Everyone knows that Canada has fantastic winters, and the Haliburton Highlands are no exception. Plentiful snow, gorgeous scenery, and shred-worthy slopes make skiing in Ontario the experience of a lifetime. Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride is one of the best ski hills near Ottawa, Toronto, or Barrie—making Sir Sam’s Inn and Spa one of the best and most widely accessible ski resorts in Ontario. Join us this winter for a ski trip you’ll never forget.
There’s nothing like an ice-cold pint on vacation. Getting out of town and enjoying the flavours of a new neighbourhood do wonders for melting away stress. Sir Sam’s Inn and Spa is in a beautifully scenic and secluded area while still being near five of the best Ontario breweries. You can wake up, get a massage, and then head out for a day of beer tasting. These are our top five picks for the best breweries in Ontario, in order of nearest to farthest from our Haliburton resort.
1. Haliburton Highlands Brewing | 15 Minutes
First up on our list is Haliburton Highlands Brewing, which serves up suds year-round. They have indoor and outdoor seating, with a fire pit to keep you warm and toasty in the winter, as well as weekly entertainment. You can attend educational workshops, Tuesday night bingo, live concerts, and some of the best brewery tours in Ontario at this local hot-spot.
2. Boshkung Brewing | 20 minutes
Another Haliburton Highlands brewery near Sir Sam’s Inn is Boshkung Brewing. Its main features are the upscale restaurant Rhubarb, picturesque lakeside dining, and beer by expert Ontario craft brewers. Their flavour combinations are artful. Rhubarb makes for an especially lovely dinner date on a romantic getaway. At just 20 minutes from our location on the shores of Eagle Lake, Boshkung Brewing is a must-stop spot on any Haliburton vacation.
3. Muskoka Brewery | One Hour
After visiting the first two Ontario breweries on our list, if you find yourself craving more, make a day—or two—of brewery tours in Ontario. There are three more incredible shops within an hour of your luxurious Sir Sam’s room, starting with Muskoka Brewery. Sunday night open mics are what make this brewery stand out. Don’t worry; their sips will give you the courage you need to take the stage.
4. Lake of Bays Brewing Company | One Hour
Characterized by its charming atmosphere and even better beer, Lake of Bays Brewing Company is an integral part of the Ontario craft beer scene. Not only is it one of the best breweries in Ontario, but it’s also an awesome music venue. You’ll hear plenty of local artists throughout your brewery tours in Ontario, but Lake of Bays has an exceptionally good venue.
5. Bancroft Brewing | One Hour
Just to the east of Haliburton County is Bancroft Brewing, which is comprised of a pub-style restaurant and one of the best Ontario breweries. The pub serves as a taproom for the freshly brewed sips. The gorgeous, old-fashioned storefront is more than Instagram-worthy, and the food and drinks are to-die-for.
Adults-Only Haliburton Resorts
Although many breweries are family-friendly, beer tasting is an adults-only activity. Sir Sam’s Inn has the accommodations to match. Our luxury adult Haliburton resort is perfect for those who want a calm getaway full of adult-focused activities, such as brewery tours, golf, facials, and more. Contact us today to set up your next Ontario vacation! Remember to drink responsibly and always have a designated driver.
Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride
Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride opened over 50 years ago, and for the past five decades, they’ve been perfecting the art of running a snow sport paradise. As one of the best ski hills in Ontario, it has 14 runs and four chair lifts for you to explore. It also has a full terrain park for the more adventurous skiers.
In addition to skiing, the Sir Sam’s ski area is ideal for those who want to snowboard in Ontario. They have skis and snowboards available for rent, so you can give both sports a try during your stay at Sir Sam’s Inn.
Save on Skiing in Ontario
Because Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride is just across the street, we offer package deals each winter. Our “Ski and Stay Escape” focuses on helping you enjoy the best ski hills near Ottawa. It’s an all-inclusive package including two nights of accommodation in a lakeside room and two single-day lift tickets.
To explore other snow sports in addition to skiing in Ontario, our “Best of Winter” package is right for you. It includes three nights of accommodation, two single-day lift tickets, and a dogsled tour. After a day at one of the best ski hills in Ontario, head back to the top ski resort in Ontario for a relaxing soak in the WaterSpa. Sir Sam’s Inn is within driving distance of several major Ontario cities, including Ottawa and Toronto, which makes our resort the perfect spot for a secluded weekend getaway. Just pack your bags, hop in the car, and get out of town to a new and exciting ski hill.
Best Ski Resorts in Ontario
The best ski resorts in Ontario aren’t just close to the best ski hills; they have spectacular accommodations and unparalleled amenities, too! When you stay at Sir Sam’s Inn, you’ll have easy access to the best ski hills in Ontario and top-notch resort features, such as our WaterSpa and gourmet dining. For more information on our one-of-a-kind winter adventures, call 800-361-2188.