Winter Activities

Winter is an amazing season in Gravenhurst with many outdoor activities to enjoy. As the lakes begin to freeze over and the snow begins to fall, there are some great activities for the whole family from skiing to skating, snowmobiling to ice fishing. Gravenhurst is a winter wonderland of events and home to the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival. We hope you enjoy the winter in Gravenhurst!

Hike, Ski, Snowshoe & Fatbike

Snowshoeing at Muskoka Bay ClubGravenhurst offers a great list of trails that can be used for skiing and snowshoeing. Be sure to check out the Trails page for more information on the length and difficulty of each trail.

Also make sure to visit Camping in Muskoka, home to Gravenhurst Nordic Trails - a network of 17km of groomed and track set cross-country ski trails with ski and snowshoe rentals available.  Follow @gravenhurst_nordic_trails on Instagram for up to date trail conditions and other important information. 

Head over to Taboo Muskoka Resort Thursday through Sunday to enjoy fat tire biking, snowshoeing, skating and more. You don't want to miss the guided nature hikes Fridays and Saturdays at 2pm and you're invited to warm and cozy beach bonfires Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm at the Adventure Clubhouse. Special weekly indoor and outdoor activities listed on the website. All activities are weather dependent on available on a first come first served basis. Some activities have additional costs.

Public Skating 

The Town has two outdoor ice surfaces located at the Wharf Sports Field at 1111 Bay St
OUTDOOR RINK - THIS FACILITY IS UNSUPERVISED - USE AT OWN RISK
Due to temperatures, outdoor skating rinks are closed as of Jan 26. Check town news for real time updates on public skating. 
  • the opening of the outdoor rink is weather dependent, to form a base from which staff can flood, a large amount of snow that has more moisture in order to pack it is needed, followed by a number of cold weather days (-10 C or below) for at least a week
  • staff monitor the weather conditions daily, and when they are favourable, try to flood the outdoor rinks
  • Be respectful to all patrons with all skill levels
  • Stay safe

 

The following public skates take place at the Graeme Murray Arena in the Centennial Centre

  • Please Note: Cancellations May Occur - for the most up to date schedule, please follow us on social media or check the community calendar
  • Fee is $2 at the door

Weekend Public Skates 

Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm - 12:50 pm
September 9, 2023 to March 31, 2024

Adult Leisure Skate
Monday to Friday: 9 am - 9:50 am
September 5, 2023 to April 5, 2024

Parent & Child Skate
Monday & Wednesday: 11:30 am - 12:50 pm
September 5, 2023 to April 3, 2024 

Please note the following posted information

All patrons who participate in ice skating programs must respect the following rules:

  • Follow all direction from Arena Operators and Town Staff 
  • Children 10 years of age and younger must be actively supervised by a responsible person 16 years of age or older. 
  • It is recommended that all skaters wear a CSA approved  helmet while on the ice. 
  • Only industry approved skate aides are permitted on the ice surface.

Prohibited Activities

  • No spitting or nasal expelling
  • No rough play, tag, racing, foul language or inappropriate behaviour
  • No carrying children while on the ice surface (including baby carriers)
  • No food or drink on the ice surface
  • No use of cell phones while on the ice
  • No shoes and/or strollers on the ice
  • No sitting on the boards
  • No hockey sticks/pucks are permitted during Public Skating times
  • Skate with the direction of all skaters
  • Please exit the ice surface promptly when buzzer rings

Snowmobiling

Three snowmobiles in the snow.Gravenhurst is home to hundreds of kilometers of groomed snowmobile trails. With the efforts of the Snowcrest Riders Snowmobile Club these trails are maintained and  marked for your safety.
Once the trails are open, snowmobiling is a great way to experience Gravenhurst and there are several operators willing to suit you up and take you out onto the trails.
For a list of dealers and rental locations visit the Gravenhurst Business Directory.
Be safe when you sled: Stay on the trails, dress appropriately, and most importantly don't drink and sled!
Remember to respect our landowners/private property owners and stay off all CLOSED trails. Any use of CLOSED trails without the landowner's permission is TRESPASSING and could result in trail permissions being revoked.

Gravenhurst Winter Carnival

Skokie

Mark your calendar for the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival!

Family Day Weekend, February 15 - 18, 2024

Join Skokie for a weekend full of winter fun, entertainment and activities for the whole family!

Winter Packaging

Wanting to stay overnight in Gravenhurst and looking for accommodation and vacation package options? A few options are listed below, but be sure to check out our 'Stay' in Gravenhurst page for all accommodators in the area.

Indoor Winter Activities

If outdoor winter activities just aren't your thing, we have plenty for you to do indoors! 

Kids Playing

Head over to Gravenhurst's very own brewery: Sawdust City Brewing Co. Besides great beer, you can also try out Open Mic Nights Mondays ay 6:30 pm, Trivia every other Tuesday at 7pm, Rotary Bingo Wednesdays at 7pm and live music every Saturday at 8pm, plus workshops and special events!
Warm up in one of Gravenhurst's coffee shops!
Like to shop? Check out Gravenhurst's great shops for clothes, art, gifts, toys and more! 
Enjoy the 'Taste' of Gravenhurst in one of our great restaurants or cafes.
Take in some live music or a show at the Gravenhurst Opera House or at a local restaurant.
Get to know Muskoka through the exhibits and galleries at the Muskoka Discovery Centre a one-of-a-kind museum that inspires curiosity and feeds the imagination for all ages.
Be sure to consider Kidzone at the Muskoka Discovery Centre - based on the STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) learning principles, Kidzone creates a space for hands-on activities and programming.           

Nearby Exploring

Gravenhurst is the "Gateway to Muskoka" and the best place to stay and explore the rest of Muskoka! Check out these regional Things To Do and See!


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