Winter’s cold has two upsides: blanketing hills in fluffy snow and quieting noisy children by sticking their tongues to steel poles. Walk through a peaceful winter wonderland with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a two-hour snowshoeing adventure package (a $60 total value) from Toronto Adventures that includes the following:
- An introductory snowshoeing lesson
- A two-hour guided tour of Humber Valley<p>
Tours meet beside a free parking lot at King’s Mill Park, which is within walking distance of the Old Mill TTC Subway Station. Guides schedule tours according to appropriate levels of snowfall, and most are scheduled throughout January and February. Refer to the calendar for upcoming tours.
Guided tour groups shuffle over cottony snowscapes on snowshoeing adventures that meander through Humber Valley’s majestic forests and fields. After participants lace up their newly acquired foot paddles and calm empty hands of their envy, a simple introduction to snowshoeing lesson teaches the group basic steps and safety instructions. Once everyone can display a degree of grace in their short steps, the chilly ballet continues with a trek along the scenic trails of Humber Valley. An experienced guide leads the small groups into woodsy depths that obscure proximity to the city as deer poke their heads out from bushes and blue jays nesting in baseball mitts coo at passersby. Beginners of all ages and shoe sizes can embark on the intro course and tour, though guides suggest all participants dress warmly for the weather and wear flat-bottomed, waterproof boots.
Toronto Adventures Inc.
The team at Toronto Adventures Inc. create winter, summer, spring, or fall fun adventures by taking urbanites out of their condos and A-frames and into the area's nearby-yet-faraway outdoor streams, trails, and forests. In winter, the guides lead groups snowshoeing in the Humber Valley and Copeland Forest, and in warmer months, they glide teams over two rivers for kayaking and canoeing adventures. Paddlers cast gentle ripples over waters that harbour salmon and turtles while admiring shores that shelter deer, foxes, and blue heron.
Summer enthusiasts can also bask in the warm weather by sailing on Lake Ontario in keelboats, staring directly into the sun, or standing astride a paddleboard at Sunnyside Beach. For land lovers, guided hikes explore the Humber and Rouge valleys as well as the Bruce Trail. Toronto Adventures also offers adventure bus trips, dogsledding, stand up paddleboarding, hiking, and sailing.