Presented by\nReady for your perfect weekend getaway during the winter? Now, I know you're probably thinking of somewhere warm, but we have an alternative idea for you. Imagine spending a weekend up in Sault Ste. Marie experiencing a winter adventure like you've never had before.\nWe're talking one-of-a-kind scenery and nature, activities for everyone, great shopping, amazing food and drinks, and so much more! From skiing and snowshoeing to skating, there are so many winter activities that you'll love. Plus, you can do all these things while enjoying the gorgeous scenery that the Sault has to offer; you definitely won't be able to explore ancient mountains and freshwater seas like you do up in the Sault!\n\n \n \n \n \n \n Travis Favretto\n \n \n \nSo take some time away from the city to experience some one-of-a-kind outdoor winter adventures. Without further ado, here's an awesome list of all the winter activities you can look forward to this year in Sault Ste. Marie! \nExplore ice caverns that are unique to the area\nPrice: Free\nWhen: February - March\nWhere: Along Lake Superior, but especially Gros Cap, Red Rock, Alona Bay, Pancake Bay, Mica Bay, and Coppermine Point\nWhy You Need To Go: Because, honestly, where else would you be able to explore the inside of ice formations without having to travel very far? Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding area are home to breathtaking ice caves that, when taking proper safety precautions (never go alone, proceed with caution, and research safety conditions beforehand!), can be super fun to explore! How fun? Well, let's just say, The New York Times has named Sault Ste. Marie's ice caves one of the best 52 places to visit in. The. World! \n\n \n \n \n \n \n Konrad Wojcik\n \n \n \nWebsite\nFind your upper-body strength and try ice climbing\nPrice: $150.00 for a beginner course\nWhen: All winter\nAddress: 44 Great Northern Rd, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 6H4\nWhy You Need To Go: From beginner to advanced instruction, why not try ice climbing? The classes are small, so you're guaranteed one-on-one time with the instructor. Group sizes can range from two to six people. Also, not only will you get to spend time actually climbing, but the trained instructors can teach you a lot about ice formations, ice-climbing history, and other interesting facts. I bet there are some great views while climbing, too! You'll have to find out for yourself and check it off your activity bucket list. \n View this post on Instagram The young and the restless! #Iceclimbing #SuperiorExploration A post shared by Shaun Parent (@superiorexploration) on Feb 4, 2019 at 8:15pm PST\n\nWebsite\nTry one of the many local breweries — like Outspoken Brewing\nPrice: Depends on your picks!\nWhen: Open all season\nAddress: 350 Queen St E, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 1Z1\nWhy You Need To Go: From a list of brewed in-house ales and IPAs, this company is for beer lovers of all kinds. This place may be small, but there's tons to discover: you can attend both on-site and off-site Outspoken Brewing events and enjoy delicious beer and food as an indoor winter activity. So stop by when you need to warm up from your snow-filled fun! You can count on the delicious drinks to keep you warm. \n\n \n \n \n \n \n lortzphoto | Instagram\n \n \n \nWebsite\nTake a winter wonderland sleigh ride at Mockingbird Hill Farm \nPrice: $100 for couples; $200 for group rides\nWhen: November - April\nAddress: 943 Landslide Rd, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 6J8\nWhy You Need To Go: This sleigh ride is unlike any other. Not only are you getting to take in the beauty of winter on a horse-drawn carriage (how romantic), but the ride will pass by historic buildings and head into the forests of the farm. It's a truly relaxing, serene experience. \nBesides, if there's anyone who's not interested in joining the sleigh ride, then they're welcome to stay back and enjoy the petting barn!\n View this post on Instagram Out logging with the team #farmingwithhorses #logging #teamofhorses #winteractivity #farmerbobs #mockingbirdhillfarm #thesoo #saultstemarie #northernontario #algoma A post shared by Mockingbird Hill Farm (@mockingbird.hill.farm) on Feb 23, 2019 at 2:23pm PST\n\nWebsite\nWatch the Northern Lights, right in your own backyard \nPrice: Free\nWhen: January - February\nWhere: Somewhere untouched by light pollution\nWhy You Need To Go: Situated in Northern Ontario, Sault Ste. Marie's unique location makes it the perfect spot to catch one of nature's most spectacular sights. Make sure to find an area with as little light pollution as possible, and enjoy! Algoma District also delivers amazing views. However, if we're talking prime location, Lake Superior Provincial Park (just north of SSM) was officially recognized as a nationally certified Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada — only the second provincial park to earn this designation!\n\n \n \n \n \n \n gregsacco | Instagram\n \n \n \nWebsite\nEnjoy the great outdoors while skating on an ice rink\nPrice: Free admission\nWhen: All winter\nWhere: Various locations\nWhy You Need To Go: There are a ton of outdoor ice rinks in the Sault, and most are open until late with free admission! That includes Clergue Park Skating Trail, a unique skating trail along the shore of St. Mary's River, connecting the inland sea of Lake Superior with Lake Huron. Get all the romantic feels with your partner as you glide on the ice together and watching ocean-going freighters cruise up the shore.\nHere's a list of some other common ones:\n\nAnna McCrea Rink \nMerrifield Rink \nEsposito Rink \nArt Jennings Speed Skating Oval \n\nAt each of these places, you'll be glad to join a game of pick-up hockey or just twirl around on the ice at your own leisure. It's your vacation, so it's your choice!\n\n \n \n \n \n \n ibbtravel | Instagram\n \n \n \nWebsite\nTake advantage of ski-resort living\nPrice: Depends on your dates & picks, but around $340\nWhen: All winter \nAddress: 103 Searchmont Resort Rd, Searchmont, ON P0S 1J0 \nWhy You Need To Go: Experience the two-night ski-and-stay package at the beautiful Searchmont Resort, one of the biggest mountains in Ontario. Spend your days being lifted up the mountain to fly back down, enjoy fine dining, shop, and (best of all) relax! It's known as the true mountain experience. For the inexperienced, there are ski classes too! It's the ultimate ski-cation, and definitely needs to be part of your Sault Ste. Marie winter getaway.\n\n \n \n \n \n \n Colin Field (c/o Algoma Country)\n \n \n \nWebsite\nExperience the trails of Stokely Creek on a cross-country ski adventure\nPrice: $13.56 for a half-day, and $23.00 for a full day \nWhen: All winter \nAddress: Pickard Rd, Goulais River, ON P0S 1E0\nWhy You Need To Go: On these trails, ranked one of the top five great places to cross-country ski in North America by CNN Travel, you're guaranteed views of a lifetime. You'll be challenged, but you'll reach personal milestones at the same time. The Stokely Creek trails are marked and well taken care of, so there's nothing to fear! There are more than 100 miles of varied terrain and trails for every ski level. Enjoy the beauty and silence of the wilderness and go at your own pace. Don't forget to snap a few good Insta photos while you're there. And when it's finally time to wind down, Stokely Creek Lodge has cozy accommodations, a homey ambiance, and great homemade food to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.\n View this post on Instagram Cross-country ⛷ skiing was the perfect way to spend Sunday afternoon! I’m definitely a beginner but eager to learn this lifelong skill and build lifelong friendships.😃 Thanks for the helpful pointers Amanda!! A post shared by Live Well Lifestyles (@a_healthy_slice_of_life_) on Jan 20, 2019 at 5:50pm PST\n\nWebsite\nWarm up and sip some java from a local cafe, like Scott Coffee Co. \nPrice: Depends on your pick!\nWhen: All winter\nAddress: 248 Northern Ave E, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6H 4H6\nWhy You Need To Go: Your entire trip doesn't have to be about adventure 24/7. Sometimes it's nice to just sit back, relax, and enjoy a great cup of coffee. Local cafes are serious hidden gems; there's nothing better than a unique cup of joe in an environment full of great vibes. You can find all that at Scott Coffee Co., among many other great cafes in the Sault too. Oh — and there are delicious treats to snack on while you enjoy well-deserved caffeine. Wouldn't you love to get coffee from a cafe that looks like a real gingerbread house?\n View this post on Instagram Operation " turn @scottcoffeeco into a #gingerbreadhouse " complete. 😎☕🍭 A post shared by Scott Coffee Co. (@scottcoffeeco) on Nov 27, 2018 at 4:21pm PST\n\nWebsite\nGo fat-biking through the Superior Highlands for an adrenaline-packed experience\nPrice: Free\nWhen: All winter\nAddress: 418 Fourth Line W, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 0B5\nWhy You Need To Go: Sure, your trip doesn't have to be a constant adventure. But let's be real: no adventure trip is complete without fat-biking! Cycle (in the winter!) down the snowy wonderland that is Crimson Ridge, and prepare to never look at a summer biking trail the same way again. Whizzing through over 20 km of towering snow-covered pines of the Superior Highlands in piles of snow? Um, yes, please!\n\n \n \n \n \n \n lortzphoto | Instagram\n \n \n \nWebsite\nTake in the beauty of winter as you snowshoe at Hiawatha Highlands\nPrice: $50 for a Season Pass or $5 for a Day Pass + $10 for rentals\nWhen: All winter\nAddress: 780 Landslide Rd, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5K7\nWhy You Need To Go: There's probably no better way to experience the great big outdoors than by snowshoeing through over 9 km of trails. Not only is this activity super fun, but it's an awesome way to burn some calories, get some fresh air, and delight in the beauty of winter. You can go at your own pace on the Pinder Trails or take it up a notch on the more challenging Crystal Trail.\n\n \n \n \n \n \n matthew_swiderski | Instagram\n \n \n \nWebsite\nTruly, there's no place in the world quite like Sault Ste. Marie. From watching the aurora borealis to ice-cave exploring and everything in between, this Northern Ontario town is one magnificently magical place to spend your winter!\n\n \n \n \n \n \n Kate Elliott\n \n \n \nFor more information on planning your trip to Sault Ste. Marie, check out the city's website, and find them on Instagram and Facebook!\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.