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5 cheap winter destinations that you can drive to from Toronto

Want to escape the bleak cityscape for a piece of natural Ontario wonder? We couldn't agree more. Below are some close Ontario destinations that you can reach in a short drive from Toronto. No matter your budget, you'll be able to take in scenic landscapes on a quick getaway with any of these five Ontario winter destinations. Make sure your car is winter ready so a little snow won't hold you back.

$25 total: Albion Falls, Hamilton 

Dress warm and have proper shoes that can keep you sturdy in slippery conditions. These historic waterfalls are also a summer destination, but they still look amazing all year round and become completely frozen during the winter months. Take a hike along the trails that are connected to various parking lots in the area and try to find a guide that’s familiar with the area, there will be lots of nature lovers exploring. The drive from Toronto clocks in at around an hour, and the site is technically free, but you'll want to grab lunch, no?

$50 total: Arrowhead Provincial Park, Huntsville

At this scenic provincial park, you'll be able to snowshoe, cross-country ski and/or skate through the woods! How dreamy. The trails are well maintained and it's fun for the whole family. The drive is about 2.5 hours from Toronto and has equipment rentals so you won't necessarily need to bring anything. Check out Arrowhead's winter FAQ page here.

Vehicle pass: $17 to $20 depending on day

3 hours skate rental = 10$ per person

Snowshoes: $12 per person

Cross-country skis, boots and poles: $23 per adult

$100 total: Rent a winterized cottage in Muskoka!

If you're thinking about our $50 option, why not spend the night in the area?! You can find amazing overnight stays in Muskoka (right next to Hunstville) between $60 to $100 per night on short-term rental sites like Airbnb. That way you'll be close to other fun winter activities nearby, and can warm up by the fire when you've tired yourself out! The drive is about 2 hours and 50 minutes from the 6ix.

$200 total: Relaxation package at Scandinave Spa (Blue Mountain)

A two-hour drive will land you at the majestic Blue Mountains. Skip the skis and bring a mate. With 25 acres of relaxation and various steam baths available, you'll get a robe and water bottle to take home for $79 per person. Instead of skiing, you can recline and watch the jump-seekers skip down the mountain as you giggle and cheers to good times. More expensive packages include massages and tea time, but even the basic experience will be something to write home about.

$300 total: 2-hour dogsled tour from Winterdance Dog Tours!

I'm excited about this one. Isn't it everyone's dream to be pulled on a sleigh by 6 dashing, excited huskies along a winter trail through the woods for two hours? It costs $150 per person and you'll definitely want to recruit a friend. If the price seems steep, it might just be a once in a lifetime experience! Kids are half price. The drive will take you around 3 hours so you should make a day out of it.

Happy wintering

If you're looking for a quick weekend trip to take with your boo or best friend, we can only hope to be of service. Be careful if you need to go off-roading to find any of the spots listed, and pick the best route so you can save on gas.