It’s cold and snowy. While most people escape to summer land for their winter vacations, I decided to go just a little bit farther north for a ski trip in Blue Mountain, Toronto. The ski resort is just northwest of Collingwood. For Midwest skiers looking for more of an adventure, Blue Mountain is an ideal place to visit during the winter.
It is an alpine ski resort that offers 42 different trails ranging from beginner to double black diamond. You may also visit their website for more information.
But the ski adventure isn’t the only thing that makes Blue Mountain a magical winterland. After all, there’s something thrillingly counterintuitive about swimming while snowflakes settle in your hair.
What would be a better way to relax your body than shocking yourself in the hot water and resting at the sauna after long hours of skiing? We stayed at the Westin Trillium House near the ski resort, and although it does not have a natural hot spring, the hotel has an heated outdoor swimming pool and two hot tubs that add to the fun of this winter package. It also includes full kitchen and gas fireplaces, perfect for families or groups of friends. (Remember to check for the ski rental packages with the hotel.)
And that’s definitely not all of it. Remember to take a break for a walk at the village. Treats, food, shops – the village offers everything to complement your winter getaway. Furthermore, located in the center of the Village, you can experience speed in a different way by gliding on the natural ice of Blue Mountain Resort’s old-fashioned Mill Pond.
Back to the city
The venture changes completely when you decide to take a ski break and make the two and a half hours drive from the village to the city.
Toronto, with a population of 2.79 million people, is heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world (learn more about Toronto). Among all of the minority groups, a majority come from Asian ancestry. This also means a variety of Asian food will be available to take your taste buds on a diverse adventure of their own.
Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and more: you’ll find some of the world’s best Asian restaurants in Toronto. Below are some of the places I recommend trying:
Must Try: House Famous Specialty Curry Crab (My favorite part about the dish is dipping the homemade bread in the curry sauce after eating the crab.)
Address: 330 highway 7 east, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3P8
Hours: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm (Daily)
Recommend trying: Soybean Pudding (The restaurant is a place for Dim Sum. Dim Sum is a style of Cantonese food that is prepared in small bite-size or smaller portions. There are varieties of food you can choose, but one of the dishes I recommend trying is the Soybean Pudding, which is a traditional Chinese dessert made by tofu.)
Address: 3600 Victoria Park Avenue #1, Toronto, ON M2H, Canada
Hours: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Special request: Salmon Belly Sashimi (According to the owner, the belly is the fattest place of a salmon; therefore, the meat is most tender in that area. The Sashimi literally melts in your mouth.)
Address: 110 Windflower Gate G1, Woodbridge, Toronto, ON L4L 9K8
Hours: 12:00 – 10:30 pm
The drinks we ordered were Strawberry and Lavender, Black Truffle and Mad Man. (I seriously think all of the drinks I tried were good; however the best part about these drinks is how well their chasers echo the drinks.)
Address: 472 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday // 7pm until late, Sunday – Monday // closed
Although it was a short visit, Toronto always has something that surprises me. Cultured and cosmopolitan, Toronto nevertheless manages to provide a full adventure of fun, relaxation, and excitement.
If you are thinking about your next tropical winter getaway, my suggestion: why not double down on winter and enjoy the white and fluffy snow by going on a ski trip and embrace the vibrant culture of the city nearby!