spend your WINTER
    with us in MUSKOKA

Enjoy our Winter Wonderland

Skiing in MuskokaThe resort is situated on the shores of Lake of Bays in the heart of Muskoka, an area renowned in winter for its large annual snowfall, spectacular beauty, clean air, and abundance of wildlife.

Although snow arrives in this area as early as late October, winter conditions for outdoor activities are generally not reliable until some time during December. Downhill skiing and snowboarding may start during November if the weather is cold enough to make snow. Generally by Christmas there is lots of snow. The lake is usually frozen by early January and doesn't open up again until late April.

Our guests enjoy the benefits of having cottage accommodation. Families will appreciate the convenience of separate bedrooms. Couples will enjoy the privacy of their own cottage.

There is much to do and see at Blue Water Acres. There are more recreational facilities than most other resorts in Ontario. During winter there are multiple activities on site to choose from including skating, tubing, ice fishing and snowshoeing. Snowboarding, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, dog sledding, sleigh rides and snowmobiling are all available close by.

We know you will want to know as much as possible about where you will spend your winter vacation or a short breakaway. You'll be able to do this right here. There are many pages for you to explore with many photos and much information about the resort, the area, and our local attractions and services.

To avoid disappointment, it's a good idea to book your vacation as early as possible. Our rates are very competitive.

My friends and I had a blast when we were up in January. The weather was perfect and we did EVERYTHING!

Collectively divided by 4, we stood 200 years of wisdom and experience, at the top of the tubing hill, and laughed all the way to the bottom. We risked broken hips and lived to tell about it.

Add the snow angels on the pool deck, and you couldn’t ask for a better time.

Judy Vye

Lots to Do in and Around Blue Water Acres

Most of the outdoor winter activities listed here are generally all available from Christmas to mid March. Depending on snow conditions, some may be available late Fall and early Spring.

Enjoy an Old Fashioned Sleigh Ride

Sleigh rides are available at Stoneleigh Farms at Deerhurst Resort 1-800-461-4393 or Back of Beyond Equine Centre 705-789-1605.

The Pioneers Travelled This Way

You can still do it the ol' fashioned way. Snowshoeing is a great way to get around in pure virgin snow. In places where you would be waist deep in snow without snowshoes, you can easily traverse through the beautiful country side with them. It's fun, a bit tricky at first, and good exercise. Equipment can be rented at Blue Water Acres at a cost of $15 for 1/2 day.

Experience The BLUE WATER ACRES Tube HillSnow Tubing

It is awesome, thrilling, terrifying, fast and loads of fun You'll get your exercise climbing this hill. You'll feel a rush of adrenaline as you look down the slope. It's long and it's steep. You'll gradually mount the courage to push off. The next minute will provide you with an unforgettable experience.

You'll thank us for having provided large truck tubes for the experience. They provide you with a more comfortable and safer ride than other sleighs and toboggans, and create the thrill of your life. After you've done it once, you'll go back to do it again and again. You'll talk about this hill long after you've left Blue Water Acres.

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Hidden Valley Ski Area is only 15 minutes drive from Blue Water Acres. Play all day, an afternoon, or just for the evening. Then, relax in the privacy of your own cottage in front of your fireplace.

Kids' Will Have the Time of Their Life

They can have fun inside and outside. There's no shortage of things to do for children. Outside they can play in the snow, make a giant snowman, slide down a snow covered hill, beat Dad at a game of hockey. Older kids can do virtually anything their parents can do, and probably better.

I Think I Caught a Big One!Ice Fishing

The local fisherman must know something. Ice huts are randomly organized in an area where there must be a great fishing shelf. Everyone is always boasting about the size of the lake trout they caught today. Sometimes someone catches a whitefish too. Both are excellent eating fish.

Only Hear The Sound of Your Skis

There are many trails in the vicinity. The most notable are the trails at Algonquin Park and Arrowhead Provincial Park.

Algonquin Provincial Park is located about 15 minutes drive from Blue Water Acres. There are over 80 km of groomed trails with all level of difficulty. 705-633-5583

Arrowhead Provincial Park is located about 25 minutes drive from the resort. There are 9 marked trails for a total for 38 kilometres. Night skiing is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until 9 pm. 705-789-5105

Ice SkatingBring Your Skates

Do it Day or Night. There's a large outdoor skating rink at Blue Water Acres. It is well maintained. The rink is usually operational by Christmas and generally lasts till about mid March. Length of the season is of course, dependent on the weather. As the temperature is almost always below freezing during the winter, ice conditions are generally excellent. Several hours per day are usually designated for those who want to play hockey. The remaining time is for pleasure skating.

If you forget your skates we have a selection of sizes that you can borrow from free of charge.

This is Certainly Worth a Try!

Dog Sledding is available a short distance from the resort. You'll enjoy this ultimate winter experience as your sled is be pulled by a team of beautiful Siberian huskies. Please contact North Ridge Ranch at 705-788-2828.

Games RoomAccess to 1000's Kilometres of Trails

Ontario has the world's longest integrated snowmobile trail network - 21,000 miles (33,600 km) of groomed routes which connect most snow belt communities. Overlaid on this network are almost 6000 miles (9,600 km) of Trans Ontario Provincial (TOP) Trails which provides main thoroughfares, regional connections, and the provinces most direct touring routes.

Blue Water Acres is located in the heart of one of Ontario's most popular snowmobiling regions known as Muskoka. The resort is located in a natural snow belt area making it one of the most reliable regions providing good snow conditions. Trails in this area are among the most scenic in the province as they wind through the backwoods of the Canadian Shield. Guests staying at Blue Water Acres can access many networks of local trails right from the resort.

Indoor PoolBlue Water Acres is located at Trail number 7 in district 7 of the O.F.S.C.. trail system. Our local club is the Algonquin Snowmobile Club. You must have a trail permit to drive your own machine on the trails. You can visit the O.F.S.C. Website for current permit costs and more information.

Gas and service can be acquired at South Portage Marina, which is less than a one minute ride from the resort. There is room to park trailers at the resort. You can park your machine right at your cottage.

Come In Out of the Snow

Enjoy our Indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool and fitness and games room.  You came to have fun and relax. Here you can relax.


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Lake of Bays, Muskoka
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