LET IT SNOW!
Warm-up to winter in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region by getting out and checking off these seasonal activities on the BoQ Bucket List: Winter Edition!
Yes, another COVID reminder! Keep washing those hands, physically distancing and wearing your mask. For the latest updates, please visit the Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health website.
1. ICE FISHING ON THE BAY
If you want to reel in some winter fun this year, grab a sweater, rent or purchase a hut and go ice fishing on the Bay of Quinte. Known as the walleye capital of the world (wow!), the Bay of Quinte offers an abundance of exploring for that fishing expert in the family, those who love winter or someone looking to try something new.
Note: As you plan your day, stay safe by checking current ice conditions online at Northern Ontario Travel or by reaching out to local municipal authorities.
2 – HIT THE SLOPES
Batawa Ski Hill is creating more outdoor windows to purchase tickets and food, as well as outdoor fire pits with seating so guests can enjoy a winter picnic – getting the full winter experience. Visit their website or contact them to make reservations ahead of time (members with a season pass included) and follow them on social media for updates.
3. TAKE A HIKE
Get moving and embrace the chilly air with a winter hike at one of the conservation areas or parks below. Take the Hastings Heritage Trail: this four-season trail follows an old railway linking Hastings County and travels across Ontario for 156 kilometres! Throughout the year visitors can be seen hiking, biking, snowmobiling or even horseback riding along the trail. The southern terminus begins at Glen Ross in Quinte West.
4. GEO CASH-IN
If you’re not familiar with geocaching, it’s basically a worldwide scavenger hunt that you can play using the free geocaching app on your phone. There may be a few hidden in the region! See how many hidden treasures you can find.
5. SKI CROSS COUNTRY
Cross-country skiing is both a great workout and a fun adventure. It’s easy to learn and after purchasing the initial equipment, it’s pretty low cost (aside from the warm layers, gas, and a hot chocolate at the end). It’s also kid-friendly! Many of the conservation areas and trails in the Bay of Quinte region are perfect for cross-country skiing.
6. SHOES FOR SNOW
If you’re an avid runner in the warmer seasons or enjoy hiking, definitely try snowshoeing. It gives you a chance to really take in your surroundings and appreciate areas that are often crowded in the summer. Many of the conservation areas in the region offer snowshoeing trails.
7. SLIDE INTO WINTER
Bring your little ones or release your inner child tobogganing at East Zwick’s and Riverside Park! A great hill with a beautiful view is a perfect winter recipe for a jampacked afternoon of fun.
8. QUINTELICIOUS BELLEVILLE
For the month of March, support local restaurants and enjoy delicious food and drink at home with your next takeout order during Quintelicious Belleville. Order takeout from 21 participating Belleville restaurants for a chance to win $500 in prizes. Plus, for every submitted passport, $5 will be donated to a local food charity.
9. HIT THE TRAILS ON HORSEBACK
Whatever level you’re at Fina Vista Farm offers guided trail rides, lessons, riding memberships, PlayDays for adult riders and camps in the summer season. The farm is located in Quinte West and is home to a herd of Paso Fino horses, which are known for their smooth, gentle gait. Call ahead and enjoy a guided magical winter ride into the woods.
Due to COVID-19, there are some restrictions at this time. Beginner riders under 16 are not accepted and social distancing requirements are in effect.
10. SKATE OUTSIDE
It’s time to lace up your skates and hit the ice! Check out these outdoor rinks in Belleville, Brighton and Quinte West:
Note: Please use caution when skating on ice over open water. Check with local municipal authorities on ice thickness to make sure it’s safe.
11. HEAT UP IN A SAUNA
Experience a traditional Russian Banya (outdoor sauna experience) at NotWaste in Quinte West! The Banya includes three different saunas that use a woodstove to make steam (95° C) and create a relaxing and aromatic experience. Your host will provide you with jams, honey and tea as per Russian tradition in between hot and cold sessions. There is also a private outdoor shower and changing room, indoor meeting space, as well as guided forest bathing tours. The Banya experience is said to boost immunity, relax sore muscles and help with insomnia and your overall mood.
12. HAVE A HOT CHOCOLATE
After you have checked each winter activity off of your list, end it with a delicious hot chocolate! There plenty of cozy cafés across the region that offer special warm beverages to warm your bones after a fun cold day outside.