Join us for a family winter getaway in Muskoka!

Every year Muskoka turns into Ontario’s winter playground with tons of fun activities and tons of snow.

Get the whole family together at the ONLY lake-side and ski-side resort in Muskoka. Walk across the street directly onto the ski hill.

You will experience an abundance of winter fun activities from skiing, skating, sledding, ice fishing and so much more!

The famous Arrowhead Ice-Skating Trail just 10 minutes away.

We have many great packages available. Check them out here: hvmuskoka.com/special-offer/

Fall has arrived in Muskoka following the hot and bustling summer.

It’s time to kick off those flip flops and lace up those hiking boots as the cozier season approaches.

Fall is perfect for hiking: the cooler temperatures and natural beauty combined create the ideal hiking season.

Fall is fleeting, so take the opportunity to experience a fall hike in Muskoka before it gets too chilly to be outdoors for extended periods of time.

Here are 5 breathtaking hikes that allow you to fully appreciate Muskoka’s autumn glow.

Don’t forget to snap tons of photos!

Whether your shooting a family portrait or capturing a memory, these photos will always bring you back to that beautiful fall day you spent in Muskoka.

Read more to discover 5 fall hikes in the Muskoka region here: https://www.discovermuskoka.ca/5-hiking-trails-muskoka-2/

This fall the annual Muskoka Cranberry Route is back for another season!

Join us at more than 30 stops across Muskoka, giving you the opportunity to enjoy cranberries in a plethora of different ways.

Bala is the cranberry capital of Ontario and has been hosting one of the largest cranberry celebrations, the Bala Cranberry Festival for the last 30+ years. 

This year the festival is on October 14 – 16, 2022. This cranberry capital is also home to the oldest cranberry farm in Ontario, and the only cranberry farm in the world with its own on-site winery!

The cranberry love doesn’t stop in Bala; in fact Muskoka has long been crazy for cranberries!

Across the region talented chefs, bakers, creators and brewers have been incorporating local cranberries into their craft for years.

The Muskoka Cranberry Route pulls this collection together to showcase local food, talent and culinary creativity.

Tour the cranberry marsh, sip cranberry craft beer and cider, indulge in cranberry baked goods, taste cranberry inspired cuisine, and so much more!

Your cranberry adventure will take you down some of Muskoka’s most historic main streets, scenic back roads and along iconic lake side views.

Plan your #CRANROUTE culinary adventure today. This is one crantastic experience you won’t want to miss!

View more activities and a full schedule at: https://www.discovermuskoka.ca/muskoka-cranberry-route/

Be sure to book your summer family getaway in Muskoka while there is still time left! A few dates are left for August.

Check out our new Buffet Dinner menu. Changing nightly.

Ski season starts December 15 and we are the ONLY SKI-SIDE resort in Muskoka!

Weekday rates for Sunday – Thursday stays are only $249/night for a ski package: Includes accommodation, free breakfast, and all day ski passes for 2 people!

Looking to stay on a weekend? Weekend package rates start at $269/night.

Holidays and weekends pricing will vary and depend on availability.

This offer must be booked by directly calling or emailing our resort. 705-789-2301 or email reservations@hiddenvalleyresort.ca

Click here for the latest Ski Hill hours, open dates, and closures for holidays:

www.skihiddenvalley.ca/need-to-know/hours-of-operation/

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Additional Child 5 & under $14 / Additional Child 6-12 $57.69 / Additional Child 13-17 $65.60 / Extra Adult $71.25

Get $100 in Free Fuel, Dining or Activity Experiences with Your Getaway to Winter Wonderland in Muskoka!

Winter Fuel & Fun Travel Voucher Packages include: 

– One (1) $50 Gas Card 

– Two (2) $25 Experience Vouchers

 – Vouchers may be redeemed anytime during the promotional period: January 10 – March 10, 2022

Reservations must be made between:  December 1 – 21st,  2021 
For 2-night stays taking place between: January 10 – March 10, 2022

*Book ANY two-night package or stay at Hidden Valley Resort Muskoka between December 1 – 21, 2021*

to be eligible for this exciting promotion offered by the Great Canadian Wilderness, Huntsville’s regional tourism organization. 

A limited supply of these Fuel & Fun travel voucher packages are available while supplies last so book now!

How to Register for this Offer

Once you have booked your stay,  register online on the Great Canadian Wilderness site here with your Hidden Valley Resort reservation confirmation number.

First come, first served — only while supplies last! Vouchers will be waiting for you at check-in.

Then simply present your vouchers at participating restaurants, gas stations and other experience providers noted in your voucher package. 

Disclaimer: Not applicable for group bookings. Offer is based on availability while supplies last. Vouchers are not redeemable beyond the promotional period and expire March 10, 2022.   

TRAIL UPDATE: The Ice Skating Trail will open for the 2020/2021 season in January and skating will be available from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm everyday. The Trail will be closed between 11:30 am – 1:00 pm for scheduled maintenance.

Please note that Arrowhead Provincial Park can get extremely busy during peak times (the weekend) and often reaches capacity. Plan ahead and check @ArroPark on Twitter for real-time capacity updates. Mid-week is often the best time to visit. 

Please be responsible when enjoying winter at Arrowhead by continuing to follow public health advice. All visitors are asked to wear a mask or face covering when visiting indoor facilities, such as park offices, at the Visitor Centre, and washrooms. To reduce overcrowding and promote physical distancing, Arrowhead will not be hosting any Fire and Ice events this season.


The Legend of Muskoka’s “Fairy Tale Skate Through the Canadian Forest” Continues to Grow!

Already one of Ontario’s most popular winter attractions, the Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail was named as one of the Top 50 Canadian Winter Experiences by Flight Network, and one of 19 Stunning Natural Ice Skating Rinks Around the World by Travel+Leisure.

Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail

Very Important ‘Insider’ Information

  • Saturdays are the busiest days for the Ice Skating Trail, and it often reaches capacity. On the busiest Saturdays wait times into the park have reached up 30 mins, and worst case scenario vehicles have been turned away.
  • To avoid disappointment and for the absolute best experience, visit midweek or on Sundays!
  • Fire & Ice nights are extremely popular. The Fire & Ice Nights on Thursdays expect to be less busy.
  • Should you find yourself unable to get into the Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail on the weekend because it has reached capacity, check out the Cranberry Ice Trail, the only skating trail in the world with its own on-site winery. Post-skate, cozy around their campfire and sip on a cup of hot mulled wine.

Ontario’s best kept secret…might not be a secret anymore. The Ice Trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park has graduated from local folklore, to becoming a mainstay in Muskoka’s winter season! Opened in 2012 on a whim and a vision, the Ice Skating Trail has become one of the region’s most popular winter attractions, and one of the province’s most sought after winter ‘bucket list’ experiences.

The 1.3 km Ice Skating trail winds through the thick Muskoka forest and is a winter experience like no other. If you get to skate the loop after a fluffy snowfall, consider yourself in luck. Being surrounded on all sides by snow-covered evergreen trees is an absolutely stunning sight, and one that you won’t soon forget. Bring your family and watch your kids whip around the track with the perfect backdrop, or surprise your loved one with a romantic ‘hand-holding’ skate through the forest.

Weather permitting throughout the winter, the Arrowhead Provincial Park hosts Fire & Ice nights at the Ice Skating Trail on select Saturday nights in January and February. As if a skating trail through the forest wasn’t awesome enough, this is an experience you have to try first hand! Once the sun goes down and the stars come out, the Ice Skating Trail is illuminated by hundreds of tiki torches lighting your way as you carve through Muskoka’s beautiful evergreens.


Related: click here to see our top winter vacation packages


Important Info to Note:

  • The Ice Skating trail’s open status is subject to weather conditions. In season’s past, the trail has been open from the first week in January to roughly the second week in March
  • For latest updates on the Ice Skating Trail, check out Arrowhead Provincial Park’s daily update on their website
  • The best time to visit the ice skating trail is midweek. Less traffic on the ice means the ice is in considerably better condition
  • Open 7 days a week at 11am. Closes at 5pm in January, 5:30pm in February, and 6pm in March
  • Fire & Ice Nights schedule for 2019. Thursday nights expect to be less busy than Saturday nights.
    • Monday, December 31, 2018
    • Thursday, January 3, 2019
    • Saturday, January 12, 2019
    • Saturday, January 19, 2019
    • Thursday, January 24, 2019
    • Saturday, February 2, 2019
    • Saturday, February 9, 2019
    • Thursday, February 14, 2019
    • Saturday, February 23, 2019 – CANCELLED due to weather conditions
    • Saturday, March 2, 2019
    • Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • On Fire & Ice Nights, the Ice Skating Trail will be open from 11am – 3pm, and from 6pm – 9pm.
  • Skate rentals available at the park for $10
  • Helmets are recommended on the trail, but not mandatory
  • Admission is $17 per vehicle Monday to Friday, $20 per vehicle Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
  • Dogs are not permitted on the ice skating trail, or on cross country ski trails at Arrowhead Provincial Park. They are permitted on snowshoeing trails at the park
  • Baby strollers with rubber wheels (no metal wheels) are permitted on the skating trail, as long as the parent is comfortable. Use of baby strollers on the trail is at parent’s own risk
Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail

Arrowhead Provincial Park’s new ice skating trail may have garnered the park a lot of attention, but the truth is they have long been renowned as Muskoka’s winter playground. The provincial park is regarded as one of the top cross country ski destinations in Ontario, with 28km of classic ski trails and 16km of skate ski trails, ranging in difficulty From beginner to expert. The park also features a number of snowshoeing trails, with rentals for both snowshoeing and cross country skis available on site. If you want to get back to your childhood, there is a tubing hill at the park for you to whiz downhill on (tubes are provided). If you need a break From the outdoors, the park has a number of heating stations with wood burning stoves for you to cozy up inside, perfect if you packed a lunch for your day of winter fun!

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We are the only ski-side and lake-side resort in Muskoka!

Winter is such a magical time and here is out top list of things to do this winter with your family in Muskoka!

#1 Ice Skating Trails

Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail

Not only did we start the ice skating trail trend, we perfected it! Check out these two amazing skating trails, both with their own unique twist to this age-old Canadian pastime.

A magical skate through the Canadian forest, the Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail was named one of the world’s most stunning natural rinks by Travel + Leisure

The Cranberry Ice Trail is the only ice skating trail with an onsite winery. After a skate, relax by a rustling fire while sipping on hot mulled cider or wine. Better yet, finish with their wine tasting experience.

#2 Mush! The Ultimate Winter Bucket-List Experience

The thrill of the Arctic and one of the great Canadian winter experiences is ready for you to try in Muskoka. Mush through the beautiful Muskoka wilderness behind your team of dogs at North Ridge Ranch.

#3 Fat biking through the snowy wilderness

No other winter activity has grown in popularity as much as fat biking in recent years. Fat biking is one of the greatest winter activities you can get into, and it is so simple to do. Liv Outside in Bracebridge has rentals and trails on-site, and Algonquin Outfitters in Huntsville has bikes for rent with trails nearby. Be sure to register for the 2nd Annual Muskoka Winter Bike Festival on February 1, 2019!

#4 Sleddin’

With over 1200 km of exceptionally groomed trails and unlimited touring opportunities, we’ve got your snow! For the inexperienced, guided tours with rentals are available from Muskoka Stay n’ Play Tours. If you have a good comfort level on the trails, check out our local sled rental companies. Reserve your machines early though, when the snow flies the phones start ringing off the hook!

If you have your own sled, Muskoka offers some of the best sled and stay packages you will find! If you are looking for the ultimate snowmobile tour, take the RAP (Round Algonquin Park Tour) and park n’ ride from Muskoka.

#5 Skiing Cross Country

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Muskoka has 100’s of kms of top notch cross country ski trails, so it is no wonder that skiers flock from all corners of the province to strap on the skis. Some of the best trails in the province are found at Arrowhead Provincial Park, with a full fleet of ski rentals on-site for beginners.

A number of resorts even boast their own cross country ski trails so you can sleep, eat and play, all in one place: Bayview Wildwood Resort (8km), Cedar Grove Lodge (10km), Deerhurst Resort (5km), Bondi Village Cottage Resort (15km) and Sherwood Inn (1km).

#6 Snowshoeing the beautiful back country

It is tough to have a list of Muskoka winter activities and not include snowshoeing. Recreational snowshoeing is immensely popular in Muskoka today, featuring hundreds of kms of great trails throughout the region. If you are looking for trails with rentals on-site, try Liv Outside in Bracebridge, Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery in Bala, the Gravenhurst KOA and Arrowhead Provincial Park in Huntsville.

If you would like an experienced and friendly guide to show you all the best snowshoeing hot spots, Find Your Wild with a guided snowshoe safari in Muskoka or Algonquin Park.

#7 All Things Downhill

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Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area is ideal for skiers of all levels with eleven runs, a terrain park, kids camps, childcare, as well as ski & snowboard instruction and rentals. Ski and Stay packages are available from Deerhurst Resort and Hidden Valley Resort, both right next door to the ski hill.

#8 One Horse Open Sleigh Rides

Is there anything more magical than a horse drawn sleigh ridethrough a winter wonderland? Perfect winter activity for an afternoon with your family or a romantic evening ride with your hunny. Back of Beyond Equine Centre and Twin Maples Farm both offer memorable winter sleigh rides at their farms.

#9 Ice Fishing

The great Canadian winter pastime, ice fishing is tremendously popular in Muskoka. New to the sport? Muskoka Stay n’ Play Tours offers guided ice fishing tours complete with gear, heated hut, bait, and will even prepare your catch out on the ice for lunch!

Muskoka Shores Cottages on 3 Mile Lake has ice huts available for daily rentals, as well as an overnight ice fishing package complete with cottage accommodation and ice hut rental.

#10 Winter Crafts

Be sure to check out the seasonal beers from our local craft breweries, Lake of Bays Brewing CoMuskoka Brewery, and Sawdust City Brewing Co. Sampling and tastings are always offered throughout regular business hours.

One way to get your craft beer fix is with Brew Tours, a chartered bus tour that showcases all three of these breweries with a lunch stop at a popular gastropub.

Book Before It’s Gone! Our amazing Ski Packages won’t last long!

Winter is such a magical season and there is no better place to experience it than in Muskoka. We are the only ski-side resort in Muskoka and have a special package just for you.

Package includes a stay in any room type of your choice. $249/Night + Free Breakfast & Full Day Ski Passes! Based on double occupancy*.

Offer is valid for stays Sunday – Thursday until March 31, 2021. Weekend packages start at $269/Night.

This offer must be booked by directly calling or emailing our resort.
Call: 705-789-2301
Email: reservations@hiddenvalleyresort.ca

We have flexible cancellation so you can book the perfect stay, worry free.

Sep 22 Covid-19 Update

In accordance with the Ontario Provincial Government, starting September 22, 2021, we will require all guests 12 years of age and older to provide proof of being fully vaccinated in order to use our shared indoor facilities and amenities. Proof of vaccination will be required to use our indoor restaurant, indoor swimming areas, indoor event and conference areas. The Ontario Government considers an individual as fully vaccinated 14 days following the final dose of an approved vaccine treatment. Proof of vaccination will be required at entry, along with photo ID. Children under the age of 12 currently not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine are exempt and do not require any validations to enter the resort. Masks continue to be mandatory in all indoor spaces.