across their 50 acres of wood lot. The resulting maze winds through some of the most beautiful trees in the Grey Bruce area and ends with an invitation to warm up with a mug of hot chocolate in the shack.

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