The snow is falling and adventure is calling!

It’s official, Ontarians can get some money back if they choose to travel within the province thanks to Ontario’s staycation tax credit. The Personal Income Tax (PIT) credit would provide Ontario residents with the support of 20% of eligible 2022 accommodation expenses of up to $1,000 for an individual and $2,000 for a family, for a maximum credit of $200 or $400, respectively.

The urge to stay indoors is strong when the temperature drops. But now is the time to get out and explore local communities in South Eastern Ontario! The Brockville, SDG Counties, and Rideau Waterways region, are a winter lover’s paradise, with trails, skating rinks, tobogganing hills, ice fishing and so much more. Get inspired with the itinerary ideas below and plan your own romantic getaway this Winter.

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Day 1: Brockville

Make your way over to Brockville’s very own Aquatarium, the one and only massive aquarium and discovery centre in South Eastern Ontario! With interactive exhibits and activities (for not just children but adults too) including displays of ships used on the St. Lawrence River, viewing local fish, and meeting some friendly otters.

We guarantee you both will learn something new as Brockville Museum offers a glimpse into the social and industrial history of Ontario’s first incorporated town.  Through a variety of thematic and interpretive displays the Brockville Museum shares the stories of the people who have shaped this riverfront community for over 200 years. Currently offering some great online programming including downloadable activities, virtual field trips and presentations.

To finish the day, saunter arm-in-arm through The Brock Trail, or bring your camera to the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area

Day 2: SDG Counties

Day 2 is all about adventure and there’s plenty to choose from. Start your with breakfast at an iconic greasy spoon restaurant in Brockville and make your way to SDG Counties.

Take the drive up to Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary where winter enthusiasts flock to walk, ski, snowshoe, feed the birds and experience nature. The sanctuary covers hundreds of hectares and habitats, with more than eight kilometres of self-guided nature trails weaving through it all. The seasoned birder and amateur naturalist, alike, will enjoy this unique winter experience!

Just down the road, Hoople Creek is one of the most popular ice fishing spots in the area — and one of the area’s best-kept secrets! Hoople Creek is one of the largest natural Pickerel fish hatcheries and fishing areas in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec and most times you’ll come up with something. Drop a line and get cozy. 

Take it up a notch by visiting Countryside Adventures and experience the magic of Winter where you can skate through the forest hand-in-hand. Or catch some big air at  Big Ben Ski Centre. The hill is open from December to March. Big Ben provides a wire cable lift with a tow handle, snowmaking and grooming, a terrain park, night skiing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, a heated chalet, a change trailer, washrooms, and a snack bar. 

Afterward, escape to your preferred accommodation and order in some take-out for the night.

Day 3: North Grenville

Before heading home, stop Kemptville and embrace the spirit of outdoor skating. You’ll find there three outdoor rinks here accessible to the public during the winter as weather allows: at Curry Park, at Bishop’s Mills Park, and at eQuinelle subdivision. Watch in February for another special outdoor rink on the South Branch River (Kemptville Creek). 

Of course, no visit to Kemptville is complete without a visit to Grahame’s Bakery In operation since 1885, the heritage wood-burning oven is now on its third generation of Grahame family bakers. Step in from the cold into the toasty warm bakery for some decadent treats. Grahame’s still uses the original recipes to make breads, butter tarts, apple fritters and cookies. They make everything the old way, because at Grahame’s Bakery the old ways have never changed. Please note – cash only.

Have fun adventuring outdoors across South Eastern Ontario as the snow flies! You may end up with a major crush on winter.

Discover delicious options for dinner and cozy accommodations in South Eastern Ontario to make the most of your getaway!

Where to stay in Brockville, SDG Counties, and Cornwall,

Where to eat in Brockville, SDG Counties, Cornwall, and North Grenville

Upcoming Events

Brockville Winter Classic

Get ready for a weekend to remember February 18-21, 2022! This weekend is all about embracing winter and hitting the ice. Featuring former NHL hockey players, an outdoor hockey tournament, as well an Alumni game it’s capped off by an intimate gala with the players as well as a Family Day skate on Brockville’s world-class outdoor rink. Sharpen the skates and plan to attend!

Alexandria Ice Fishing Derby

This will be an exciting event – hook, line, and sinker! Celebrating its 20th year, the Alexandria Ice Fishing Derby promises fun for all anglers. Taking place from noon to 3 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2022, there are more than $50,000 in prizes to be won. Reel in some fun!

Looking for someone else to make the travel plans?

Planning a meaningful romantic retreat in South Eastern Ontario is a breeze thanks to the Canadian travel company, Landsby. View their list of different experiences throughout South Eastern Ontario to fit your budget and travel style.