Winter Wonderland: Ontario, Canada



Rainbow Ski Weekend – March 24-26, 2023 at Blue Mountain Resort (The Blue Mountains, Ontario) - The 5th annual Rainbow Ski Weekend at Blue Mountain is back and bigger than ever! Pack your ski gear and dancing shoes because you won’t want to miss out on 3 days of parties, variety shows, brunches and ski events.


The festivities kick off with a flag raising ceremony on Friday March 24th at 6:00pm at the entrance to Blue Mountain Village, followed by a welcome party in the Village hosted by fan favourite drag personalities. The mountain will be open for skiing and snowboarding all day throughout the weekend. In addition to exploring the 43 runs of exciting terrain, raise your flag high and join our team on a special ‘Rainbow Run’ as we guide a group of skiers down Smart Alec on Saturday March 25th and then right into the Event’s Plaza to kick off some interactive entertainment.


Aside from hitting the slopes, take in the welcome ceremony, interactive entertainment, Fireball sampling and après parties in the Events Plaza and at the top of the Mountain and topped off with the Fireball Party at Mother Tongue featuring comedy and DJ party. If you make it up in the morning, the brunch shows will hit the spot and keep the party going.


Getting here and staying here: Don’t miss this chance to celebrate diversity and show the distinct winter pride of the LGBTQ+ community. Save 30% with Blue Mountain Resort’s Village suites offer. Looking for an alternative to driving your own vehicle? AUC Tours offers a shuttle service that departs from four pick-up locations in Toronto and drives directly to Blue Mountain (2.5 hour drive) every day during the winter season.


About the Blue Mountain Village at Blue Mountain Resort:

Between the foot of the Niagara Escarpment’s scenic Blue Mountains and the rugged shores and crystal-clear waters of Georgian Bay, the picturesque Blue Mountain Village is Southern Ontario’s premiere four-season destination located at Blue Mountain Resort. A cobblestoned pedestrian village framed by turn-of-the-century Ontario architecture, the Village offers a wide variety of family accommodations, activities and attractions including over 50 unique shops and restaurants, mountaintop skating, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, 43 ski and snowboard trails, hotels with outdoor hot tubs, and much more. An incredible natural retreat, the Village offers as much – or as little – as you’d like to do. For a complete listing of Village events, please visit www.bluemountainvillage.ca


Tickets and lodging specials go on sale December 1, 2022 at BlueMountainVillage.ca


Winterlude (February 3-20, 2023, Ottawa, Ontario)

Celebrate free Canadian winter fun at this epic festival which takes place in the nation’s capital of Ottawa during the first three weekends of February each year! During Winterlude, you can marvel at beautiful ice sculptures, skate alongside thousands of winter enthusiasts on the world-famous Rideau Canal Skateway (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world as designated by Guiness World Records) and play till you drop in a gigantic snow playground called Snowflake Kingdom. Many other Winterlude activities—indoors and outdoors—highlight Canada's cultural, artistic and culinary diversity. Urban sites, museums and special events present special seasonal programming as well as opportunities to connect with Indigenous culture. Most festival activities are free and take place in the urban Ottawa-Gatineau region. Don't miss Canada's annual winter celebration in Canada’s capital!


Photos Courtesy of Blue Mountain Village and Destination Ontario