Hibernating is not an option

Crisp air, cool breezes, mittens and scarfs are just some of the ingredients to a fine winter day. Add in magical celebrations, wondrous events and exciting adventures and your winter just became amazing. Embrace winter and all its offerings in The Great Waterway.

Winter Things To Do at its Best

Lumina Borealis & Alight at Night
Lumina Borealis & Alight at Night
Winter Festivals & Events
Winter Festivals & Events
Out of the Ordinary Winter To-Dos
Out of the Ordinary Winter To-Dos
Theatre and Musical Performances
Theatre and Musical Performances

Lumina Borealis

Find your path through an enchanted land, across a frozen landscape and reignite your winter spirit. Fort Henry in Kingston is transformed in a magical land, welcoming visitors young and old to celebrate the wonder of winter. Walk the awe-inspiring paths at Lumina Borealis; it is by far the most magical thing you’ll do this winter. Located at Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario.



Alight at Night

Eastern Ontario’s biggest outdoor Festival welcomes visitors from all over for this amazing holiday celebration. Close to one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees and fences of Upper Canada Village creating a one-of-a-kind magical backdrop for its annual Alight at Night Festival – a true winter wonderland! Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Located at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario.

Winter Festivals & Events

As tempting as it may be to hunker down under a cozy blanket and will those chilly winter mouths away – there’s just way too much to do. In The Great Waterway there are a broad range of winter festivals and events to get you outside and active. Best of all, they are a whole lot of fun.

Westport Winter CarnivalThe lakeside town of Westport is transformed into a glittery winter wonderland for this family-friendly winter carnival that takes places all weekend long. Winter games, horse and wagon rides, free live entertainment, Sunday in the Country, skating and snowshoeing await!

Winter Chill Festival in Napanee:  Napanee’s most loved winter events are now held on one day, making a trip to this historic town a fun-filled day for the whole family. Skating, face painting chili cook offs, outdoor games and a ball hockey tournament will keep you entertained all day long.

Winterfest at Sandbanks:  Historic Maple Rest is the location of this family-friendly winter celebration. Activities for the kiddos includes live music and sledding, plus snowshoeing, skiing, a Kitchen Party Jam and tasty treats including chili, hot chocolate and tea. Free.

Ameliasburgh Winter Carnival:  Head to pretty Ameliasburgh for their annual winter carnival. At Roblin Lake Park, there will be free skating, kids games, snacks and refreshments from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Weather permitting, enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, with equipment and assistance provided by Quinte Conservation. Free. 

Sophiasburgh Winter Festival:  Sleigh rides, a chili cook off, bonfires, skating, a fish fry, chili and live music are just some of the things you and your family can do at this action-packed winter festival. Bring your appetites and your skates and enjoy a weekend in the great outdoors. prince-edward-county.com

Milford Winter Carnival: Make sure you are in The County for an epic two days of fun at the Milford Winter Carnival. There will be a great selection of winter activities for the entire family.

Kingston Feb Fest: For four days every February K-town’s downtown area around Market Square fills with the sound of skates on ice, pucks on sticks and 30,000 people enjoying the outdoors. Feb Fest highlights include the Carr-Harris Cup, an annual hockey match between Queen’s and RMC; a winter park with ice slides and a snow maze and so much more.

Frost Fest in Batawa: Family fun and entertainment are on tap at FrostFest at the Batawa Community Centre. All day activities include; skating, arts and crafts, horse & carriage rides and more.

Out of the Ordinary Winter To-Dos  

You’ve skated, skied, gone sledding and warmed up with hot chocolate. Now what? Here are a few ‘hang up your toque’ indoor activities that are fun to do all year round.


The Aquatarium is an engaging, fun filled, educational and interactive center where visitors can explore the history of this region, all year round. This 27,000 square foot centre showcases the diverse waters and wildlife of the St. Lawrence River and 1000 Islands. Best of all, you and your kids will love it!

A visit to the Aquatarium is a gateway to a world of underwater immersion where fish tanks showcase the diverse environment of the St. Lawrence River. You’ll get up close to a variety of fish species and underwater perspective of a shipwreck as you walk through the underwater tunnel.

Ahoy, matey! You can also climb through the rigging of a tall ship with the one-of-a-kind ropes course! This activity is engaging and interactive for kids and adults alike. Instructors are on hand to ensure that climbers safely learn to navigate this unique climbing adventure. Navigate to the edge of the deck—where a 4-storey quick jump awaits! Take the 40-foot AquaDrop to the ground floor, or take a comfortable slide off the SS Kingston. There’s even a mini ropes course and scramble net for the littlest explorers.

When you plan your visit make sure to be there when the playful otters get fed at 11:30 a.m. These furry friends invite you to take a step out of the ordinary and explore the 1000 Islands from their point of view. The 3 aquatic denizens will keep you captivated as they swim and play throughout the massive glass-enclosed river habitat, complete with a rushing waterfall for the otters to delight in as they put on a show without even realizing it. This is just a fraction of what there is to see and do at the Aquatarium, making this a wonderful family-friendly attraction in The Great Waterway.

Escape Rooms

If you like logic puzzles, a bit of theatrics and the pressure of working under a deadline, you’ll love Escape rooms. This new form of immersive entertainment has grown in popularity and in The Great Waterway we have many to choose from.

Improbable Escapes Kingston – The experiences are live action adventures, where you are challenged to use creative and lateral thinking to solve your way out of a “locked” room. The games are 60+ minutes of intense and unique puzzles in which you must work with your team to try and escape before the buzzer goes off.

They only have private bookings – which means its just you and whoever you bring with you – to ensure you have the most fun with your team!

Sherlock’s Escapes Kingston – Sherlock has been missing for months! Do you have what it takes to solve Kingston’s cases, and by doing so hopefully track down Sherlock? With some of Sherlock’s famed villains like Jim Moriarty and Irene Adler on the loose, you’ll have a rather intimidating task ahead of you. Bring your thinking cap and your detective team for an hour of sleuthing fun.

Rush Hour Escapes Cornwall – Come play a challenging real life adventure game with one goal: Escape the room in 60 minutes. Players, in groups of 2-8, must work together to find clues, crack codes and solve puzzles to escape the room before time runs out.

Escape Manor Cornwall – Escape the Cornwall Jail! You’ve been wrongly accused and sentenced to death. Will you be able to prove your innocence before your time is up or will you swing from the gallows?

Breakout Belleville – The idea is quite simple. You and your friends are locked in a room with 60 minutes to escape. Players must work together to solve hidden puzzles and clues found in the room before the 60-minute buzzer sounds! Use your intuition, teamwork skills and intelligence to accomplish a unique challenge! Do you and your team have what It takes to escape?

Virtual Reality

Put on the glasses and headphones and you’ll be transported to another world. There may be zombies to slay or mystical creatures to feed.

The VR Hut Kingston – Check out Kingston’s first Virtual Reality Experience Centre that enables you to experience premium, high-end VR without the barriers of cost and space. You are immersed into a rich virtual world like no other. Escape to your new reality with VR!

 Theatre and Musical Performances

This winter warm up with an amazing theatre or musical performance in The Great Waterway. Whether you want to see a wonderful theatre performance or a well-known band play, there are amply opportunities:

Belleville Theatre Guide – The Belleville Theatre Guild has been offering excellent community theatre at affordable family prices since 1951. Every year brings a new season’s crop of entertaining theatre. With a blend of classic and contemporary, you are sure to find laughter, tears, debate, and the joy of music.

The Pinnacle Playhouse, is conveniently located in historic downtown Belleville, close to amenities that include an art gallery, library, casual and fine dining, retail shopping, and a beautiful public waterfront.

Lennox Community Theatre – The Village Theatre in Selby, Ontario, is home to Lennox Community Theatre Inc. The theatre is an attractive and intimate 80-seat performing space. The wholly-volunteer company runs theatre seasons of several plays of various types – dramas, thrillers, comedies, musicals, pantomimes.

Old Canal Theatre Cornwall – Cornwall’s Old Canal Theatre is a performing arts coop created by three local Theatre companies and Dream Builder Studio. Working together the coop has successfully created a thriving bilingual theatre community in Cornwall and area. The 100 seat theatre currently has a six show playbill with more to come in future.

The Grand Theatre Kingston – One of the main cultural venues in the greater Kingston region, the City of Kingston’s Grand Theatre serves as the prime performing arts venue for hundreds of professional and amateur performances annually including ballet, modern dance, theatre, variety, musicals, comedy and more.

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Kingston – The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts is a new state-of-the-art performing arts centre that includes a 566-seat world-class concert hall, a 100-seat studio theatre, an art & media lab and a 92-seat film screening room. The Isabel has a dynamic performance series that includes internationally acclaimed artists and the next generation of exquisite talent.

K-Rock Centre KingstonThe Rogers K-Rock Centre is a modern event facility that can host concerts up to a capacity of 6,700 along with conferences, trade shows and gala dinners for up to 1000 on our arena floor. The arena is the home of the Kingston Frontenacs ice hockey team of the Ontario Hockey League.

Since opening, Rogers K-Rock Centre has hosted hundreds of sporting events, concerts, special events, and community activities. World renowned artists, athletes, and performers have come to Kingston through this facility.

Regent Theatre Picton – Situated on Main Street in picturesque Picton, Ontario, the historic Regent Theatre is the centre for the arts in Prince Edward County, providing the community with a unique venue for live theatre and music.

First run movies, art films presented by Cinefest, and an international satellite feed fine arts programme (opera, dance, theatre) round out the offerings of The Regent, making it a diverse venue that truly reflects its community.

The Regent is a rare example of a still intact Edwardian opera house. Construction began in 1918 using the 80-year old foundation of a former warehouse. Designed by Toronto architects Warrington and Page, The Regent Theatre opened its doors in February 1922 with the Canadian war comedy live play “Mademoiselle from Armentieres”.

The Empire Theatre, Belleville – The Empire Theatre opened its doors in September 2003 and is considered by both national and international performers to be one of Ontario’s finest live performing arts theatres.

A 700 seat capacity with state of the art sound and lighting, The Empire Theatre continues to host artists ranging from rock to country, blues and jazz. Additionally, the theatre screens acclaimed movies and documentaries on a regular basis.

Aultsville Theatre – Since 1976, Aultsville Theatre has hosted world class performances in its spacious theatre. Audiences enjoy excellent acoustics, with no seat more than 90 feet from center stage!

Located along the 401 corridor between Toronto and Montreal, Cornwall is a popular stop for professional touring artists. Cornwall’s close proximity to Ottawa, Montreal, and northern New York state provides audiences with an inexpensive, traffic-free opportunity to take in top-notch entertainment at a fraction of big-city prices.

Come to Aultsville Theatre and experience the friendly welcome Cornwall has to offer!

Brockville Arts Centre _ Leading Canadian artists and performers have touted the Brockville Arts Centre as Canada’s foremost midsized historic theatre. The recent $2 million facelift, has raised the eyebrows of Canada’s musical elite with a sound system equivalent to Celine Dion’s Las Vegas system. Luxurious seating duplicated from Washington’s Lincoln Centre and historic chandeliers from the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City.

One of the most memorable compliments comes from renowned Canadian Artist, John McDermott, who was quoted that “of the many continents he has performed at, Brockville Arts Centre has acoustic excellence second to none”.

Kingston Frontenacs

There’s nothing quite like an OHL hockey game to warm you up on a chilly winters day. Come cheer on The Fronts at Kingston’s K-Rock Centre. This is junior ice hockey at its best. Home games typically take place on Friday evenings but the complete schedule can be found here.

Belleville, Senators

The American Hockey League has arrived in Belleville! The Ottawa Senators have moved their top minor league team, the Belleville Senators to Belleville. You can come see these talented young AHL players at the renovated Yardmen Arena, where they’ll play for at least 8 seasons. Come cheer on the Belleville Senators!


Prince Edward County is home to many passionate winemakers, who are producing some of this country’s best wines. These winemakers are just one of the reasons why this is Canada’s fastest growing wine region and a designated viticultural area – with now over 45 wineries! A visit to The County during the winter will still give you ample opportunity to learn and sample wines at various wineries.

Book your tour:

Prince Edward County Wine Tours – Experience the County in class. PEC Wine Tours is the region’s specialist in offering the ultimate wine tour experience. They offer a variety of choices including a 5 star limousine service, passenger van, corporate packages as well as accommodation packages.

PEC Wine Tours uses local, knowledgeable staff as a way to offer our customers the full “County” experience, including history and art as well as the chance to indulge in local cuisine prepared by world-class chefs and National and International award winning wines.

From novice to wine savvy we have an experience for you that will share rich history, how grapes grow here, and discuss the world of wine while touring some of the best and most famous wineries in Prince Edward County. You can rest assured that you are in good hands with PEC Wine Tours and will get a one-of-a-kind experience!

Sandbanks Vacations and Tours – Sandbanks Vacations & Tours is your one stop shop for staying and playing in Prince Edward County.

Sandbanks Tours will take you on a Wine Tour to the many hot spots in the area. Treat yourself to a day with friends or family on one of our fun and informative guided Wine Tours. Looking for something out of the ordinary? We can create a custom Specialty Tour that will satisfy any

A County Experience – If you’re are looking for a unique tour of the County, The County Experience is a great place to go. The tours are totally private and customized for you.

The County Wine Tours – It’s always wine o’clock in The County! Prince Edward County is Ontario’s hottest vacation destination for wine-loving foodies. Join us for a guided bike tour through the area’s most fun and unique wineries and rack up the wine tastings – and Instagram likes!

Beyond The Vine – Tour some of the best wineries Prince Edward County has to offer with this premiere experience. We’ll visit 3 award-winning wineries and savour hand-crafted chef creations expertly paired with some of the region’s top wines.

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